India carries a huge livestock population. Small ruminants, namely, goats and sheep, play a vital role in securing the livelihood of small and marginal farmers and landless labourers. Such animals should not be blamed for the ecological degradation, soil erosion and desertification caused by human activities.

The British government has announced an outbreak of the livestock disease bluetongue. The disease was first detected in early September, when a cow on a farm near Ipswich, Suffolk, was found

medicinal plants have traditionally been used as part of animal feed to enhance nutrition and treat digestive disorders. In a recent experiment it was found that drumsticks (Moringa oleifera)

A disease that afflicted northwestern Kenya last year has killed about 100,000 goats and sheep in Turkana district of the country. The disease, peste des petits ruminants, also called goat

The Australian wool industry recently said that it had dropped court action against an animal rights group after it agreed to end its campaign to boycott retailers selling Australian wool. The

Livestock production is the primary source of livelihood and income in most of the high steppe and alpine regions of the Indian Trans-Himalaya.

1996: Dolly (sheep): The first mammal cloned from the cell of adult sheep

2001: Gaur (wild ox): Born to a cow surrogate, dies within 48 hours

2001: a Mouflon lamb: Clone of an endangered wild sheep native to the Mediterranean region

2003: a banteng (a threatened Javanese cattle): Cloned from an animal that died 20 years ago

2003/4: Madge, Caty and Ditteaux (wildcats): Cloned from African wildcats

There is recent evidence to suggest that domestic livestock deplete the density and diversity of wild herbivores in the cold deserts of the Trans-Himalaya by imposing resource limitations.

Both her birth and death stirred a raging debate. Dolly the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell was put to death on February 14, 2003. The six year old sheep was suffering from the fatal progressive lung disease

Mixed reaction greets cloning of human embryo