By Katie Feehan For Mailonline. A leading producer has begun giving away thousands of eggs today as poultry farmers across Britain warned they are cracking under the pressure of Covid. Egg sales have 'fallen off a cliff' after the closure of restaurants and the schools shutdown in the latest national lockdown. With producers faced with having to throw away perfectly edible eggs as demand declines, one farm in Cornwall, St Ewe, has begun donating thousands of cartons to food banks for needy people to help themselves. For each tray sold at a current reduced price, the farm is donating one carton of free-range eggs to food banks across Cornwall.
T he poster for Rams depicts a perturbed-looking Michael Caton next to a smug-looking Sam Neill , both standing behind a sheep, which, like them, is staring into the camera. How wrong you would be. Rams is a lovely, even-tempered drama about men and rural life, gentle but firm of spirit, with a down-to-earth pith and a way of entertainingly and unpretentiously exploring potentially difficult subjects such as masculinity. In the Australian version, the protagonist Colin Neill is the more affable of the pair, a sensible chap with savoir-faire, who gazes upon his cattle with love and reverence, literally telling them how beautiful they are. Authorities decree that every sheep in the valley must be killed for the sake of containment, which means, in addition to the brothers losing their livelihood, the potential end of their prized bloodline.
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SEXED sheep semen is being used by major Australian wool, prime lamb and maternal seedstock breeders to quickly lift the number of superior rams and ewes for sale and spread genetic gains. Total Livestock Genetics Paul Douglas at Camperdown in Victoria said sexed semen was provided for Murnong Farming at Inverleigh last year to produce all-female progeny and fast-track development of the Probreed Highlander flock. TLG is now undertaking other projects for sheep meat and Merino breeders, he said. Mr Douglas said sexed semen had been mainly used in the dairy industry, but the sheep industry was just beginning to embrace the technology. Artificial insemination results can vary, but in one flock last year an 85 percent pregnancy rate was achieved with fresh sexed semen, compared with 82pc with fresh unsexed semen.