• In the spotlight... with Graham Manson, of Highland Park

  • Seems to me that the seasons are a-changing. Just like the winter of 2013, the dormant period has gone on for longer than normal and spring has been compressed into a brief couple of weeks.

  • How does the idea of eating only raw food sound to you? Very cleansing and refreshing, though perhaps not sustainable, or quite frankly bonkers and not something you would ever consider?

  • Last weekend gave Ayrshire art lovers the chance to browse their favourite artist’s studios as part of the Open Studios Ayrshire Art Trail. Among more than 70 artists involved, there were four members from the farming community that had work on show.

  • He's known as man's best friend, and it is equally well-known that we are a nation of dog lovers, but often dog owners find they can't include their pets in their everyday lives.

  • Jim Carruth is well-known in Scotland’s poetry circles as someone who specialises in writing poems with an agricultural theme having grown up on a Renfrewshire dairy farm; which makes it all the more interesting that he has been chosen as the City of Glasgow’s Poet Laureate.

  • The Scottish Women’s Rural Institute has dropped the word ‘rural’ from its title, after 98 years of being affectionately nicknamed ‘The Rural’.

  • Zan Kirk, from Low Kilbride, in Dumfries, has struck upon a novel way of making hill lambing that little easier if you are dealing with small numbers, perhaps on the scale that smallholders deal with.

  • The farming and rugby world have united in a quest to support Stu Ridley, a 25-year-old farmer from Northumberland whose recent diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumour has galvanised support from all across the country.

  • In the spotlight with… Andy Smith, chief executive British Trout Association