Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • AFTER DOING a good job of avoiding it, I have finally been cornered to contribute to the opinion column.

  • USUALLY, October is the beginning of winter in this part of the world, but this year has been different, with no real winter conditions until November and, even now, grass is still growing in abundance, which means that the sheep are sure enjoying a great back-end bite.

  • BRIAN Pack's report 'Doing Better' initiative to reduce red tape for farmers and rural land managers, is a weighty document.

  • Well, the coos are in, the clocks have changed and the long, gloomy nights of November stretch out before us.

  • THE price of prime lambs continues to cause major concerns for the viability of the businesses of many sheep producers.

Letters

Letters

  • SIR, - With yet another lame duck tenancy review in the offing, the time for a tenant farmer's absolute right to buy has arrived.

  • SIR - So many people have approached me regarding my Red Kite and Buzzard letters and other matters like blanket forestry and the buying up of huge estates and sterilising them or rendering them useless that I believe and have told those people it is time to stand up, be counted and petition the government.

  • Sir - I have been farming a grade 'c' hill farm (ie, a farm rated as the most difficult on the main land of Scotland) for over 40 years.

  • SIR, - A couple of years ago the Rent Review group's report bombed through a failure to address the core problems of rent reviews which were obvious.

  • SIR, - Attendance at the recent AHRG meeting in Bridge of Allan confirmed to me that the objective of the review is flawed from the start, holed below the waterline and bound to be a temporary patch up.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • IN ONE of those bizarre juxtapositions of events, we all watched spellbound while European space scientists landed a probe on a comet three hundred million miles away - while at the same time the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, was emulating the nineteenth century Luddites who destroyed machinery because it threatened their jobs.

  • THE EUROPEAN Commission is not known for good management of its finances - hence the reason its auditors have not been able to sign off its accounts for 19 successive years.

  • THE NEW farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, had barely got his feet under his desk in Brussels before the Irish Farmers Association was setting out what it expected, and to be fair it has a reasonable case.

  • THIS WEEKEND it is a case of all change in Brussels.

  • WHEN IT comes to decision making, it is often difficult to follow the logic of the European Commission.

Farmer Right-hand Column