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10th January 2017
CDT awarded £638,900 by Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland - was this wise?
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

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Monday 19th December 2016
Avian Influenza Arrives in the UK
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Wednesday 14th December 2016
CDT Board Loses Vote at Extraordinary General Meeting on 25th October 2016
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Thursday 6th December 2016
FOLLOW UP RE RISK OF CONTAMINATION OF GRAZING FIELD FROM EFFLUENT FROM CDT SEWAGE PLANT
James Irvine
Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Monday 24th October 2016
WILL RUDD DAVIDSON: REPORT ON SUSPECTED CONTAMINATION OF FARM GRAZING FIELD BY EFFLUENT FROM ADJACENT CDT SEWAGE SYSTEM
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Monday 26th September 2016
THE COMRIE DEVELOPMENT TRUST BELATEDLY INFORMS THE COMMUNITY IT CLAIMS TO REPRESENT
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Wednesday 14th September 2016
COMRIE FLOOD PREVENTION PLAN: As proposed by Perth & Kinross Council and Mouchel
James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Wednesday 29th June 2016
BREXIT WINS IN THE EU REFERENDUM
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Wednesday 22nd June 2016
RUTH DAVIDSON DISAPPOINTS
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Monday 20th June 2016
GRAB THE CHANCE TO LEAVE THE EU ON 23 JUNE
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Tuesday 14th June 2016
SEWAGE EFFLUENT FROM CDT CAMP ALLEGEDLY ON GRAZING PASTURE
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Friday 3rd June 2016
SNP MESS UP SCOTLANDíS RURAL ECONOMY, LOCHHEAD OUT - SWINNEY TRANSFERRED
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Monday 23rd May 2016
Scottish General Election, A Credible Opposition Party Emerges
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Monday 23rd May 2016
Former Scottish Minister Loses Seat
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Wednesday 4th May 2016
Spring at last at Cultybraggan Farm, the boys meet the girls
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Thursday 31st March 2016
Comrie Development Trust: Enthusiasts resent opinions of others
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Monday 8th February 2016
Comrie development trust trying to find a chairman, trustees/board members and volunteers:
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Friday 29th January 2016
Comrie Development Trust: a pivotal AGM
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

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Friday 7th March 2014
Underneath The Arches: a story of death and public money
Kenneth Roy

Editor of Scottish Review

Friday 7th March 2014
The New scientist special report on UK floods is seriously flawed
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Thursday 27th February 2014
Open letter to CDT Chair
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Saturday 22nd February 2014
Comrie Conversation 19th November 2013: Further Comment
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Wednesday 19th February 2014
Scottish Referendum: The embarrassing stance of Salmond
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Tuesday 11th February 2014
Floods at Somerset Levels: the great conservation debacle
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Concern over Evidence2Success survey of schools by Perth & Kinross Council
Dee Thomas

mother of 10 yr old research subject

Sunday 19th January 2014
Suspended? The case against the school survey
James Irvine

Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie

Saturday 18th January 2014
Comment on article by Tim Hobbs
Dr Mary Brown

Retired Sociology Researcher

Friday 17th January 2014
Taking the parents out of the picture
Kat Penker

Parent

Thursday 16th January 2014
Why we asked those 'sensitive' questions
Tim Hobbs

Researcher, Sociology Research Unit, Dartington, Devon

Tuesday 7th January 2014
At year's end, a victory for the parents
Kenneth Roy

Editor of Scottish Review

Wednesday 18th December 2013
Comrie Conversation, Scottish Referendum
James Irvine

Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Wednesday 11th December 2013
Scotland's prying state
Kenneth Roy

Editor of Scottish Review

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Wednesday 7th April 2010
Gordon Brown's launch was as grim
as an undertaker's tea party
Ann Treneman

Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Sunday 4th April 2010
Controlling predators can save the curlew
It’s unfashionable, but shooting a fox or catching a
stoat is good for wading birds

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Saturday 3rd April 2010
Fame, wealth and fast women:
where did Vettriano go wrong?

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Monday 15th March 2010
Elliot Morley, David Chaytor and Jim Devine
above the dock but not the law

Ann Treneman
Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Saturday 27th February 2010
Scotland’s heritage ‘put at risk
by Trust mismanagement’

Mike Wade
Columnist: The TImes

Sunday 14th February 2010
The Scotsman
questions the credibility of
Professor Boulton as a member of
Sir Muir's Climategate UEA Inquiry

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Sunday 14th February 2010
Sir Muir Russell's inquiry team into UEA's
Climate Change Unit has a resignation
before it begins.

James irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Saturday 13th February 2010
Community vote to buy-out forest on Bute:
potentially the biggest community buy-out
in Scotland
But who pays?

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 12th February 2010
Scotsman leader pokes fun at Sir Muir's
inquiry into the UEA Climate Unit
e-mail allegations

Monday 8th February 2010
Concern expressed over lack of expertise
in livestock nutrition

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk
Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie Perthshire

Thursday 4th February 2010
Major problems with the Access Code
at a croft in Iona
It is time for the Access Code in Scotland
to be amended.

Carol and Iain Dougall
Crofters: Ardionra, Isle of Iona, Argyll PA76 6SW
idougall@btinternet.com

Monday 1st February 2010
Livestock production in firing line
Joe Watson
Farming Editor: The Press & Journal

Thursday 28th January 2010
Prince of Wales shows the way to lead wool
back into the fashion fold

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor: The Times

Monday 25th January 2010
Letter by Burns’s widow unearthed
in junk shop

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Sunday 24th January 2010
Major flaws are being revealed in the
Inter-governmental Panel on
Climate Change:
and there could be more to come

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Saturday 23rd January 2010
Plodding Gray loves to go a wandering
straight off the beaten track

Magnus Linklater
Holyrood Sketch: The TImes

Saturday 23rd January 2010
Jack Straw fails to reveal all at Iraq inquiry
Ann Treneman
Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Wednesday 20th January 2010
Geoff Hoon, the political Macavity,
tells Chilcot he was never there

Ann Treneman
Political Sketch: The Times

Sunday 17th January 2010
'Fred the Shred', 'The World's Worst Banker' returns
to corporate life in Edinburgh

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Sunday 10th January 2010
Without a 4x4 many country roads have
been impassable for weeks
during the prolonged freeze

James irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Saturday 9th January 2010
UK sets out to be world leader in off-shore
wind energy, but other countries are to
benefit from much of the multibillion cost

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Saturday 9th January 2010
Coup against Brown was 'two-hour wonder'
says Mandelson

Ann Treneman
Parliamentary Sketch, The Times

Friday 8th January 2010
A staggering combination of arrogance,
complacency and sheer indifference

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Friday 01 January 2010
Like Miss Smilla, I now have a feeling for snow
Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

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Thursday 31st December 2009
The prolonged freeze during the
last fortnight of 2009

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Monday 28th December 2009
A year that went from ExCel to the Ex-Factor
Ann Treneman
Parliamentary sketch: The TImes

Sunday 27th Decemebr 2009
Cybernats — the Christmas present
nobody wants

Magnus Linklater
Holyrood Sketch: The Times

Monday 21st December 2009
Ticciati impresses with the SCO and Karen Cargill:
Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 17th December 2009

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 18th December 2009
Defra blamed for bungled payments to
farmers after reform of CAP

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor: The Times

Tuesday 15th December 2009
Forests threatened as trees are felled by
‘sudden death’ disease

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor: The Times

Wednesday 9th December 2009
Sale provokes fresh attack by NTS critics
Mike Wade
Columnist: The TImes

Wednesday 4th November 2009
Crofters claim that lamb deaths conflict
with results of eagle study

Mike Wade
Columnist, The Times

Sunday 1st November 2009
Stern fails to apply competent science
when advocating vegetarian diet to
counter climate change

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 30th October 2009
Exaggerated claims undermine drive to
cut emissions, scientists warn

Mark Henderson
Science Editor, The Times

Friday 23rd October 2009
Government scientist and Royal Society
in double push to promote GM

Valerie Elliott
Consumer Editor, The Times

Thursday 22nd October 2009
Police investigate if “organic” and “British”
meat was bogus

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor, The Times

Sunday 18th October 2009
Michael Martin’s ennoblement was an
irony worthy of Shakespeare

Ann Treneman
Westminster Parliamentary Sketch: The TImes

Saturday 10th October 2009
SCO opens its new season in the Usher Hall,
Edinburgh 8th October 2009

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Saturday 10th October 2009
Why Wee Eck swots up on his homework
Magnus Linklater
Holyrood Sketch: The Times

Wednesday 30th September 2009
MacMillan Tryst:
SCO Masterworks, Queens Hall, Edinburgh
28th September 2009

James irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 25th September 2009
Scottish Agricultural Wages Board
to be retained

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Sunday 20th September 2009
Edinburgh loses Scotland's
oldest publishing company to
London: a Hachette job

