Farming News

logo-scottishfarmerDoug Niven has dedicated the past 50 years of his life to the farming and agricultural industry.  For over 20 years he has written for the Scottish Farmer; Doug still writes a regular weekly article for the publication, known locally and by his readers as the ‘Gleaner’.

Doug’s articles are topical and feature highly in the magazine; often commenting on the industry’s volatile market place and reciting the most up to date meat and grain prices which can be affected so quickly.

News Articles

COMPARED TO the East Coast of America where they have had up to 1m of snow recently, our tail-end of the same storm was wind and rain this week, and that’s on top of some pretty wet weather so far this year. But, it’s been a fickle year for different parts of the country. Forecasts here were for high winds…

IT’S NOW official – December, 2015, was the wettest on record, with UK rainfall reported at 191% of the long-term average. It was also the warmest with the average temperature of 7.7C being a huge 4.1C above the long term average. And January started similarly with 60 mm, or more than 2 inches of rain in the first 12 days…

IT’S BEEN all over the news what a wet December we’ve had – record levels and all that – but in my part of the Borders we finished up with 648mm of rain. In old money that’s 25.51 inches, compared to the 2014 total of 650mm or 25.59 inches. Until December, 2015 was looking like a lot drier year than…