The west coast of Scotland isn't an easy place to farm, and our local crofters have to work hard to win a living. What can be done is well illustrated by Sue Cheadle, whose croft at Sanna is now producing.... grapes. Let's hope that, very soon, we'll be seeing Chateau Sanna on the supermarket shelves.
The job's hard enough without it also being heartbreaking. This is.... was.... one of this year's ewe lambs, future breeding stock at Ockle, which an uncontrolled dog savaged so badly on Friday that it had to be put down. Crofters have the right to shoot dogs which are caught attacking their stock but they don't because, like the dog's irresponsible owner, they love their animals.