• SIR – As a hill shepherd in Dumfriesshire I am in the middle of lambing and calving which is a highlight of the year. As well as lambs and calves appearing on the hill, nature has its own contributions to marking spring. 

  • SIR, – Regarding the letter calling for the abolishment of the Crofters Commission, I as an ex crofters commissioner would say what’s wrong is the regulatory body the government set up to control and do nothing else for crofting.

  • SIR, – a few weeks ago in Paris, world leaders struck a deal to try to limit global warming in this century to no more than 2°C from its present level. 

  • SIR, – I was surprised to see a full page article covering alleged cattle passport irregularities taking up the front page of The Scottish Farmer’s April 9 edition.

  • SIR, – I read with interest the article on ‘Beef price crisis’ and the disappearance of the Scottish premium.

  • Sir, – It was more than a little disheartening to read last week’s letter by the ‘Bemused beef farmer’ – hopefully it’s not a snapshot of the wider beef community. 

  • SIR, – I notice an interesting little snippet in your article, 'Scotland needs more trees' (The SF, April 9), namely that Forest Enterprise is struggling to find the resources to restock the areas which it is cutting down. 

  • Sir, - No more the song of the skylark the roding of the woodcock nor the drumming of the snipe As foxes ravens and crows prevail.

  • SIR, – I have just read the letter sent to me by ScotGov explaining the rules and objectives of the new Beef Efficiency Scheme.

  • SIR, – I regret to note the demise of ‘The Herdsman’s bar’, an icon of the Royal Highland Show.