• MASTITIS has been an increasing problem in the UK sheep flock for a number of years, but tackling it should be easier in future thanks to new research being undertaken by the British Texel sheep Society.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Matt Carryer for winning the Honda ATV at this year's Blackface Sheep Breeders' Association annual raffle draw.

  • THE new co-operative which has purchased the Brechin abattoir from AP Jess, has injected confidence into the jaded Scottish pig industry.

  • MORE and more students are heading back to the kitchen to cook up a lamb dish with a little help from Eblex.

  • NEIL SHAND is to remain as secretary of the British Simmental Cattle Society.

  • A BUMPER lamb crop combined with much improved weather throughout the season are the main reasons behind lamb prices being some 10% lower than this time last year.

  • DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.

  • NATIONAL Milk Records has purchased 100% of the share capital of South Wales-based cattle breeding company Inimex Genetics Limited.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

  • A NEW British cattle breed society has been established with the incorporation of the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) which will see its formal launch in and around Tetbury, Gloucestershire, on November 11-12, 2014.