The 57th Adkin Annual Sale of Hay & Straw is the first to be held in conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland for the express purpose of maintaining this important service to the farming community. The sale was held at Ardington, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 16th January 2018 and met with a lively trade. As ever the weather in the summer of 2017 had had a marked effect upon the fodder offered which overall was slightly down in quantity on recent years. The hay was generally of good quality and met with strong demand. The straw from the 2017 harvest inevitably suffered from the weather. Credit goes to our vendors for maintaining supplies. Those who entered met with prices far in excess of recent years.
Countryside Stewardship Changes
The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is due for a number of improvements ahead of the 2018 application period. These aim to make it easier for farmers to access the funding it offers.
Four ‘packages’ covering the most common farm type will be offered and will have a shorter application form and simpler checks when applying. The packages will be non-competitive meaning applicants are guaranteed an offer as long as they meet the minimum requirements. Individual management options are grouped together within a package under a number of categories. There will then be a requirement to pick a minimum number of options from each category.
With best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
Our office will be closed from noon on 22nd December 2017 until 2nd January 2018.
We will not be sending cards this year but donation are being made to our chosen charities for 2018.
New Farming Rules for Water
From 2nd April 2018 all farmers in England will be required to follow a new set of farming rules for water. The rules will be:
- Promote good practice in managing fertilisers and manures
- Encourage land managers to take reasonable precautions to prevent diffuse pollution from runoff or soil erosion
- Require soil testing at least every 5 years
- A summary of the new rules can be found below:
Adkin is a small friendly team of Chartered Surveyors based in the attractive village of Ardington near Wantage, Oxfordshire. Our work involves all aspects of agricultural, commercial and residential property throughout Southern England for a wide range of clients.
Due to an ever increasing workload, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate Rural Surveyor to join our team. The successful applicant will be hardworking and self-motivated with good attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential together with the confidence and ability to work independently or as part of a team.
Adkin will provide full training and support to enable you to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
This is an opportunity to join a highly respected, friendly and dynamic team with an interesting and varied workload. Good training and career prospects are available for the right candidate. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered together with the possibility of subsidised housing.
Please send applications with a covering letter enclosing your CV to:
Mrs Emily Ham
Adkin, Orpwood House, School Road,
Ardington, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8PQ.
If you wish to call to discuss the position in the first instance, please contact Emily on (01235) 434382 or e-mail email@example.com
All applications and enquires will be treated in strictest confidence.
Closing date for applications: Monday 27th November 2017
First interviews to be held 5th/6th December 2017
Second interviews to be held 12th/13th December 2017
57th ANNUAL HAY & STRAW AUCTION SALE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIMBLEBY & SHORLAND
TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY 2018
In the Loyd Lindsay Rooms, Ardington, Wantage, Oxon OX12 8PS
In order to ensure the continuity of the Adkin Annual Hay and Straw Sale we will from hereon be operating in conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland of Reading. We intend to work closely together to maintain this important service.
All enquiries to Philip Pocock or Hannah Rickards (01235 862888)
The Government have this month published guidance for landlords on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let domestic property under Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.
Julian Sayers was installed as Master of The Worshipful Company of Farmers on 10th October and is looking forward to a busy year ahead whilst representing the agricultural industry in the City of London and further afield.
His theme for the year will be the future for the letting and occupation of farmland as the industry faces an uncertain future outside the European Union which means there is a need for flexibility and resilience. Those who own land and wish to share occupation will need farmers with the right skills and foresight to take up the opportunities that will exist in the brave new world.
Alongside these discussions he will also be promoting the Company’s ever expanding educational programme thereby inspiring, encouraging and developing excellence in the management of UK Agriculture.
Changes to Greening Rules for 2018
The European Commission has published its updated greening rules for 2018:
–Plant Protection Products
The complete ban on the use of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) and Nitrogen Fixing Crops (NFCs) has been confirmed. The ban will apply to the use of PPP on EFA fallow areas, EFA catch and cover crops and EFA nitrogen fixing crops. Furthermore the ban is to apply from the time of sowing the crop, even if this date is before the 1st January 2018, through to harvesting. The ban will also apply to seed dressings.