• SIR, - In response to Dr Keith Dawson's letter of the July 5 stating that global temperatures had plateaued and that the planet has warmed in the past, I would just like to say that in the last 150 years we as industrialised human beings have probably added to that warming (increased CO2 concentrations are a greenhouse gas) and are perhaps preventing it from cooling more in the last few decades within its natural warming and cooling cycles.

  • SIR, - Last week's front page 'Farming re-think has to happen' - why?

  • SIR, - You may recall back in March at the NFUS big rural debate, both Nicola Sturgeon and Richard Lochhead agreed that in the event of a Yes vote this coming September, the Scottish Government would guarantee to underwrite any SFP to Scotland's farmers in the intervening period of becoming independent to establishing full membership as an independent country in the EU.

  • SIR, - In reply to Mr Scott's letter in last week's The Scottish Farmer, I would like to answer some of his queries as I was, indeed, one of the people on the Yes stand at the Highland Show.

  • SIR, - during the questions session on his genetics lecture, a professor was asked why when both parents were fit athletes they were more likely to bear twins.

  • SIR, - I read with interest the recent piece in The Scottish Farmer whereby it was assumed that the Limousin win at the Three Counties Show was the first time a pair of cattle entered by the same exhibitor had won the Burke Trophy.

  • Prize Surprise

  • SIR, - I would like to thank and congratulate all concerned for an excellent Royal Highland Show.

  • SIR, - Many tenants throughout Scotland will view the Roxburgh Mains ruling with dismay.

  • SIR, - Surprise, surprise from Jim Brown last week, hailed as the farmer in the know - but does he know?