My late mother was prone to repeating a long-cherished mantra: “waste not, want not”. Born into a pre-subsidy farming family where money was tight and work was hard, she found waste as close to sin as one could get.
Last weekend I was chatting to a prominent Perthshire farmer about CAP reform and how much time I was spending writing about it.
Tuesday evening sees the BBC TV programme Lambing Live turn the spotlight exclusively on the Dykes family at South Slipperfield, West Linton.
After-dinner speeches can be a bit of a mixed bag. Some are very good and others terrible, some are funny and others are serious.
Am I alone in being completely astonished at the wave of hysteria sweeping the beef sector at the moment?
Ask any farmer what they think of red tape and they will invariably say “I hate it!”
The one advantage the English NFU has over its Scottish counterpart is a written history.