Scientists believe that two mathematical rules govern the herding abilities of sheepdogs, and have suggested that robots could one day herd sheep.
EU farm groups claim that the financial impact of the Russian food ban will be greater than the Common Agricultural Policy's crisis fund budget.
Natural England has issued letters to cull companies in Somerset and Gloucestershire indicating that the criteria have been met to allow a second year of badger culling to go ahead in the two 'pilot' zones.
Environment Agency officials working in Somerset have said their work has passed the halfway point.
CABI, will be releasing a rust fungus at locations in Berkshire, Cornwall and Middlesex as part of field trials to control the non-native, invasive weed Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) using natural means.