Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • Gala WATER is a busy place these days.

  • I CAN only guess it's a bit like getting a wee tax rebate or chancing upon some loose change in one of the recesses of the pick-up when you need to pay for parking - you know it's not going to be the makings of a fortune but small things are sometimes enough to brighten what might otherwise have been a glum day.

  • WHAT a roller coaster ride farming has become, or was it always like this?

  • MANY OF you who sit down to read this will be thinking the editor has failed in his job, but YOLO is a slang phrase used by the youth of today, generally following a daft act (of which there are too many to mention).

  • GRASS is Scotland's largest crop, but causes all farmers a most stressful period, especially those of us who are grassland fanatics.

Letters

Letters

  • SIR, - I'm dismayed to see the failing interest in Charollais sheep in Scotland and tired of trying to reverse the opinions of farmers up here who have experimented with the breed and been disappointed.

  • SIR, - In your article 'Be cautious of corncrakes', you quote Lewis Vicky Anderson, as a RSPB representative saying:

  • SIR, - There have been many letters on the landlord/tenant situation and so I thought I would add my tuppence worth.

  • SIR, - We are now at harvest 2014 and it is instructive, and not a little frightening, to look back 30 years to 1984 when wheat was selling for £125/tonne, with malting barley £10 more.

  • SIR, - In response to Dr Keith Dawson's letter of the July 5 stating that global temperatures had plateaued and that the planet has warmed in the past, I would just like to say that in the last 150 years we as industrialised human beings have probably added to that warming (increased CO2 concentrations are a greenhouse gas) and are perhaps preventing it from cooling more in the last few decades within its natural warming and cooling cycles.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • FOR AN industry reliant on long term decision making, 10 years is not a long time.

  • IN AN era of UK devolution, the minister at Defra is less important than when all policy was set by London.

  • When it comes to agricultural products every boom has in it the seeds of a slump.

  • The Boulevard of Broken Dreams is a famous poster of disillusioned movie stars in a late night Hollywood diner - and for many that must be how the first session of the new European parliament this week in Strasbourg felt.

  • THE BATTLE over who will be the next European Commission president is an interesting one.

Farmer Right-hand Column