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

How Barra’s characters meandered
on to the screen

Magnus Linklater
Editor: The TImes, Scottish Edition

Friday 11th September 2009
Fresh blow to organic as study says
organic farms bad for songbirds

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor: The Times

Thursday 27th August 2009
Kenny MacAskill delivers sermon
with the spirit of Monty Python

Magnus Linklater
Political Sketch: The Times

Wednesday 26th August 2009
Mike Russell ready to intervene in
National Trust for Scotland row

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Wednesday 26th August 2009
Concert Review
Hebrides Ensemble and Christopher Maltman
Queens Hall, 20th August 09. Edinburgh International Festival

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Monday 24th August 2009
Headshook
Contemporary novelists and poets
writing on Scotland's future
Edited by Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
Hachette, London. ISBN 978 0 7553 6000 0

Bood Review
James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Saturday 15th August 2009
Government scientist may have contracted
TB from infected badger

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor: The Times

Tuesday 11th August 2009
Food crisis could force wartime rations
and vegetarian diet on Britons

Valerie Elliott
Consumer Editor: The Times

GM crop imports should be increased,
say ministers and farmers

Valerie Elliott
Consumer Editor: The Times

Wednesday 5th August 2009
A battle has been won - but not the war
Edwin Gillanders

Editor: Farm North East

Wednesday 5th August 2009
German Shepherd dog breeders face action
from Kennel Club over 'deformities'

Valerie Elliott
Consumer Editor: The Times

Thursday 30th July 2009
Organic food 'no better for health than
factory-farmed food' says report

Valerie Elliott
Consumer Editor: The Times

You don’t mess with a goddess like Lumley
Magnus Linklater

Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Saturday 25th July 2009
Rubbish collection dispute in deadlock
as worries grow over public health

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Thursday 23rd July 2009
Jobsworth RPID officials describe grass
grown for silage or hay as "unused" because
it was not cut when they came to inspect
the farm and because they did not
bother to ask.

James Irvine
Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Apprentice in the Lords:
Baron Sugar of Clapton takes his seat

Ann Treneman
Westminster Parliamentary sketch: The Times

Tuesday 21st July 2009
First commercial pig farm worker in Britain
contracts swine flu

Valerie Elliott
Columnist: The TImes

Tuesday 21st July 2009
Supermarket ban on fatty snacks would
curb obesity, Deirdre Hutton says

Valerie Elliott
Consumer Editor: The TImes

Saturday 4th July 2009
Omelette master class:
Royal Highland Show 2009.
Keith Marley and Mary Runciman
with the help of Glenrath eggs.

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 3rd July 2009
TIE chief Richard Jeffrey says Edinburgh trams
will be worth the wait

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Thursday 2nd July 2009
National Express East Coast line hits
the franchise buffers

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

The Lords is a step down for the Kinnocks,
Labour's royal couple

Ann Treneman
Westminster Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Bad jokes and worse manners play
to empty seats

Magnus Linklater
Holyrood Sketch: The Times

Wednesday 1st July 2009
Livestock industry rejection of Defra's
animal health organisation

National Beef Association
Press Release

Wednesday 1st July 2009
BVA asks Defra to abandon separation of
animal health from animal welfare

BVA Press Release

Monday 29th June 2009

Lloyds TSB Farmers: questions and answers
Royal Highland Show 26th June 09

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Alex Salmond enters summer recess
with rivals still on defensive

Magnus Linklater
Holyrood Sketch: The Times

Sunday 28th June 2009
The day Mr Who transformed himself
into a cyberman

Ann Treneman
Westminster Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Thursday 25th June 2009
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear,
even although you may dress it up as one.

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Men’s ailments get the new Speaker’s
revolution off to a ropey start.

Ann Treneman
Westminster Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Wednesday 24th June 2009
If John Bercow is the answer, remind me:
what was the question?

Ann Treneman
Westminster Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Wednesday 17th June 2009
Jim Devine becomes fifth Labour MP barred
from standing at election

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Saturday 13th June 2009
Lord Mandelson might easily have suited
the court of Henry VIII

Ann Treneman
Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Friday 12th June 2009
"Scotland stays on track for major decline
in beef and lamb production"
says Allan Jess, SAMW president

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Wednesday 10th June 2009
Richard Lochhead makes disappointing
statement on the future of Scottish farming

James Irvine
Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 8th June 2009
Another drubbing for Labour.
Will it have the ironic result of
forcing them to hang on?

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Sunday 7th June 2009
Disastrous local elections and a string
of cabinet resignations:
yet Gordon Brown still doesn't get the message

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Saturday6th June 09
Gordon Brown survives another day on
purple rhetoric and a few porkies

Ann Treneman
Parliamentary sketch: The Times

Thursday 4th June 09
Euro hustings Scotland 2009
James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Gordon Brown faces Chamber on resignations,
smiling but staggering

Ann Treneman
Parliamentary Sketch: The Times

Monday 25th May 09
Euro candidate launches SNP manifesto
for agriculture

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Wednesday 20th May 09
Speaker Michael Martin remits office:
he'll be gone on 21st June 09
James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Collapse of the last bastion of old Labour
Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

MPs form a crocodile of crocodile tears for
Speaker's terse adieu

Ann Treneman
Political sketch writer: The Times

Tuesday 19th May 09
A Speaker trapped and helpless
in the House of assassins

Ann Treneman
Political sketch writer: The Times

Tuesday 19th May 09
Michael Martin, the Speaker at the
House of Commons,
should certainly go:
he should never have been appointed.

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Monday 18th May 09
Death knell for hunting ban as police
abandon monitoring operations
Valerie Elliott

Countryside Editor: The Times

Friday 15th May 09
Holyrood's talking about MPs' expenses -
just not in public
Holyroode sketch

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Friday 15 May 09
Robed Neanderthal Michael Martin
throws tantrum over MPs' expenses
Westminster Sketch

Ann Treneman
Columnist, The Times

Wednesday 13th May 09
A constitutional earthquake that didn’t
rock the state of the union

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Friday 01 May 09
"Swine Flu" virus:
phylogenetic analysis and reassortment
Comment

Dr James Irvine
Teviot Scientific

Thursday 30th Apr 09
Was it wise to let children back from Mexico
attend school before the incubation period
for Swine Flu had expired?

Dr James Irvine
Teviot Scientific

Wednesday 29th April 09
So far so good - but beware mutant viruses
Magnus Linklater
Opinion: The Times

Tuesday 28 Apr 09
"Swine Flu". Has the World Health Organisation
been asleep on the job?
And what has Pirbright been doing?

Dr James Irvine
Teviot Scientific

Monday 27 Apr 09
Swine Flu in Scotland
Dr James Irvine
Teviot Scientific

Sunday 26 April 2009
Absurd. Crazy. But it could save the NTS
The National Trust for Scotland is in trouble. But take a deep
breath and consider this solution...

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Thursday 9th April 2009
South Downs National Park given go-ahead
Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor: The Times

Wednesday 8th April 2009
'A good banker is the last lemming off the cliff'
Magnus Linklater
Editor: The Times, Scotish Edition

Tuesday 7th April 2009
‘Public flogging' for RBS chiefs
at AGM in Edinburgh

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Sunday 22nd March 2009
Salmond needs to summon up the Churchill spirit
A Holyrood sketch

Magnus Linklater
Editor: The Times (Scottish Edition)

Friday 13th March 2009
Lord Myners:
the fat-cat-catcher's claws come out

Ann Treneman
Parliamnetary Sketch: The Times

Saturday 31st January 2009
All a big Budget misunderstanding
for Scottish leadership

Magnus Linklater
Editor: The Times, Scottish Edition

Tuesday 27th January 2009
Rum's future in the hands of 17 islanders
Maxwell Macleod and Mike Wade
Columnists: The Times

Tuesday 30th December 2008
No respite for Scotland's beleaguered
livestock industry

Edwin Gillanders
Editor: Farming North East

Sunday 21st December 2008
Beethoven for the deaf:
James Lowe conducts the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 19th December 2008
Let's not go back to the Middle Ages.
Beavers have been extinct in Britain for
a very long time. Maybe there's a
good reason for that

Magnus Linklater
Editor, Scottish Edition of The Times

Monday 15th December 2008
The dismal demise of the Bank of Scotland:
a 300 year history destroyed by greed
and incompetence

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Thursday 11th December 2008
McCall Smith and Clifford attack plan for
£40m hotel in Edinburgh Old Town

Mike Wade
Columist: The Times

Tuesday 25th November 2008
Strictly Come Dancing on the down
James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 10th October 2008
Scotland stands to lose a lot more
than mere pride

Magnus Linklater
Editor, Scottish Edition of The Times

Wednesday 8th October 2008
RSE Report "The future of Scottish hills and
islands" makes depressing reading

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie. Perthshire

Saturday 4th October 2008
Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle:
it could hardly be worse

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie. Perthshire

Friday 3rd October 2008
Crofters demand 'lamb eating' sea eagles
ain be removed

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Tuesday 30th September 2008
'Celebrity artists are killing the art
of landscape painting'

Mike Wade
Columnist: The Times

Sunday 28th September 2008
'I spend more time on forms than farming'
Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Saturday 27th September 2008
Scotland cattle farmers hit out at
Brussels and environmentalists

Mike Wade
Columnist: Scottish Edition, The Times

Friday 26th September 2008
Britain's got talon: we must defy the
sea-eagle lovers.
Reintroducing birds of prey into the wild
merely gives environmentalists a passing thrill.

