A Farmer's Diary

Jenny Longden's been on her monthly trip to visit our resident farmer Stephen Withers in his fields in Jedburgh.

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Melrose benefits from Sevens

Around 12,000 people are expected to visit Melrose tomorrow for the world famous Sevens tournament.

Melrose High Street is already busy with visitors Credit: ITV News Border

This year the event has attracted rugby teams from America and Trinidad and Tobego.

WIndow displays in the town have a Rugby theme Credit: ITV News Border

Its thought the event brings in £2million to the local economy.

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Fight to overturn docking ban taken to Holyrood

A gamekeeper from the Scottish Borders has taken his fight to overturn a ban on removing working dogs tails to the Scottish Parliament.

Alex Hogg from Eddleston near Peebles wants the same tail docking rules to apply in Scotland as in England.

Currently the surgical removal of puppies tails is banned for working dogs north of the border.

Animal welfare charities say the procedure is cruel and want the ban to remain. Jenny Longden sent this report:

Borders Book Festival line up announced

The full programme for this year's Borders Book Festival has been announced.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and comedian Jennifer Saunders are set to appear in a line-up described as "stellar" by organisers.

The festival runs from 12 to 15 June 12 and is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

This year's festival will feature talks covering topics ranging from history and politics to cookery and fiction.

£4 million investment in Borders cable company

A Scottish Borders based company that supplies fibre optic cables for BT has announced a £4million investment and new jobs.

Emtelle UK Limited, which operates two factories in Hawick and Jedburgh, supplies BT with cables for its high speed broadband network.

The company has invested in new technology across both sites, employing 15 extra staff. Hawick will be the latest community to benefit from high speed fibre broadband.

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Tail docking is "for the welfare of these dogs"

A Scottish Borders gamekeeper is leading a campaign to overturn a ban on docking working dogs tails.

Alex Hogg, Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, says he now buys his dogs from England to get round the ban, which could lead to good working dog lines being lost in Scotland.

"It's for the welfare of these dogs because when they break their tail, and their tail becomes broken you are looking at amputation. Once you have got to amputate a dog's tail it's like cutting a limb off. It takes months and months to mend, months and months of recuperation and months and months of agony. It is a long term welfare issue."

– Alex Hogg, Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association

He says docking a dog's tail as a puppy is much less painful than dealing with a broken tail as an adult dog.

"We have now got lots of rural vets that are coming on board and saying this and I think it will help hugely. They are seeing damage now from these adult dogs and they are saying themselves that look, surely to give a tiny bit of pain when the puppy is only under three days, the tail is like a piece of rubber, it's just nipped off and that is it. But once you get to an adult dog and it's into full amputation, it is horrendous trying to get it mended."

– Alex Hogg, Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association

4,000 sign petition to overturn docking ban

Campaigners for and against tail docking for working dogs are being asked to submit their views to the Scottish Government.

Animal welfare groups say the practice of docking puppies tails is unnecessarily painful for the animals, but gamekeepers say it stops damage to their tails later in life.

They want the Scottish Parliament to overturn an outright ban on the procedure.

Chanel promise 100 new jobs in the Borders

Chanel have announced they will be taking on 100 new staff in the Borders.

Bruno Pavlovsky, the company's fashion president, made the announcement on a visit to the Barrie Knitwear factory in Hawick.

He praised their efforts since the luxury goods firm took over the from Dawson International in October 2012.

"The people here have been fantastic. They have been so supportive of all the developments, working extra shifts to build this extra success and to continue that we need to find new people. We need to recruit."

– Bruno Pavlovsky, Fashion President of Chanel

The 100 new jobs would add to the existing 176-strong workforce at Barrie Knitwear.

The Barrie brand of cashmere clothing will launch next month and will be sold at 40 of the world's top clothing stores.

A dedicated boutique will open in Paris in June with a London store also being considered.

Gamekeepers ask Scottish Parliament to allow tail docking

A Gamekeeper from the Scottish Borders is leading a campaign to overturn a ban on docking working dogs tails.

Alex Hogg, Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers Association Credit: ITV Border

The surgical removal of a puppy's tail is completely banned in Scotland except when necessary as a result of disease or injury.

In England tail docking is allowed for puppies that are bred as working dogs.

Alex Hogg, Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, says he now buys his dogs from England to get round the ban, which could lead to good working dog lines being lost in Scotland.

He says docking their tail as a puppy is much less painful than dealing with a broken tail as an adult dog.

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