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Getting the job done - in all weathers

New Year is traditionally a time for looking forward – but also for reflecting on the year just gone.

RICHARD LOCHHEAD visited William Thomson's Wheatrig Farm, near Longniddry, in East Lothian, in December, to hear about the worst year, in terms of yield and quality, in Mr Thomson s 20 years of arable farming experience
RICHARD LOCHHEAD visited William Thomson's Wheatrig Farm, near Longniddry, in East Lothian, in December, to hear about the worst year, in terms of yield and quality, in Mr Thomson s 20 years of arable farming experience

But this is particularly true this year, as The Scottish Farmer celebrates its 120th birthday. A great deal has changed in that time, of course, but our farmers have often been the drivers of change – as I'm sure they will be for generations to come.

I firmly believe it takes a special type of person to be a farmer. They need to be hard-working, enjoy the outdoors, have a good business brain, be resilient and adaptable.

But the rewards can be tremendous – who wouldn't want to work in the heart of our magnificent countryside, secure in the knowledge that they're helping to put food on the nation's plate?

Yet farming in Scotland means coping with often quite unique conditions. First and foremost the prolonged period of unseasonal wet weather we can experience and 2012 certainly saw plenty of that.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, January 3 2013)

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