Magnus Linklater
Editor: The Times, Scottish Edition

Saturday 13th September 2008
Cultybraggan AA herd dispersal sale:
25th September 2008 at United Auctions, Perth

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Friday 12th September 2008
National Trust for Scoltand:
Chief Executive resigns

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 6th September 2008
Holyrood Sketch
Magnus Linklater
Editor: The Times, Scottish Edition

Thursday 28th Aug 08
Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister
for the Countryside and Rural Affairs talks nonsense
about vaccination against bluetongue disease

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Wednesday 27th Aug 2008
The predictable has happened.
An idiot farmer in the south of England
legally imported rams from a Bluetongue Protection Zone in France,
thereby introducing new cases of Bluetongue serotype 8 disease into England.

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 23 August 2008
Responsible access to the countryside
was the slogan.
But what happened to the responsibility bit?

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Friday 22nd August 2008
The bluetongue Protection Zone in England
will shortly reach the Scottish Border.
What is Scotland going to do?

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Thursday 21st August 2008
Why leave a city's designs in one man's hands?
Edinburgh's celebrated skyline is threatened
by a planning policy that puts mediocrity
before imagination or beauty

Magnus Linklater
Columnist: Editor, The Times Scottish Edition

Wednesday 20th August 2008
Bad EC rules lead to bad consequences:
incredibly NFU Scotland calls for a stop
to bluetongue vaccination

James Irvine
Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Thursday 7th August 2008
Let battle rage on all fronts
Edwin Gillanders
Editor, Farm North East

Friday 1st August 2008
RSPB Report paints a misleading picture
regarding wildlife crime

Leader

Tuesday 29th July 2008
Justice Cranston rules himself out
of foxhunting case

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor, The Times

Monday 28th July 2008
The Bluetongue Protection Zone in England
will shortly reach the Scottish Border:
but Scotland still has no vaccine

James Irvine
Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Sunday 27th July 2008
Labour and LibDems trounced at
Glasgow East by-election

James Irvine
Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Thursday 23rd July 2008
Alex Salmond is main attraction in
Glasgow East by-election campaign

Ann Treneman
Political Sketch, The Times

Wednesday 2nd July 2008
Scotland's Bluetongue vaccine to be dispensed
in 100ml bottles.
There is an alarming risk of waste

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 30th June 2008
Bluetongue Restriction Zones in Europe
as of 24th June 08

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 28th June 2008
Scotland at last orders 12 million doses of BTV8 vaccine
James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Wednesday 25th June 2008
Scottish stakeholders meeting on bluetongue
vaccination Monday 23rd June: Comment

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Sunday 22nd June 2008
Bluetongue vaccination in Scotland:
open letter to Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 14th June 2008
Who said Friday the 13th is unlucky.
Ireland says "No" to the Lisbon Treaty and
a British politician has resigned his seat
on principle.

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Friday 23rd May 2008
Book Review
An appeal to reason: a cool look at global warming
Nigel Lawson
Duckworth, London (ISBN 978-0-7156-3786-9)

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Friday 16th May 2008
Tension so thick it could be cut with
a knife in the back

Ann Treneman
Parliamentary Sketch, The Times

Alex Salmond will soon have to face reality
Magnus Linklater
Holyrood Sketch, The Times

Thursday 15th May 2008
Damaged, with no room to manoeuvre.
'On such occasions Alex Salmond is a bit like Harry Flashman from
Tom Brown's Schooldays, though without the charm'

Magnus Linklater
Holyrood Sketch, The Times

Sunday 11th May 2008
Why is The Scotsman newspaper taking so long to
publish a riposte to Buglass article on
bluetongue vaccination in Scotland?

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 10th May 2008
Do Scottish livestock farmers realise that
the Scottish Government is not scheduled
to place an order for Bluetongue
vaccine until the end of June?

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Sunday 27th April 2008
Era of cheap food ends as prices surge
Steve Hawkes, Greg Hurst & Valerie Elliott
The Times

Saturday 26th April 2008
Ear plugs should not be necessary when
listening to a chamber orchestra:
Kovacevich with Scottish Chamber Orchestra,
Queens Hall Thursday 24th April 08

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

A lesson in monogamy from ospreys.
They were extinct 50 years ago;
now they are widespread.
These birds are an inspiration

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Sunday 20th April 2008
Scottish Ensemble plays delightful C. P. E. Bach
and Brahms, but what happened
to the Handel?

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Farmland soars in value, but sellers prefer
to keep quiet about profits

Valerie Elliott & Robin Pagmamenta
The Times

Saturday 12th April 2008
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Queens Hall
Edinburgh 10th April 2008
MacRae: Birches
Hallgrimsson: Cello Concerto (Truis Mørk)
Strauss: Metamorphosen
(Conductor: John Storgards)

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Wednesday 9th April 2008
The Scottish Government announces putting
an order for Bluetongue vaccine
out to tender.
A touch late, isn't it?

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

The European Livestock Association's letter
to the European Commission concerning
Bluetongue vaccination in Bluetongue-free countries or zones


Main points of Intervet's Datasheet for their
Bluetongue serotype 8 vaccine, Bovilis BVT8.

Tuesday 8th April 2008
What do the farmers and vets think of
Bluetongue vaccination in the
East Midlands of England?

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Sunday 6th April 2008
The need for the NBA Scotland Petition for
a change in EC rules regarding
Bluetongue vaccination

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 5th April 2008
In the spring an MP's fancy lightly
turns to the recess

Ann Treneman
Parliamentary Sketch Writer: The Times

Climate change: surrender a slab of Norfolk,
say conservationists

Valerie Elliott
Countryside Editor: The Times

Friday 4th April 2008
EPIC Report on risk assessment of Bluetongue reaching
Scotland is not due until end of April

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Scottish Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven under Zacharias:
a painful experience.
Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 3rd April

James Irvine
Editor: www.land-care.org.uk

Wednesday 2nd April 2008
National Beef Association Scotland mounts a Petition to the European Commission
to change its rules over Bluetongue vaccination in Bluetongue-free Scotland

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Arts donor Carol Høgel quits Britain over ‘spiteful, philistine’ tax
on foreign residents

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Thursday 27th March 2008
Comment on Dr Ruth Watkins' views on EC rules re Bluetongue vaccination
James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultyrbaggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 24th March 2008
The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board achieves the damage
that it was predicted to achieve

James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 22 March 2008
Bluetongue disease Surveillance Zone creeps ever closer
to Cumbria and so to the Scottish Border

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie Perthshire

Thursday 20th March 2008
What is the NFUS stance on the use of Bluetongue vaccine in Scotland?
James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Wednesday 19th March 2008
Government condemned for 'shabby' foot and mouth laboratory
Valerie Elliott: Countryside Editor, The Times

(This article, originally published in The Times 12th March,
is reproduced with kind permission)

Monday 10th March 2008
NBA looks forward to the next stage now that first steps
to protect Scotland from Bluetongue are complete

National Beef Association Scotland

Saturday 8th March 2008
Tide turns in farmers favour
Edwin Gillanders
Editor: Farm North East

Friday 7th March 2008
Scotland agrees at stakeholders meeting to order Bluetongue vaccine
without further delay for all its cattle and sheep

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Who knows there's a food crisis?
The early signs are there, but the world seems to be
sleepwalking towards disaster

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scottish Edition, The Times

Sitting on the fence is a pain in the bottom
Anne Treneman
Political Sketch: The Times

Thursday 6th March 2008
About Bluetongue Disease
Dr Ruth Watkins
Welsh Sheep Farmer: Former Consultant Clinical Virologist

Sunday 24th February 2008
Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs dispenses both cheer and gloom
at NFUS agm on 22nd February

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Thursday 14th February 2008
Bluetongue risk to Scotland without vaccine protection this summer is too high
National Beef Association Scotland

Saturday 2nd February, 2008
My Kafkaesque town hall battle
Whoever suggested that we'd be wise to devolve more powers
to local government must be crackers

Magnus Linklater
Editor: Scotish Edition, The Times

Monday 28th January 2008
National Beef Association Scotland insists that
vaccine stocks are the only protection tool
capable of extinguishing Bluetongue fire

James Irvine
Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 25th January 2008
Olli Mustonen abuses Beethoven and Mozart at The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
James Irvine

Sunday 20th January 2008
Scottish State Veterinary Service makes depressing comments regarding its policy
on vaccination against Bluetongue Disease

James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

December 2007mmm

Thursday 20th December 2007

 

