• I WAS going to say that it's not often that the farming community could have given some advice to the Prime Minister - but I guess there's likely to be a lot of people out there who would argue that the world might be a better place if we could do this on a daily basis.

  • I NOTICED Hugh heading out of the steading the other morning with a bottle of calcium and a syringe, not a usual sight around the longest day.

  • "The Royal Highland Show is over for another year, and what a show it was.

  • IS Scottish farming facing its worst financial crisis in a lifetime?

  • It is maybe an indication that we Border folk don't take our politics very seriously that in my youth our MP sat for 12 years in the House of Commons and only spoke once.

  • I DON'T know if you remember the TV advert from last year with movie actor Kevin Bacon talking about 'BufferFace' - the look people have as they wait for internet pages to load.

  • 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.