• 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.

  • MARCH CAME in 'like a lion' so was supposed to 'go out like a lamb'.

  • Let us start this month with a positive aspect of our industry - entertainment.

  • 'BEAUTY IS truth, truth beauty.

  • I'D LIKE to share my struggle for an opening line for this week's column with you.

  • I HAVE been managing various areas of land at both Drumbuie and Tower for more than 20 years under the terms and conditions of successive agri-environment schemes, like ESA, RSS and Rural Priorities.