Defra orders 22.2million doses of Bluetongue serotpe 8 vaccine for England: for farmers to buy if they want to. What kind of health policy is that?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland

 
 

Dunedin Consort, director John Butt, gave a superb performance of Handel's Messiah, Queens Hall, Edinburgh 17th December 07
James Irvine

 

Wednesday 19th December 2007

 

The next time the floods come we've got to be better prepared
Valerie Elliott: Consumer Editor, The Times

 
 

'Fresh' supermarket chicken that flew in from Brazil months ago
Valerie Elliott: Consumer Editor, The Times

 

Sunday 16th December 2007

 

Challenging year ahead for farmers - but grounds for optimism
Edwin Gillanders: Editor, Farm North East

 

Saturday 15th December 2007

 

Contractors 'sold top soil contaminated with foot-and-mouth virus'
Valerie Elliott: Countryside Editor, The Times

 
 

A Christmas Fantasia marred by appalling acoustics. Chapter House Singers at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
James Irvine: Editor, www.land-care.org.uk

 

Thursday 13th December 2007

 

Go on, upset your masters. The new chief scientist must not shy away from speaking unwelcome truths
Magnus Linklater: Editor, Scottish Edition, The Times

 

Saturday 01 December 2007

 

Not so much Stalin as Mr Bean: Gordon Brown is made to play the fool in stage farce
Ann Treneman: Parliamentary Sketch, The Times

 

November 2007

Friday 23rd November 2007

 

It seems one can only despair over the UK's Bluetongue vaccination programme
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 
 

Flight is the only refuge as the big guns turn on Gordon Brown and Two Jobs Des
Ann Treneman: Parliamentary Sketch, The Times

 
 

Sorry story tests Gordon Brown to the limit
Ann Treneman: Parliamentary Sketch, The Times

 

Thursday 22 November 2007

 

Another Scottish Labour nasty ASBO at "politician of the year" bash at Prestonfield House Hotel
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 21st November 2007

 

Ouch. The Chancellor is caught between a crock and hard place
Ann Treneman: Parliamentary Sketch, The TImes

 

Friday 16th November 2007

 

Only cover-up was of the famous cleavage in Westminster
Ann Treneman: Parliametnary Sketch, The Times

 

Wednesday 7th November 2007

  Map showing proposals for Zones for Intra-Community Livestock Trade - New Commission decision for 6th November 2007
 

Saturday 3rd November 2007

 

Control of Bluetongue in livestock: the lack of planning and delay in decision making is alarming
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 2nd November 2007

 

Bluetongue serotype 8 vaccination policy for England and Wales
Ruth Watkins: Hill Sheep Farmer, Wales: Formerly Consultant Virologist, St Mary's Hospital, London

 
 

DEFRA press release concerning tendering for Bluetongue v8 vaccine makes incredulous reading
James Irvine: Teviot Scientfic, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 1st November 2007

 

Vaccination against Bluetongue serotype 8: a proposal for discussion
Dr Ruth Watkins: Hill Sheep Farmer, Wales. Formerly Consultant Virologist, St Mary's Hospital, London

 

October 2007

Wednesday 31st October 2007

 

Livestock enterprises in Scotland's uplands are facing ever deepening problems: and so is the land on which they are based
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 26th October 2007

 

'Daveheart' victorious after heated battle with his auld enemy. A parliamentary sketch
Ann Treneman: Columnist, The Times

 

Friday 12th October 2007

 

Ah, a bit of rapacious capitalism. How we missed it. The single mindedness of RBS.
Magnus Linklater: Editor, Scottish Edition of The Times

 

Thursday 4th October 2007

 

Royal Mail strike for 5 days is reminiscent of how the printers ruined much of their UK industry
Editorial

 

Monday 1st October 2007

 

"Eat less meat": response to the counter argument
Michael Northcott: Professor of Ethics, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

 

September 2007

Sunday 30th September 2007

 

"Eat less meat" advocates Professor Northcott in The TIMES:
"for the sake of the renewal of a local ecological sustainable economy".
Why so?

James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 26th September 2007

 

Avian Influenza: an assessment of the threat to Scotland. Royal Society of Edinburgh publishes a flawed report
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 24th September 2007

 

"A control zone will not be put in place after just one animal is found to have BT8: we have to wait to see if other animals are infected." Defra
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 23rd September 2007

 

How BT8 may have got into the UK. The stupidity of it beggars belief
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 
 

The first case ever of Bluetongue in the UK
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Saturday 15th September 2007

 

Comrie Community Trust celebrates its buy-out of Cultybraggan Camp, but admits it does not know what to do with it
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 14th September 2007

 

Cancellation of this year's Kelso Ram Sales is a massive blow to sheep farmers, both north and south of the border
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 13th September 2007

 

So it is the same FMD virus as in August, and Scotland for the moment is in the clear
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 12th September 2007

 

Foot and Mouth, here we go again: will they never learn. Vigilance and slaughter are not enough, especially when DEFRA's vigilance is lax
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 
 

Concern over Comrie Development Trust Community Buy Out continues
Editorial

 

Thursday 6th September 2007

 

Could anyone, other than a Community, buy an excellent nine hole course for £31,100?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 5th September 2007

 

So, Comrie Development Trust Ltd is set to take possession of Cultybraggan Army Camp in a couple of days
James Irvine: Ordinary Member of CDT, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 2nd September 2007

 

All right, eagles shouldn’t be poisoned. But . .
Magnus Linklater: Editor, Scottish Edition of The Times
.

 

August 2007

Thursday 23rd August 2007

 

Comrie Development Trust had a shaky AGM, but nevertheless voted to buy Cultybraggan Army Camp through Land Reform legislation
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 20th August 2007

 

Slow and steady wins many races ... but not them all
Magnus Linklater: Editor, Scottish Edition of The Times

 

Saturday 18th August 2007

 

Comments on the Comrie Bulletin: "the case for purchase". But the case is not made.
James Irvine: Comrie Resident

   
 

To all nominated members of the Comrie Development Trust Board looking to be returned on Monday 20th August
Dee Cooper: Comrie Resident

 

Friday 17th August 2007

 

Concern over the management by the Board of Comrie Development Trust regarding the Community Right to Buy Cultybraggan Army Camp
Kirsty McIntosh: Former Comrie Community Councillor and Interim Member of Comrie Development Trust

   
 

Cultybraggan Camp: comments to Comrie Development Trust Secretary, 14th August 07
Hugh Rose. Comrie Resident

   
 

Comments on the CDT open meeting, 13th August, on Community Right to Buy Cultybraggan Army Camp: an email to the Editor
Ian Thomas: Culloch School House, Blairinroar, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 16th August 2007

 

Comrie Community Right to Buy: yet again the Press Release from the CDT Secretary does not truly reflect what happened at a key open meeting
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Tuesday 14th August 2007

 

So where is the business plan for Community Right to Buy Cultybraggan Camp?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 10th August 2007

 

FMD is clinically suspected outside the existing 10km Surveillance Zone: it speaks volumes of how inept the Government's control strategy is
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Culytbraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesady 8th August 2007

 

Petty bureaucracy prevents the safe burial of a dead sheep
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

   
 

Is the FMD situation in Surrey descending into farce?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

   
 

Dismay at the statements made by the President of NFU on BBC TV
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Tuesday 7th August 2007

 

Where, oh where, are the rapid diagnostic tests for live FMD viurs in livestock on farm?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 6th August 2007

 

Sir Brian Follett repeats fallacies of FMD2001
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

   
 

Spare our land such insanity again
Magnus Linklater: Editor, Scottish Edition of The TImes

   
 

Is Professor Brian Spratt the right person to head the inquiry into the alleged biosecurity leak at Pirbright?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 6th August 2007

 

Beware the jobsworth with a target, my son. Why do quangos pay bonuses for simply doing a job properly?
Magnus Linklater: Editor, Scottish Edition of The Times

 

Sunday 5th August 2007

 

It is what Debby Reynolds didn't say that could be so very important
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Saturday 4th August 2007

 

Is UK FMD2007 an own goal?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

   
 

Emerging worries over UK FMD2007
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm Comrie, Perthshire

   
 

Another outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease confirmed in the UK: is it going to be handled better than in 2001?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

July 2007

Saturday 28th July 2007

 

Landward (BBC Scotland TV) highlights the absurdity of Scotland's Agricultural Wages Board for young would-be entrants to farming
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 19th July 2007

 

A brilliantly Swiss scheme to ignore global warming
Magnus Linklater: Editor. The Times (Scottish Edition)

 

Wednesday 18th July 2007

 

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK's Chief Medical Advisor, should be summarily sacked
Dr James Irvine: Formerly Consultant Physician, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

 

Monday 16th July 2007

 

The Ramblers and Perth & Kinross Council face legal costs of £200,000 after failing in their case to get public access to grounds surrounding Kinfauns Castle, Perthshire
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 15th July 2007

 

Full marks to Alex Salmond for supporting Scottish fishing
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Tuesday 10th July 2007

 

Poor grass crop, summer 2007
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 6th July 2007

 

NBA appoints successor to its retiring chief executive
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

 

June 2007

Friday 22nd June 2007

 

How the members of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB were appointed
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 20th June 2007

 

The "Independent Scientific Group" advises against badger cull as part of plan to control TB in cattle. A sad day for science, and for animal health that it is supposed to protect
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 17th June 2007

 

Women won't like this, but Sugar was right and fair. Why not ask a job applicant about her childcare plans?
Magnus Linklater: Columnist The Times and Editor of the Scottish Edition

 

Saturday 16th June 2007

 

Inappropriate response by The Scottish Farmer regarding the attempt by NBA to resolve the dispute with splinter group SBCA
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 14th June 2007

 

Landward, a second excellent TV programme: Friday 8th June, 7.00pm, BBC2 Scotland
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 13th June 2007

 

NBA's management vindicated by its 2006 accounts: the need for unity at this time of adversity
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 8th June 2007

 

Ugly, complicated, forgettable: it'll be a great success. Magnus Linklater on that logo.
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, The Times and Editor of the Scottish Edition.

