• THIS is the kind of year that one wishes one's farm was on light free draining soil, if you are farming on the western half of Scotland at least.

  • SEVERAL decades ago a friend who farmed near Gretna and also near Duns told me that grass production was higher in the west, but however good his grain looked, it never weighed like the grain from his farm in Berwickshire.

  • FOR THE consumer, dairy products are a daily part of life.

  • 'YOU don't worry about global warming when your clothes are on fire.'

  • IF YOU ask an obscure question, you can expect to get a confused answer but that seems to be the norm these days when 'consultations' on controversial issues are published.

  • Well would you believe it - it's Tuesday, July 21, and the sun is actually shining!

  • IF THERE is no sign of a weather improvement all the way up the West of Scotland, and that is not taking into account the disastrous situation in Orkney, then we are heading for a repeat of 2012 or maybe 1985, again!

  • 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.