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Watch: Young farmer finds New Zealand job on Twitter

Young female farmers from the Midlands have been using innovative new ways to establish themselves in what has traditionally been seen as a man's world.

Sophie Barnes, who reared her first flock in Dale Abbey in Derbyshire, used social media to make contacts after she moved to New Zealand.

  • Hear more from Sophie's Skype interview from New Zealand with ITV News Central below.

Harvest woes for farmers after wetter than normal June

We may be into August and harvest time, but farmers say they're finding crops are underperforming, costing them thousands of pounds.

We've been talking to a farmer in Worcestershire who supplies all his grain to make lager in Burton on Trent but after a wetter than normal start to the summer, has had to go to great lengths this year to make sure his grain is good enough. Melissa Wright reports.


Report: Twin lambs in 'miracle birth' on farm

A farm in Farnsfield in Nottinghamshire say they are celebrating a 'miracle birth' after one of their ewes gave birth despite giving no signs of being pregnant.

The twins, aptly named Angel and Mary, have been described as a Christmas miracle.

Watch the full report below.

Farm hails 'Christmas miracle' after birth of twin lambs

The twin lambs are being hailed a 'Christmas Miracle' Credit: White Post Farm

A farm in Nottinghamshire claims to be celebrating a 'virgin birth' this Christmas, after a ewe gave birth to surprise twins.

Staff at White Post Farm in Farnsfield say the ewe in question was not thought to have mated with a ram and had tested negative on pregnancy scans.

Rams used in breeding are fitted with a mechanism to dispense coloured dye onto any ewe they 'serve', or mate with. The ewe in question had no dye on her at all, leading the farm to believe that she couldn't be pregnant.

So when she gave birth to twin lambs, there was shock all round. The farm are hailing it a 'Christmas miracle'.

The pair, who are said to be unusually coloured, are yet to be named.

Farmers encourage public to buy British food in 'Red Tractor Week'

Farmers and growers will be encouraging the public to buy high quality British food and drink Credit: PA

Farmers and growers will be encouraging the public to buy high quality British food and drink at events across the West Midlands as part of 'Red Tractor WeelK.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and its members will be at stores, with their tractors, to talk to shoppers about the work that goes into producing food.

Farmers will encourage people to look for the Red Tractor logo on-pack when they are doing their shopping.

"Our farmers and growers provide some of the highest quality produce in the world and I would encourage everyone to look out for the Red Tractor logo when shopping, there are some great British products and ingredients just waiting to be discovered."

– NFU East Midlands regional director Richard Hezlet

ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Cooperative, Lidl and Aldi have all signed up to support Red Tractor Week and promotional campaigns will run in-store on pre-packed branded goods including meat and poultry, dairy, cereals and other fresh produce.

The Red Tractor logo on products confirms that independent assessors have checked that British food and drink meets comprehensive standards.

These look at issues like traceability, animal welfare, food safety and hygiene and environmental protection.

Farmers are also being encouraged to get involved through a high profile social media campaign #trustthetractor by telling consumers what they do and why supporting Red Tractor is so important.

For more information and to get involved visit

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