• QUENTIN McKellar, director of the Edinburgh-based Moredun Research Institute, has won the RASEs Bledisloe Vet Award. Prof McKellar has been heavily involved in development of antibiotics, anthelmintics and pain relieving therapies for the purpose of improving animal health.
• JUST when they need the money most, pig producers might face difficulties persuading banks to lend it for investment to improve efficiency. Pig consultant Bernard Peet advises those seeking a loan to draw up a full financial justification for the project including assumptions on performance and cost improvements. A sensitivity analysis showing the effect of prices on its viability should add further weight to the application, he adds.
• AVONCROFT has secured exclusive marketing rights to the Cooperative Resources International stud. CRI is said to be the largest AI company in the US and the deal promises to offer Avoncroft customers improved accessibility to top sires and greater value for money, according to the company. *