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

COLD, RAW, damp and windy conditions continued again this week and so far this winter we have had no real hard frost in arable areas. Even with the mild conditions, total compound animal feed production was up 5% from July to September this year, compared to the same time last year. However, total cereals used in all animal feed demand,…

A WET week and what a wet one it was – with seven consecutive days of recorded rainfall of 49mm in my part of the eastern Borders – although nothing, really, compared to the flooded areas of the Borders and Cumbria. Of course, such violent floods will have a knock-on effect on livestock, and also on crops in the ground…

TEMPERATURES have have had a sudden drop from an almost balmy 17°C two weeks ago to zero and winter arrived with snow and sleet showers, between the rain. This has all added up to make November the second wettest month of the year to date and wetter than in any month of 2014. This should prompt more animal feed requirements…

Winter weather is now becoming more evident, with frosts forecast for this weekend. Last weekend, we had the wettest day in the Borders for 13 months, when 20mm of rain fell, but nothing compared to more than 250mm in some western areas of the country. In a three-day period, we also went from 17°C down to 3°C – so the…