• NEW company secretary of the British Blue Cattle Society is Andy Ryder, who takes over from the soon to retire John Fleming.

  • THERE'S A new chairman and president at the helm at the UK's largest breed society, Holstein UK and Ireland (HUKI).

  • DOGS met a very good trade at Skipton Auction Mart's October sale last week, where a clearance rate of 87% was achieved with a top price of 4000gns to a named buyer.

  • 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.