 

Sunday 3rd June 2007

 

Nick Nairn hosts new Landward programme on Scottish BBC TV
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire.

 

May 2007

Saturday 26th May 2007

 

Will the last person in Scotland in 2020 turn out the light? The SNP's energy policy is utterly untenable.
Magnus Linklater: Editor, Scottish Edition of The Times

 

Thursday 17th May 2007

 

Scotland's new Parliament: the election of the Presiding Officer
Editorial

 

Wednesday 16th May 07

 

Reality kicks in as shortages bite
Eddie Gillanders: Editor, Farm North East

 

Monday 7th May 2007

 

Scottish election results
Editorial

 

Tuesday 1st May 07

  Thoughts on whom to vote for in the Scottish elections, 3rd May
Editorial
 

April 2007

Thursday 12th April 2007

 

The Bluetongue virus threat to UK livestock this summer
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 9th April 2007 (Easter Monday)

 

Perfect spring weather at Cultybraggan Farm: but poor political and economic outlook.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

March 2007

Sunday 25th March 2007

 

The Scottish Wages Board shambles continues:
and Labour say they want to keep it.

James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 23rd March 2007

 

Gordon Brown's budget is a kick in the teeth for the rural community
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 18th March 2007

 

The head of NERC responds in the climate change debate with more emotion than logic.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 15th March 2007

 

Global warming is due to the sun: not industrial CO2
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 2nd March 2007

 

Eight years of Ross Finnie as Scottish Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs: what did he have to say for himself at NFUS agm, Dunblane, February 2007?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

February 2007

Monday 26th February 2007

 

The Albon Report triggers major questions over SNH's deer culling policy: a serious lack of trust in SNH comes to the fore
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 21st February 2007

 

Scotland's new Chief Scientific Adviser delivers an open lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. How does she shape up?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Tuesday 13th February 2007

 

How dare an H5N1 avian flu virus disobey an EC directive, while the UK government won't
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 12th February 2007

 

DEFRA statements on the role of vaccination in the control of virulent livestock viruses could make better informed people weep.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie Perthshire

 

Sunday 4th February 2007

 

Why the Glencoe massacre holds a timely lesson for Blair
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Friday 2nd February 2007

 

The future of tenant farming in Scotland
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

January 2007

Monday 29th January 2007

 

The more we learn about ourselves, the more we find we have in common
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Monday 22nd January 2007

 

Badgers in Moray get new housing, while people do without
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 4th January 2007

 

Sad comments from DEFRA's David Miliband at Oxford Farming Conference: and not much better from David Cameron
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

December 2006

Tuesday 26th December 2006

 

A semi-white Christmas at Cultybraggan Farm: frost rather than snow in 2006
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 20th December 2006

 

Flood prevention measures at Comrie
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 17th December 2006

 

Twisted logic of rural post office closures is an affront to community
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Wednesday 13th December 2006

  Is academic research as independent as it should be?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh
 

Monday 4th December 2006

 

SAC Outlook Conference 2006: "Making positive choices" 14th Nov 06
Part 3: "Opportunities for cereals and bioenergy"

James Irvine: Teviot Scientific at Edinburgh & at Cultybraggan Farm, Perthshire

 

Saturday 2nd December 2006

 

SAC Outlook Conference 2006: "Making positive choices"
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Part 2: "Opportunities for livestock businesses"
Sandy Ramsey, Group Manager, SAC Select Services
.
Reviewed from the perspective of a Scottish upland suckler herd farmer b
y
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

November 2006

Friday 24th November 2006

 

SAC Outlook Conference 2006: "Making positive choices". 14th November, Murrayfield, Edinburgh.
Part 1: Keynote address - Peter Russell, Head of Rural Group, SEERAD

James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 20th November 2006

 

Tb in cattle and badgers. Review of SCAWS workshop. Part 1: Introduction
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific at Cultybraggan Farm & at Edinburgh

 

Sunday 12th November 2006

 

Biofuels workshop: Grangemouth 9th November 2006
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific at Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 6th November 2006

 

We must get to know the faceless ones who decide our future
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Sunday 5th November 2006

 

The introduction of sea eagles to the coasts of Scotland
Kirsty MacLeod: Ardlarach, Letterfinlay, Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire

 

Friday 3rd November 2006

 

Closure of local garage indicative of a more widespread decline
in rural facilities

James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

October 2006

Saturday 28th October 2006

 

An educational multiple-choice test for McConnell
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Thursday 26th October 2006

 

Scottish Agricultural Wages Board aims another shot at the feet of Scottish farming
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 9th October 2006

 

If lawyers want an independent judiciary it's time they fought for one
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Thursday 5th October 2006

 

Disingenuous comments from Tesco boss on announcement of £1bn profits
in six months

James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

September 2006

Wednesday 20th September 2006

 

Fears over approaching meltdown on UK dairy farms
Editorial

 

Sunday 10th September 2006

 

Comrie Development Trust starts its bid for Cummunity Right to Buy: the latest episode in the sad saga of Cultybraggan Army Camp
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 
 

Kelso Ram Sales 2006
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 6th September 2006

 

NBA Scotland's new Council astonished that handover of bank accounts
and other records has not been made

Editorial

 

August 2006

Thursday 31st August 2006

 

Harvest at Cultybraggan finished by 30th August - a record
James Irvine: Teivot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 25th August 2006

 

Harvest in the Southern Uplands of Scotland: if you want the landscape and local food you will have to support it in a sensible way.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Saturday 19th August 2006

 

The barley harvest so far at Cultybraggan - and what it might mean for the future
James Irvine: Farmer, Cultybraggan, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 13th August 2006

 

Nuclear waste: you know you want it
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, The Times

 

Saturday 12th August 2006

 

UK security on critical and Middle East war worsens. The Prime Minister is on holiday, the Deputy Prime Minister is John Prescott and the Foreign Secretary is Margaret Beckett who is caravanning in France.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific Publications, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

Thursday 3rd August 2006

 

The Tommy Sheridan case reflects badly on all sides - whatever the outcome
Editorial

 

July 2006

Monday 31st July 2006

 

A major relief if Brown would give art a break
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Sunday 30th July 2006

 

Food security and the start of World War 3.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland

 

Tuesday 25th July 2006

 

Architect's heart of glass
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Wednesday 19th July 2006

 

Basic mistakes in the control of FMD UK2001 that must not be repeated
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire, Scotland

 

Wednesday 12th July 2006

 

My visit to the Royal Highland Show 2006
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 6th July 2006

 

Loch Leven cormorants must not be shot, says Scottish Executive.
For why? Letter to Editor

Shaun Quinn: R. Hill & Co, www.powhillonfarm.co.uk

 

June 2006

Friday 30th June 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland: BSE and the great scare of nvCJD
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Tuesday 27th June 2006

 

SNH statements concerning Loch Leven discussed. Is SNH a good land manager? Can SNH be trusted with our heritage?
James Irvine: Editor, www.land-care.org.uk, Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

Tuesday 20th June 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland: Cooking school meals
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 
 

Releasing rural prosperity - 3
Paper given at SCA annual conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"

Alistair Rutherford: Country Sports Tourism Group

 

Monday 12th June 2006

 

Cormorants and the decline of trout fishing on Loch Leven: SNH responds
to Land-Care's questions

James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 9th June 2006

 

Opportunities for the Scottish Beef Council: but let's stop the squabbling
Edwin Gillanders: Editor, Farm North East

 

Wednesday 7th June 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland: Links between Norway and Scotland
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Tuesday 6th June 2006

 

Profligate waste of public money on relocation of SNH
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 5th June 2006

 

Protected cormorants blamed for the demise of trout fishing on Loch Leven, under the management of SNH
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 4th June 2006

 

Concluding remarks
Paper presented at the 4th annual SCA conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Tony Andrews: Chief Executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance

 

Saturday 3rd June 2006

 

