Police and farmers are asking people who live in the countryside to be vigilant after the theft of large numbers of livestock.Read the full story ›
People living in rural communities are being urged to be vigilant following a dramatic increase of livestock thefts in the last fortnight.Read the full story ›
A Gloucestershire farmer shot a dog after it attacked sheep and lambs in his field.Read the full story ›
Lambs at a Keynsham wildlife park have been kitted out with knitted jackets, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Staff at Avon Valley had been keeping the orphaned youngsters warm with plastic coats, which can increase survival by up to 50 percent - but are nowhere near as dapper.
Watch: Images of the orphaned lambs in their colourful woolly coats
Doug Douglas, the managing director of Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, would love to find out who the mystery knitter is, so he can thank them.
Now, it's not long before the Shaun the Sheep sculpture trail invades Bristol but today their real life woolly cousins beat them to it.
When the historic Durdham Downs became a public open space in 1861, property owners nearby were given "commoners' rights" to graze livestock there.
And this afternoon, 15 June, that tradition was upheld.
A Forest of Dean Sheep Commoner has been prosecuted at Gloucester Magistrates Court for causing unnecessary suffering to sheep.Read the full story ›
Sheep farmers are at crisis point. They say recent bad weather, low supermarket prices and now the return of the deadly Schmallenberg virus are threatening to put them out of business.
Schmallenberg causes birth defects in lambs. And while it was only discovered a year ago, farmers say the impact has been huge - 91 cases have been confirmed across Dorset and Somerset so far this year.
One farmer says if his sheep contract the virus his livelihood will be destroyed.
Tanya Mercer reports:
As sheep farmers in the region experience higher than normal losses, still births and deformities, the NFU says every effort must be made to ensure a vaccine is available later this year to help combat the spread of the deadly Schmallenberg virus.
The disease has spread across England and Wales to the Scottish border region, and has now been confirmed on more than 1,000 UK farms.
Although it is still being recognised by Defra and the European Commission as 'low impact' on a national scale, the cost for individual businesses can run into thousands of pounds.
It comes at the same time as lamb prices have hit their lowest level for three years and livestock producers are facing rising production costs due to the extreme weather in 2012.
The National Farmers' Union says it's vital that a vaccine for Schmallenberg virus is made available this year. The disease causes stillbirths and birth defects in sheep and cattle and is carried through insects.
It's spreading through the South West, with nearly 60 cases in Dorset and more than 50 in South Somerset.