Agency Review 2021/22

The last 12 months have been one of the most successful years for agency sales that Adkin have ever achieved.  With transactions agreed at over £162 million our Agency Review reflects this highly successful activity and provides our predictions for the coming year.

 

You can read the full report here: Agency Review 2021-22

 

If you own rural property, whether it is residential, farmland or strategic development land and you are looking for totally independent advice combined with exceptional service, then please do not hesitate to contact us by phone 01235 862 888 or email mail@adkin.co.uk

 

 

 

Julian Sayers appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire

Adkin are delighted to announce that Julian Sayers has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire with specific responsibility for the County’s farming and rural communities.
Julian said “I am honoured to have been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant and I look forward to supporting the Lord Lieutenant and the work of the Lieutenancy in my new role. I have lived in Oxfordshire for the last 40 years and worked within the County’s farming and rural communities as part of the Adkin team throughout that period. I am committed to ensuring that those who are employed in agricultural businesses and sustain our rural population are duly recognised. Food production, the environment, energy generation and many other issues are high on the current agenda when considering the way in which our land is managed and the livelihoods of those whose depend upon the associated industries. However, history shows that those living and working in our rural areas will rise to the challenges they face for the benefit of the community as a whole.”

VACANCY – Property Manager (Full-time)

PROPERTY MANAGER WANTED

Adkin is a small friendly team of Chartered Surveyors based in the attractive village of Ardington near Wantage, Oxfordshire. Our work includes all aspects of agricultural, commercial and residential property throughout Southern England, but primarily in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.

Due to an ever increasing workload, an exciting opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a full-time Property Manager.

The main duties will involve working alongside the Surveyors in the management of all types of property, including:

  • Property Lettings and Viewings
  • Inspecting and Instructing Property Repairs
  • Liaising and Reporting to Utility Providers
  • Property Compliance
  • Periodic Property Inspections
  • Maintaining our Property Database.

The ideal applicant will need to have a flexible approach due to the varied workload and demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

The role will be mainly office based but site visits will be required. Previous experience in Property Management preferred, along with experience in all Microsoft applications, but full training can be given. Car owner/driver necessary.

Please send applications in writing, enclosing your CV, to:

Mrs Kerry Holbrook-Bull

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 Kerry on (01235) 862888 or e-mail kerry.holbrook-bull@adkin.co.uk

All applications and enquires will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We are recruiting!

SURVEYOR WANTED – All Levels of Experience Considered

Due to increasing workload, Adkin have opportunities to join the team in our highly respected firm.  We are open to applications from those recently qualified or perhaps part way through their training but are also very interested in those more experienced including Associate/Director level. Excellent career prospects are available with an opportunity to progress within the company and move towards taking equity in the business. This is a great chance to develop your career and be key in shaping the future of a dynamic and driven company.

Based in the attractive village of Ardington in Oxfordshire, our dedicated team offer an array of services including agricultural, commercial and residential disciplines, and therefore a wide variety of work and clients is attained. The main focus of this position(s) will be professional work and valuations but those with experience in management will also be welcome.

Many of our clients have been with us for generations, something we are very proud of, and a testament to the reputation and expertise of the firm and our ability to move with the times. We work for a diverse range of clients with interesting and demanding requirements and whilst the majority based in central southern England, we increasingly act for landowners nationwide.

Role requirements

  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ideally with Registered Valuer status or working towards the APC.
  • Fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers is preferable but not essential and we would be very willing to support those looking to gain this qualification.
  • Motivated and driven.
  • Ability to shape your role within the company.
  • A competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Flexible working considered.

Please send applications with your CV to:  Mrs Emily Ham MRICS FAAV  emily.ham@adkin.co.uk 

If you wish to call to discuss the position in the first instance, please contact Emily on (01235) 434382 or by the e-mail address above.
All applications and enquiries will be treated in strictest confidence.

 

61st Hay & Straw Sale – January 2022 – Report

The 61st Adkin/Thimbleby & Shorland Annual Sale of Hay & Straw was held live and online this year, enabling buyers to bid remotely if desired, a trend that has fast become the norm due to the Covid pandemic.  Yet again, the trade was in marked contrast to last year, this time with significantly less demand across the board.  The huge crops of hay and haylage made last summer/autumn coupled with an extremely mild autumn and winter thus far, are responsible for this.  Consumption is well below usual levels and whilst this has had an effect on price, the most obvious implication is that clearance is very low.  Clearance of wheat straw was only just over 50%, and for Meadow hay just under 50%.  There was very little haylage sold.

Auctioneer Chris Boreham said: “What a difference a year makes!  The hay and straw trade has more often than not been a case of feast or famine, but I can’t remember two more contrasting years.  It was to be expected under the circumstances.  There just isn’t the demand.  It will take a significant change in the weather to affect things.  The elephant in the room of course is what effect the unprecedented increase in the price of fertiliser is going to have on this year’s crops.  Next year’s trade may be just as exceptional but for quite different reasons!”

Thanks go to all parties for continuing to support the sale.  The year ahead looks even more unpredictable than ever, but we look forward to the 2023 sale with interest. The principal prices achieved were:

HAY

Meadow

Big Bales
Claas 2100 bales Meadow Hay to £19 per bale (approximately £75/tonne) (Marcham Farms Ltd).  45% clearance.

Seeds

Big Bales
NH 1290 bales Seeds Hay £28.75 per bale (approximately £70/tonne) (Mr G Crockford).  22% clearance

STRAW

Barley Straw

Big Bales
Claas 3200 bales £24 per bale (approximately £72/tonne) (Gale Estates).  36% clearance

Wheat Straw

Big Bales
Top price NH BB9050 bales £18 per bale (approximately £90/tonne) (Mr A Hardy).  Average approximately £61/tonne.  54% clearance

You can read the full report here: 61st Hay & Straw Sale Report

Julian Sayers, in his capacity as Chairman of the Worshipful Company of Farmers Charitable Trust met HRH The Countess of Wessex at last week’s Livery Banquet and discussed the Company’s charitable endeavours which include the well respected agricultural and rural leadership courses.

Qualified Surveyor Required to Join the Adkin Team

Due to increasing workload, a great opportunity for a qualified Rural Surveyor is available within our highly respected rural surveying firm. We are looking for those with ideally 2-3 years PQE but are also very interested in those more experienced up to and including Associate/Director level. Good career prospects are available with an opportunity to move towards taking equity in the business. This is a great chance to develop your career and be involved in shaping the future of a dynamic and driven company.

Based in the attractive village of Ardington in Oxfordshire, our dedicated team offer an array of services including agricultural, commercial and residential disciplines, and therefore a wide variety of professional work is attained. The main focus of this position will be professional work and valuations rather than management.

Many of our clients have been with us for generations, something we are very proud of, and a testament to the reputation and expertise of the firm. We are also working for a diverse range of new clients with interesting and demanding requirements. Whilst the majority of our clients are based in central southern England, we increasingly act for landowners nationwide.

Role requirements

Applicants must be;

  • Educated to degree level
  • A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with Registered Valuer status.
  • Fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers is also preferable but not essential.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered. Flexible working considered.

Please send applications with your CV to:

Mrs Emily Ham MRICS FAAV, c/o Adkin, Orpwood House, School Road, Ardington, Wantage OX12 8PQ
or email emily.ham@adkin.co.uk 

If you wish to call to discuss the position in the first instance, please contact Emily on (01235) 434382 or by the e-mail address above.

All applications and enquiries will be treated in strictest confidence.