Rural housing
Paper presented at 4th annual SCA conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Andrew Bradford: Kincardine Estate

 

Thursday 1st June 2006

 

Tombuie Smokehouse
Paper presented at 4th annual SCA conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Sally Crystal: Tombuie Smokehouse, Aberfeldy, Perthshire

 

May 2006

Wednesday 31st May 2006

 

Biodiesel
Paper presented at 4th SCA annual conference
" Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Jay Crawford: Dowhill Farm Shop & Restaurant, Turnberry

 

Monday 29th May 2006

 

Releasing rural prosperity - 2
Paper presented at 4th annual SCA conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Colin Williamson: Chief Executive for Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Enterprise

 

Sunday 28th May 2006

 

Releasing rural prosperity - 1.
Paper presented at the 4th annual SCA conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

James Withers: Deputy Chief Executive, NFU Scotland

 

Saturday 27th May 2006

 

Update on Marine Parks: A view from a member of Action Against Marine Parks
Kirsty Macleod: Ardlarach, Letterfinlay, Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire

 

Thursday 25th May 2006

 

Iain Mathers elected as interim chairman of the Scottish Beef Council: the old lot sacked
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Tuesday 23rd May 2006

 

Power-seeking rebels in the executive of the Scottish region of the NBA prepare to break away from the UK body
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Saturday 20th May 2006

 

Land management - a mix of stewardship. The Crown Estate
Paper presented at the 4th SCA annual conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Chris Bourchier: Director of the Rural Estate, The Crown Estate

 

Thursday 18th May 2006

 

Land management - a mix of stewardship. Assynt community buyout.
Paper presented at 4th SCA annual conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006".
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th Aprilo 2006

Alastair Macaskill: Chairman, Assynt Foundation

 

Wednesday 17th May 2006

 

"Honesty, reality and accountability"
Paper presented at the 4th annual SCA conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Gordon Robertson: General Manager, Balnagown Estate

 

Tuesday 16th May 2006

 

Paper presented at the SCA annual conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Ian Jardine: Chief Executive, Scottish Natural Heritage

 

Monday 15th May 2006

 

Paper presented at the SCA annual conference
"Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006

Tom Miers: Chief Executive,The Policy Institute

 

Wednesday 10th May 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland: Maintaining the Forth Bridge
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Tuesday 9th May 2006

 

New action group to fight against the imposition of Coastal & Marine National Parks
Editorial

 

Monday 8th May 2006

 

"Big government in the countryside"
Paper presented at 4th annual SCA conference

Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006
Struan Stevenson MEP

 
 

Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006
SCA conference Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh 25th April 2006
Kate Hoey MP: Chairman, Countryside Alliance

 

Wednesday 3rd May 2006

 

Introductory talk: "Who should run the countryside? Rural Scotland 2006"
SCA annual conference, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh.
25th April 2006

Tony Andrews: Chief Executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance

 

Monday 1st May 2006

 

Sound of Arisaig is an mSAC: new details of SNH advice about regulations. What is the relevance to the proposed Marine and Coastal National Park in the area?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

April 2006

Sunday 30th April 2006

 

The disruptive behaviour of officebearers within the Scotttish Beef Council towards the NBA must stop
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Saturday 29th April 2006

 

UK Government Rural Payment Agency in seriously damaging chaos
Editorial

 

Friday 28th April 2006

 

The Home Office cannot keep tabs on immigrant criminals, while farmers face severe penalties if they fail to keep tags on cattle and know where they are
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 27th April 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland: In an industry that has all the hallmarks of being in its sunset years, is there a business model that could give Scottish textiles a brighter tomorrow?
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday`

 

Tuesday 18th April 2006

 

Debbie Reynolds, UK Chief Vet, places surprising report to OIE on H5N1 episode
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

Tuesday 18th April 2006

 

Showdown looming as NBA row comes to a head
Eddie Gillanders: Editor, Farm North East

 

Monday 17th April 2006

 

Bird flu' anger as dead swan is left to rot by officials
Jo Rostron: Columnist, Yorkshire Evening Post

 

Saturday 15th April 2006

 

Serious concerns about how DEFRA organised the collection of samples for Avian Flu testing
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

Thursday 13th April 2006

 

Mounting anger poses huge threat of split in the NBA
The Courier: Dundee, Fife, Scotland

 

Wednesday 12th April 2006

 

Further comments on diagnostic testing for Avian Flu and other diseases of livestock.
Roger Breeze: CEO Centaur Science Group, Washington DC, USA

 
 

Defra is a dead swan. Discuss.
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, The Times

 

Saturday 8th April 2006

 

My resignation from the committee of the Scottish Beef Association
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 7th April 2006

 

The management of Avian Flu H5N1: If not us, who? If not now, when?
Letter to Land-Care

Dr Roger Breeze: former Head of Plum Island, US Department of Agriculture

 

Thursday 6th April 2006

 

So Avian Influenza H5 has arrived in GB. but how is it being handled?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh and Perthshire

 

Tuesday 4th April 2006

 

Farm activities: dung spreading
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 2nd April 2006

 

Report of Mallaig meeting 25th March to consider proposed Coastal & Marine National Park
Kirsty Macleod: Ardlarach, Letterfinlay, Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire

 

March 2006

Thursday 30th March 2006

 

The regrettable actions of the Executive of the Scottish Beef Association towards the National Beef Association
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Tuesday 28th March 2006

 

Putting the contingency plan into operation - but with the same mistakes, yet again
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh and Cultybraggan Farm, Perthshire

 

Monday 27th March 2006

 

Public meeting to consider proposed Coastal & Marine National Park: Mallaig, 25th March 2006
James Irvine: Editor, www.land-care.org.uk

 
 

Linklater's Scotland: The new executive chairman of the National Trust for Scotland. Poisoned chalice or holy grail?
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Friday 24th March 2006

 

EC takes a step forward regarding the need for H5N1 vaccination and its implementation
Editorial

 

Wednesday 22nd March 2006

 

Now the Germans won't buy Dutch chickens and eggs if the Dutch use vaccination
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific

 

Tuesday 21st March 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland: Could we be on the verge of losing another British industry?
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Monday 20th March 2006

 

Bang goes the 'harmful man' theory: grouse moor owners are heroes not villians of conservation
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, The Times

 

Saturday 18th March 2005

 

European confusion over the control of Avian Flu
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific at Edinburgh and Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 16th March 2006

 

Notice of Public Meeting Mallaig Community Centre, 25th March
"Are you concerned about the prospects of living in a Coastal Marine National Park?"

 

Wednesday 15th March 2006

 

Is a Coastal Marine National Park really wanted? If so, who wants it? And who wants to live in it?
Editorial

 

Saturday 11th March 2006

 

EU vets vote unanimously to lift the ban on the export of UK beef
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 9th March 2006

 

Avian flu
Dr Ruth Watkins: farmer and retired clinical virologist

 

Friday 3rd March 2006

 

Seeking clarification from DEFRA about their H5N1 vaccination policy: copy of email sent to Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer.
James Irvine: Editor, www.land-care.org.uk

 
 

H5N1 can kill cats, be they big or small.
Editorial

 

Wednesday 1st March 2006

 

DEFRA orders 2.3 million doses of Avian flu vaccine from Intervet, primarily for zoos.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

February 2006

Sunday 26th February 2006

 

So what is the score with avian flu vaccines?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

Friday 24th February 2006

 

Update on Avian flu: 24th February 2006.
Editorial

   
 

New research on avian flu vaccine.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire

 

Thursday 23rd February 2006

 

Avian flu five years on from FMD UK2001: have we learnt anything?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Perthshire & Edinburgh

 

Wednesday 22nd February 2006

 

A solution any birdbrain should see: as avian flu can spread unpredictably, vaccination is the humane and intelligent option.
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, The Times

 

Tuesday 21st February 2006

 

Cattle farmers in England at end of their tether with DEFRA over TB control.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Perthshire and Edinburgh

 

Saturday 18th February 2006

 

Tail docking set to be banned in Scotland with no exception for working dogs.
Editorial

 

Tuesday 14th February 2006

 

Peer review of science is not always as independent as it is sometimes claimed to be.
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh and Perthshire

 

Monday 13th February 2006

 

Needlessly officious Edinburgh City Council
Editorial

 

Wednesday 8th February 2006

 

Lend me your X's or you'll get Boris
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, The Times

 
 

Linklater's Scotland: After years of bad publicity the shooting industry is being positively promoted - but can it really become a big player in shaping agricultural policy and helping wildlife?
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Tuesday 7th February 2006

 

Five years on from FMD UK 2001 and still inadequate recognition of tests for early diagnosis
Editorial

 

Thursday 2nd February 2006

 

Marine National Park
Kirsty Macleod: Ardlarach, Letterfinlay, Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire

 

January 2006

Wednesday 25th January 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland: The seemingly unstoppable march of Tesco across the land is changing communities. But is trouble in store?
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday
Reproduced with permission from Scotland on Sunday, Spectrum 22nd January, 2006

 

Saturday 21st January 2006

 

SNH criticised over the management of its hill farm at Cairnsmore
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cutybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 11th January 2006

 

A letter to our Rural Affairs Minister.
A little girl.
with the kind permission of The Scottish Farmer

 

Thursday 5th January 2006

 

Linklater's Scotland. We were promised arts for all and a prominent place for culture on the political agenda. So what happened?
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Wednesday 4th January 2006

 

Another conference that ignored the problems. Review of the RSE conference "The Creation of wealth" November 2005
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh and Perthshire

 

December 2005

Saturday 31st December 2005

 

World beaters? 2005 in review
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Thursday 20th December 2005

 

CLA comment on EU budget - rural and environmental repercussions.
Professor Allan Buckwell, Chief Economist, Country Land and Business Association

 

Tuesday 27th December 2005

 

BVA response to DEFRA's measures to control bovine TB
Editorial

 

Saturday 17th December 2005

 

Talk up farming, don't talk it down and never mind reality.
Review of SAC Outlook Conference "Taking market opportunities" Nov 2005

James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire.

