– 1952 also saw farm workers fighting for their rights.

A motion by the employers' representatives on the Scottish Agricultural Wages board to increase the number of days qualifying for payment of overtime to certain classes of workers, and a motion to increase the number of days to be allowed as holidays with pay were considered by the Board. After discussion, the board decided against the claim for additional holidays with pay but did, however, propose that in addition to holidays with pay, a worker should receive payment for work done on six days of the year if he were not allowed off on these days.

– In1954, it was reported, brought a harvest which was described as a disaster, the likes never seen since 50 years before.The harvest, both for cereals and potatoes, stretched for weeks beyond the normal time. However, it wasn't all bad news in 1954 – when the February price review was released it was concluded that they were more favourable than had been forecast. There was a confidence in spring sales of beef and the cereals market was not as bad as previously had been expected.

– There was much excitement at what was described as the most exciting aspect of 1954! This great and hotly anticipated event was the first free sales of fat stock. It was written that in July 'despite the remembered hazards of the auction ring, of the stories of buying cliques and depressed markets, few farmers could deny that after 16 years they looked forward to the thrill of selling a good beast through the ring.' The year also saw the development of the Fatstock Marketing Corporation which aimed to deal in fatstock on a deadweight and grade basis.

– As previously mentioned, the weather in 1955 hit Scottish farmers particularly bad. The Scottish Farmer reported the worst summers and autumns in living memory and a long, wet, cold and stormy spring that held up ploughing and planting until April. The weather was so bad that on January 2, 1956, when recounting the year passed a poem, written by James Lumsden, of Nether Hailes, East Lothian, was printed:

Och! sich a dismal harvest day!

Out thro' the stooks the dreepin' rain

Seeps, seepin' – rottin' corn and strae,

An' blastin' a' our hopes again!

The hail wide lift I seek in vain –

Still thicker grows the cloud array!