• I GUESS it'd be difficult to overstate just how important the Land Reform Bill which is currently working its way through the Scottish Parliament is going to be for keeping the farming industry afloat.

  • THE weather related problems of 2015 show little sign of abating in early 2016.

  • This year has certainly started just as wet as 2015.

  • SINCE this is my first offering of 2016, may I wish our readers a happy and prosperous New Year.

  • SOME weeks ago I was privileged to see Willie McLaren's power point presentation showing the history of the Aberdeen-Angus breed.

  • IT'S THE time of year for us all to be indulging in the traditional seasonal activity of watching out for the arrival of the postman in the hope that he might just deliver some Christmas joy.

  • IT'S hard to believe that it is mid-December with the kind of weather we are having as it has been amazingly mild and some days extraordinarily wet as the dreadful pictures on the news, particularly of Cumbria and Lancashire last week so vividly captured.

  • Young farmer's view —

  • "Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits".

  • So, a lucky quarter of us are going to get just over two thirds of our support payments in December while, for the majority, our support is likely to hit the bank in January - while some poor souls will have to wait until the end of March before they get even their first morsel of cheer.