• SPRING MAY have been a little late this year, but when it arrived it certainly burst out all over in this part of the world – between May 7 and 9 the countryside changed from a bleak grey to the 40 shades of green, showing a surprising growth in so few days.

  • SOME books are read once, some not even that – and some again and again! In the last category, for me anyway, is ‘Farmers Glory’ by AG Street.

  • THE following transcript, handed in anonymously to the offices of The Scottish Farmer, comes from a security tape recorded at an undisclosed address in Edinburgh (one as unlike the Scottish Parliament building as our lawyers can make it - Ed) and gives one half of a desperate telephone conversation made in recent days.

  • In May, 2015, I wrote: ‘At a time of increasing austerity (and with more to come now the Tories are back in government), civil servants should be banned from implementing large-scale IT projects in the public sector for the sanity of their customers (us), and the taxpayers (us) who pick up the bill for this type of serial incompetence. 
  • 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.