Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • SOME books are read once, some not even that – and some again and again! In the last category, for me anyway, is ‘Farmers Glory’ by AG Street.

  • THE following transcript, handed in anonymously to the offices of The Scottish Farmer, comes from a security tape recorded at an undisclosed address in Edinburgh (one as unlike the Scottish Parliament building as our lawyers can make it - Ed) and gives one half of a desperate telephone conversation made in recent days.

  • In May, 2015, I wrote: ‘At a time of increasing austerity (and with more to come now the Tories are back in government), civil servants should be banned from implementing large-scale IT projects in the public sector for the sanity of their customers (us), and the taxpayers (us) who pick up the bill for this type of serial incompetence. 
  • AS I write this, the sun is currently shining in Aberdeenshire, however, judging by the forecast the days ahead will bring an abrupt end to a fairly settled spell that has produced a flurry of field work.

  • I SUPPOSE this month's column is a bit of a milestone as it is 40 years since I wrote my first article for The Dairy Farmer, which had a UK coverage but no Scottish input.

Letters

Letters

  • SIR, – I find it amazing that there are still people who are undecided over how to vote on June 23. I would ask them to consider these points.
  • SIR, – If Britain votes to stay in the EU on June 23’s Referendum, our country as we know it, will quickly fade into the twilight zone of oblivion, due to the Brussels objective of amalgamating the 28 EU member nation states into an EU super-state. 

  • SIR, – I find it amazing that there are still people who are undecided over how to vote on June 23. I would ask them to consider these points.

  • SIR, – I proudly submitted my SAF 2016 ‘on line’ – for the first time. This was a real achievement since my mastery of technology is well below that of the average under-nourished two-year-old. 

  • SIR, – Suckler producers are well into spring calving and there are rumours that bull beef is no longer wanted by the majority of abattoirs. The annoying thing is, farmers are constantly being told to be efficient, and this is one area in which we definitely are. Within the beef industry, young suckler bulls are weaned from their mothers, often creep fed, then put on a nutritious, balanced diet, giving an even beef yield, lean with low fat, as that’s what we are told to produce, as that’s what the market wants. 

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • AS COMMISSIONERS go, it would be hard to come across one more genial than the farm commissioner, Phil Hogan. He has the easy style of someone who cut his teeth in Irish politics, and when dealing with farmers has the bonus of having grown up on a family dairy farm.

  • DESPITE the gloss people sometimes try to put on it, in reality there is little prospect of farmers and environmentalist activists ever seeing eye to eye. 

  • IF THERE are ever sweets on the table of a European Commission meeting, there could be only one possible choice.

  • AS MILK production peaks across Europe, some depressing facts are becoming even more stark.

  • PREPARE over the coming weeks to learn a lot more about South America and in particular the Mercosur countries negotiating a new trade deal with Europe.

Farmer Right-hand Column