Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • HERE WE are in the third week in May and most of the cows and calves are still inside - this is the third time in four years we will face an eight-month winter.

  • As I sit down to write this piece the weather is still cold and wet.

  • I AM penning these thoughts in the first few hours of what usually is one of the best months of the year.

  • I have just read about how to clone a mammoth - but it seems ironic that we are trying to recreate an animal which became extinct so many thousands of years ago at the same time as we blast African elephants of our own era into extinction to supply the Far East with ivory.

  • I'm not sure if it was entirely due to the New Zealanders, but the invasion we had of them last year - telling us how to grow grass - saw our lambing off to a slightly drier start than normal this year.

Letters

Letters

  • SIR, - I write as one whose whole life has been spent in the country and as the son of two families who were steeped in herding for generations.

  • SIR, - I was disappointed to read Angus Macdonald's swipe at SNH in his letter 'Changed days in the crofting world.'

  • SIR, - The arrogance of the committee at Heriot Row is breath-taking.

  • SIR, - RSPB regional director, George Campbell, admits he is supportive of peatland restoration at Strathy South and the many square miles of peatland damaged through commercial forestry and drainage in the 1980s.

  • SIR, - It is now a month since I wrote my last letter appealing for help.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • CAP SIMPLIFICATION is a real motherhood and apple pie issue.

  • WHETHER or not it comes off, the Irish Farmers Association deserves credit for pressing the European Commission to investigate the fertiliser market.

  • FORECASTING IS never an exact science - and this weekend polling companies will be assessing how accurate they were in predicting the outcome of the general election.

  • IT IS hard to believe it is over two years since the horse meat scandal.

  • IN INTERNET slang there are lots of acronyms, from LOL - laughing out loud - to IMHO - in my humble opinion, which usually comes from someone anything but humble.

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