 

Sunday 11th December 2005

 

Advice from the National Beef Association
Robert Forster, Chief Executive NBA

 

Thursday 8th December 2005

 

The absurdity of Margaret Beckett's goldplated tallow
Editorial

 

November 2005

Tuesday 29th November 2005

 

Who takes the flak when "farming for the environment" schemes fail to deliver?
Kirsty Macleod, Founder of People TOO organisation

 

Sunday 13th November 2005

 

Which David would be better for the Conservatives and for the Country?
Editorial

 

Thursday 10th November 2005

 

The parable of the last sheep
Lesley Riddoch: Journalist & Broadcaster
Reproduced from Sunday Herald, 6th Nov 05

 

Monday 7th November 2005

  Beef Shorthorn cattle in demand
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire
 

Sunday 6th November 2005

  Farmers' strike? It is a rotten business
Charles Clover, Environment Editor, Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 200
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October 2005

Friday 21st October 2005

  The precipitous dismissal of QMS chairman
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire
 

Sunday 16th October 2005

  Scotland's continuing economic decline
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Edinburgh & Perthshire
 

September 2005

Thursday 22nd September 2005

 

Reduction sale of Cultybraggan cattle
James Irvine: Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire PH6 2HX

 

Tuesday 13th September 2005

 

Petrol at the village garage approaches £1 per litre
Editorial

 

Monday 12th September 2005

 

Kelso Ram Sales show a significant fall
Editorial

 

Thursday 8th September 2005

 

This year's harvest at Cultybraggan
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 7th September 2005

 

The architect of the anti-foxhunting (Scotland) Bill pleads guilty of being a drunken wilful fire raiser, endangering the lives of others as they slept in a prestigious Edinburgh hotel
Editorial

 

Tuesday 6th September 2005

 

Historic Scotland obstructs as it sits on its hands for 9 months
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Monday 5th September 2005

 

The welfare of grazing livestock and the designation Environmental Sensitive Area (ESA)
Paul Haskins: Sheep farmer, Camden Farm, Radcot Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

 

 

August 2005

Monday 29th August 2005

 

Reduction of sheep flock at Cultybraggan
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Sunday 28th August 2005

  Claws out on a silent moorland
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, The Times
Reproduced from August 2004
 

Tuesday 23rd August 2005

 

Contrary to what RSPB and English Nature would have us believe, curlews are doing fine on upland moors managed for grouse shooting
James Irvine: Editor, www.land-care.org.uk

 

Sunday 7th August 2005

 

Tour of Scottish monitor farm at Pitroddie: some fine views, but too little information
James Irvine: Editor, www.land-care.org.uk

 

Friday 5th August 2005

 

Scottish Executive deals another blow to Scottish industry in deference to Europe
Editorial

 

July 2005

Tuesday 19th July 2005

 

Authoritative new website launched for control of Foot and Mouth Disease and Classical Swine Fever
Editorial

 

Saturday 16th July 2005

 

Is this the acceptable face of responsible access to the Scottish countryside?
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Wednesday 13th July 2005

 

Some conservationists wake up to the fact that "environmental" agendas may not be good for conservation
Editorial

 

Monday 11th July 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: power from waves
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Making hay at Cultybraggan
James Irvine: Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 7th July 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: Sir Timothy Clifford
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Monday 4th July 2005

Draft Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: response to consultation document
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

June 2005

Thursday 30th June 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: windmills in the Highlands
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Sunday 26th June 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: G8 summit at Gleneagles
Magnus Linklater: Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Tuesday 21st June 2005

 

The unhealthy relationships between the Scottish Executive, the Soil Association, the Scottish Agricultural College, the lobby group Environment LINK, and the media need to be addressed.
Review of conference presented by Soil Association, SAC and SNH: "Farming, food and health: an indivisible chain." Battleby, Perth 25th May 2005

James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Friday 17th June 2005

 

Director of National Institute of Economic and Social Research says that "the UK would be better off without farming" and that "farmers get paid for doing nothing".
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 16th June 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: Scotland's budding tennis talent.
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Monday 13th June 2005

  Organic food and farming: hidden agendas
Professor Anthony Trewavas, Institute of Plant Biology, University of Edinburgh
 

Friday 10th June 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: Scotland's fish-farms
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Wednesday 8th June 2005

 

Competitive tendering for CalMac - why not also for quangos?
Kirsty Macleod, Founder, People Too

 

Saturday 4th June 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland - Edinburgh pronounced World City of Literature
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 
 

Dismay at disharmony within the NBA and between the NBA and the breed societies
Editorial

 

Friday 3rd June 2005

 

Peter Cook discusses the economic realities facing suckler herd farmers in Scotland
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Thursday 2nd June 2005

 

Competition Commission Investigation into supermarket practices called for by CLA
Editorial

 

May 2005

Monday 30th May 2005

 

SEERAD reneges on terms of land management scheme
Editorial

 
 

Sunday 29th May 2005

 

Farm walk at Monzie Farms, Gilmerton, Perthshire
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 
 

Saturday 28th May 2005

 

"Sustainable agriculture - local and international perspectives"
Lecture by Peter Gregory, SCRI

Editorial

 
 

Tuesday 24th May 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: the heroism of John Moffat
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 
 

Friday 20th May 2005

 

Right to roam is not for Rover: remember the lead when taking dogs on access land this summer. Good advice from the CLA in England but sadly the situation in Scotland is not so conservation friendly
Editorial

 
 

Thursday 19th May 2005

 

Land-Care's response to Maurice Hankey: "Towards a modern rural economy: enterprise or regulation"
James Irvine: Editor www.land-care.org.uk; Teviot Scientific, Comrie & Edinburgh

 

 

Monday 16th May 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland: once a nation of adventurous entrepreneurs
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

Friday 13th May 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland - Pete Irvine, impressario
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 
 

Exports: key members of UK government letting us down
Dr Rex Walters, Peasemore, Berkshire

Thursday 5th May 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland - the Scottish regiments
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

 

"Towards a modern rural economy: enterprise or regulation." Part 5: Session 4c. SCA conference "Getting the balance right: rural Scotland 2005". 12th April, Edinburgh
Maurice Hankey, Director General, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association

Wednesday 4th May 2005

 

Westminster election: foot and mouth disease issue
Dr Rex Walters, Peasemore, Berks

Tuesday 3rd May 2005

 

Westminster election special. "So Charles Kennedy says we should trust the Liberal Democrats: but why should we?"
Editorial

Monday 2nd May 2005

 

"Towards a modern rural economy: enterprise or regulation". Part 5: Session 4b. SCA conference "Getting the balance right: rural Scotland 2005". 12th April, Edinburgh
Ian Mitchell, Author and Founder of People Too

Sunday 1st May 2005

 

"Towards a modern rural economy: enterprise or regulation". Part 5: Session 4a. SCA conference "Getting the balance right: rural Scotland 2005". 12th April, Edinburgh
Murdo Fraser, MSP

April 2005ľ

Friday 29th April 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland - Kelvingrove
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

Thursday 28th April 2005

  This is life and death, not a spinning matter. Who would you choose to decide how to dispose of nuclear waste - a focus group or leading scientists?
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, The Times
 

"Making conservation work: community wildlife management, derogation or command and control" Part 4 Session 3a, SCA conference "Getting the right balance: rural Scotland 2005" 12th April, Edinburgh
Roy Dennis, Ornithologist

Wednesday 27th April 2005

 

Comment on Roger Wheater/Alex Hogg session. SCA conference "Getting the balance right: rural Scotland 2005" 12th April, Edinburgh
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Friday 22nd April 2005

 

If the charitable status of private schools is questioned, why not that of the RSPB?
Kirsty Macleod, Founder of People Too

Thursday 21st April 2005

 

