• Life can change in the blink of an eye. We all know that – particularly for farmers around heavy machinery and unpredictable animals all day. But for the Camerons, Cara and Don, crofters from just north of Lairg, they have endured a traumatic time, after Don lost his arm through a baler accident.

  • Next week the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) will be launching their first annual RHET Week. The week runs from November 15 to 24, with events happening across Scotland throughout the entire month.

  • By Joyce Reid

    When 21 women get together – in many cases meeting former friends they haven’t seen for 49 years – you can imagine how the chat would flow.

  • Erica Hughes, aged 13, from  Broughton,  Biggar, has been showing Beltex sheep at the young handler competitions. Here she shares some of her showing tips.
     

  • Emma Struthers from Boylston Farm, Cumnock, loves helping show dairy cattle at her local and some of the national shows. Here she gives us some of her top tips.

  • By Douglas Boatman

    I’m standing in a steady drizzle
    Sifting through a sea of mud.
    The carrot tops are still bright green
    But I’ve lifted nearly all the spuds.
    The peas and beans have now been blanched
    And in the freezer tightly fitted.
    My hands so stained with beetroot juice
    You’d think murder’s been committed!
    Harvest time and happy faces for once!

  • By Karen Carruth

    John Strang, aged 84 of Auldhouse, near East Kilbride, is ‘Still Game’.
    Milking twice a day, John keeps himself busy curling and golfing as well as helping out generally around the farm.  The Strang family have farmed in the area since 1597. Currently dairying on the worst land in Lanarkshire, according to John’s father, he milks 120 cows with his brother Bill on Auldhouse Farm, Rawhead Farm and Cogrunnan Mill, John’s home. The family have extended the land they own over the years and have ventured into Texels and crosses under the competent eye of John’s daughter, Doris, and her husband Dave.
    John enjoys travelling, holidaying last year in Russia, China the year before, and visiting Canada this year for a family wedding. He is also active in the Rotary Club – a busy man, he lives life to the full.

  • This week's young handler is Alan Lindsay, age 13, of Kepscaith Farm, Longridge, West Lothian.

  •  Georgina Smith, age 15, of Barmurrie Farm, Balmaclellan, Castle Douglas is in her last year as a young handler, and she is still as enthusiastic and committed as ever. Already competing successfully in the adult classes Georgina has now taken over the dressing of all the farm's sheep for shows.
     

  • Ben McSporran, an 11 year old from Peebleshire, is our latest young handler to be featured.