• 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.

  • LAST month, the South of Scotland and Borders Valuers Association held their agm.

  • IT MIGHT just have been me, but I felt some goose-bumps of recognition when the news of the closure of the UK’s steel plant at Port Talbot broke last week.

  • I GUESS we should be grateful that the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, finally got involved in the BPS debacle. 

  • What a pleasure to have had a spell of dry settled weather and finally ‎see some progress with field work.

  • THE last time I put pen to paper, the grass was much more green than it is today.

  • SOMETIMES a day away does you good.

  • I'M TOLD a drowning man doesn't tend to worry about what he's going to have for dinner - and with the Scottish Government new support payment computer still saying 'no' to a fair proportion of claimants, I guess that's the position a lot of folk in our industry find themselves in.

  • I PROMISED I wouldn't write any more about the disaster that the Basic Payment Scheme has become, but I feel I have no choice as surely enough is enough.