Part 3: Session 2b. "Enhancing our environment: holistic management Vs single species priorities". SCA conference "Getting the balance right: rural Scotland" 12th April, Edinburgh.
Alex Hogg, Chairman Scottish Gamekeepers Association

Wednesday 20th April 2005

 

Part 3: Session 2a. " Enhancing our environment: holistic management Vs single species priorities". SCA conference "Getting the priorities right for rural Scotland" 12th April, Edinburgh
Roger Wheater, Chairman National Trust for Scotland

Tuesday 19th April 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland - Supermarkets
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

Monday 18th April 2005

 

Part 2: Keynote speech, Lesley Riddoch "Getting the balance right for rural Scotland" SCA conference 12th April, Edinburgh. Review
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 16th April 2005

 

Part 1: introduction. "Getting the balance right for rural Scotland" SCA conference, 12th April, Edinburgh. Review
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Friday 15th April 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland - Pitlochry
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

Thursday 14th April 2005

 

John Hillman, Director's Report, SCRI 2003/2004
Editorial

Monday 11th April 2005

 

"Increased flexibility for farmers" announces the Scottish Executive: but far too late for 2005 summer grazings
Editorial

Friday 8th April 2005

 

Delays in processing the Single Payment Scheme are affecting farmers in England & Wales
Editorial

Thursday 7th April 2005

 

Linklater's Scotland
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

March 2005

Thursday 31st March

 

"Guidance on the rules for Land Management Contracts available in the next few weeks" says Scottish Executive
Editorial

 

Linklaters' Scotland - Easter in Easterhouse
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

Wednesday 30th March

 

Reply from SAC to Land-Care letter concerning SAC presentation on the 4 Point Plan to local farmers
Janette Elder, SAC Corporate Information Officer

Monday 28th March

 

Reply from SEPA to Land-Care letter concerning presentation on 4 Point Plan by SAC to local farmers
Rob Morris, SEPA Land Unit Manager

Sunday 27th March

 

Comments on "Stopping illegal imports of animal products into Great Britain. National Audit Office report"
James Irvine FRSE, Formerly member of RSE FMD Inquiry

Thursday 24th March

 

Linklater's Scotland
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

Monday 21st March

 

Letter to SEPA following SAC presentation on 4 Point Plan to local farmers
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Sunday 20th March

 

The 4 Point Plan and the Rural Stewardship Scheme: open letter to the SAC project officer for water conservation
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Thursday 17th March

 

Land Management Contracts: a lot more detail still to come from SEERAD
Editorial

Monday 14th March

 

Land management contracts analysed: item 10 - biodiversity cropping on inbye . Surely the stupidest of them all
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

 

Land management contracts: items 8 & 9 - moorland grazing and rush pastures
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Culytbraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 12th March

 

Beavers and SNH
Kirsty MacLeod, Founder of People Too

Friday 10th March

 

Land management contracts analysed: item 7 - linear features
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 7th March

 

Land management contracts: item 6 - buffer areas
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 5th March

 

Land management contracts analysed: items 2 - 5. Quality assurance, training, farm visits and off farm talks
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Thursday 3rd March

 

Land management contracts analysed: item 1 - animal health and welfare
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Wednesday 2nd March

 

BVA and CLA responses to Government's plans for bovine TB
Editorial

Tuesday 1st March

 

Our countryside - we live here
Kirsty Macleod, Founder of People TOO

 

SEERAD announcement of Land Management Contracts
Editorial

February 2005

Monday 28th February

 

Land management contracts: a joke if they were not so sad.
Editorial

Wednesday 23rd February

 

Edinburgh motorists give their City Council a bloody nose
Editorial

Saturday 19th February

 

RSPCA comments on post-ban fox hunt: but where were they during the FMD slaughter of farm livestock?
Editorial

Friday 18th February

  Another sad day for rural Britain: this time for England and Wales.
Fox hunting ruled out

Editorial

Saturday 12th February

 

Self-sufficient, secure food supplies are low on the government's agenda - official
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Wednesday 9th February

 

SEERAD fails to show at CAP reform seminar: allegedly because they still do not know the rules that will apply
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Tuesday 8th February

 

Ellen has done it - and so has her backup team. Absolutely fantastic
James Irvine, Editor

Sunday 6th February

 

Hopefully 'Commanders' are not going to lead Ellen into the centre of another windless high
James Irvine, Editor

Friday 4th February

 

Are B&Q and the backup team making a farce out of Ellen's achievements?
Editorial

Thursday 3rd February

  Recently Ellen seems to have got weird advice from "Commanders" in the USA
Editorial
  At last the question is being asked: Who is going to pay for all the environmental and social goodies involved in 'sustainable' development?
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire
 

Letter: National Trust and Yewdale Farm, Coniston
R. Lewkonia, Land-Care website reader

Wednesday 2nd February

 

National Trust acquires another farm: this time in Wales. But do they know how to look after it?
Editorial

January 2005

Saturday 29th January

 

Fury with the National Trust as it plans to break up historic farm in the Lake District
James Irvine, Teviot, Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Friday 28th January

 

Ellen claims her fifth record in a row: now for the really, really big one
James Irvine, Editor

Thursday 27th January

 

Comments on "Lloyds TSB Scotland Scottish agricultural survey 2005 by Professor Donald MacRae"
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Sunday 23rd January

 

Review: SAC Outlook Conference "Benefiting from change", Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, 16th November 2004
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Wednesday 19th January

  Proposal for a new organic status for hill farmers and conservation farmers: Organic "B" introduction and problems with the organic rules.
Ruth Watkins, Welsh Hill Farmer and former Consultant Virologist

Thursday 13th January

  Ellen makes new record to Cape Horn
Jame Irvine, Editor, Land-Care

Monday 10th January

  Tearing down heritage borders on insanity
Magnus Linklater, Columnist, Scotland on Sunday

Thursday 6th January

  Lack of logic or science is now the political fashion, but is it a good idea?
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 3rd January

 

Ellen is half way and doing well
James Irvine, Editor, Land-Care and LandCare Scotland

 

December 2004

Friday 17th December

 

Concerns about the validity of statements on condition of SSSIs in Scotland made by members of Environment LINK: review and comment on paper by Kirsty Macleod, People TOO conference, Perth
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Thursday 16th December

 

Broken hearts. Broken boats. And broke
Magnus Linklater, Times columnist

Monday 13th December

 

Why is Loch Lomond National Park not working properly? Who runs it?
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 11 December

 

RSPB-backed 'green' electricity marketing scheme censored by Advertising Standards Agency
Editorial

Tuesday 07 December

 

The state of Scotland's National Parks
Ian Mitchell, Lagavulin, Isle of Islay

Thursday 02 December

 

Policy and science of FMD control
Mary Marshall and Paul Roger, Animal Health Resources Ltd

November 2004

Sunday 28th November

 

Ellen MacArthur: The first of Land-Care's gallery of heroines and heroes:
The start of her single-handed round the world challenge

Monday 22nd November

 

Review & comment. Part 2: "From science to policy and management". PeopleTOO conference, Perth
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Friday 19th November

 

SNH and the Island of Arran. Case study presented at the PEOPLE TOO conference, 29th October, Perth
Liz Robertson, Sheep farmer, Island of Arran

Thursday 12 November 11th

 

Professor Peter Gregory: new director of Scottish Crop Research Unit
Editorial

Monday 8th November

 

Part 1: Introduction. Who governs rural Scotland? People Too Conference, Perth
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

October 2004

Wednesday 27th October

 

Aberdeen Angus cattle breeding: Perth bull sales October 2004
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 23rd October

  Swede breeding in Scotland
Dr John E. Bradshaw, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee

Wednesday 20th October

 

Letter of appeal to BCMS for refusing a calf passport
James Irvine, Teviot Scientic, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Tuesday 19th October

 

Gowrie swede: a new variety
Editorial

Friday 14th October

 

BVA Congress: address by President Tim Greet
Article

Wednesday 13th October

 

Conference programme: "Who governs rural Scotland?"
People Too

Tuesday 12th October

 

SVS say that the recent TB situation in Perthshire cattle is "nothing unusual".
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 11th October

 

DEFRA statistics for TB in cattle: January - August 2004

Sunday 10th October

 

Alleged outbreak of TB in cattle in Perthshire
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 9th October

 

People Too Conference 29th October 2004, Dewar Centre, Perth
Press Release by People Too

Friday 8th October

 

Book Review: Isles of the North by Ian Mitchell
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 4th October

 

Scotland's Land: RSE conference 30th September 2004. Reviewed
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

September 2004

Wednesday 22nd September

 

Recently retired vice-principal SAC reportedly talks more havers about farming.
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Tuesday 21st September

 

Leading farmer-owned co-operative warns that a U-turn on subsidies may be needed.
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Monday 20th September

  Good Heavens: the balance of the 2003 wool cheque arrived!
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybraggan Farm, Comrie, Perthshire

Saturday 18 September

 

Apoplectic rage over the mindless bureaucracy of SFQC
James Irvine, Teviot Scientific, Cultybra