54th Annual Sale of Hay, Straw and Haylage Report



The Adkin Annual Sale of Hay & Straw held at Ardington, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 13th January 2015 saw a good company of buyers from across the country.  Having received poor clearance rates from other fodder auctions the trade could best be described as a curate’s egg.  The combination of our regular buyers, and one or two new ones, together with realism from venders as to the likely trade resulted in a good proportion of the fodder on offer being moved.

The excess of hay and straw across the country from a productive 2014 together with a mild winter to date has led to a slack demand.  As a result the prices achieved were very moderate in particular for hay.   Good quality hay in both large and small bales achieved modest prices.  Both wheat and barley straw were in good demand if in the larger heavier bales.

The highlight of the sale was the demand for conventional bales of barley straw with strong competition and a 100% clearance.

The principle prices were:


Big Bales (61% Clearance)

Meadow Hay

Claas 2100 bales Organic Meadow Hay to £13.00 per bale (Marcham Farms Ltd)

NH9060 bales Meadow Hay to £16.20 per bale (GD Lay & Partners)

Seeds Hay

Claas 3200 bales to £12.30 per bale (R M Benson & Son)

Conventional Bales (60% Clearance)

Meadow Hay to £3.00 per bale (Mrs C Ackrill) 


Big Bales (60% Clearance)

Barley Straw

Quadrant bales to £15.00 per bale (Woodhouse Farm Partnership)

Claas Quadrant bales to £13.55 per bale (Gale Partnership)

Claas 3200 bales to £13.75 per bale (Delafield Brothers)

Wheat Straw

Krone Big Pack 1290 bales to £18.00 per bale (Gale Partnership) 

Conventional Bales (100% Clearance)

Barley Straw

Conventional bales of Winter and Spring Barley Straw to £1.60 per bale (Bitmead Cholsey Partners)

We will be pleased to receive enquiries for any unsold lots.  Please contact Philip Pocock or Jenna Wald on 01235 862888.

54th Annual Sale of Hay, Straw and Haylage


CATALOGUE 2015 Addendum

The 54th Annual Hay & Straw Sale will be held on Tuesday 13th January 2015.

The auction will commence at 2.30pm in the Ardington Sports Club, Ardington Sports Ground, Ardington, Nr. Wantage, Oxon OX12 8QB for one year only due to refurbishment at Loyd Lindsay Rooms.

Please see attached our catalogue by clicking on the above link. Please also note that A417 Challow Station bridge has now reopened.

RPA Confirms Entitlement Values for 2014

The RPA has confirmed the entitlement values for SPS 2014. They are:-

  • €251.38 – non-SDA
  • €201.32 – SDA non-moorland
  • €35.26 – SDA moorland

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website. It is expected that claim statements should start to be made available from mid-December and entitlements statements from January 2015.

Farming & Property Bulletin – November 2014

Changes to Weight and Speed Limits – Tractors and Trailers The Department for Transport has announced that it intends to change the weight and speed limits for agricultural tractors and trailers on the roads of Great Britain from Spring 2015. While the maximum laden weight for a trailer will remain unchanged, the maximum combined weight limit for a tractor and trailer will increase to 31 tonnes, allowing larger tractors to pull loads. The maximum speed limit for conventional tractors will increase from 20mph to 25mph.


Congratulations to Christine Thomas

Adkin are delighted to announce that Christine Thomas has just passed the Assessment of Professional Competence examination with the RICS and is now a qualified Chartered Surveyor! Christine has worked very hard and we are all pleased with this great achievement.


Adkin Wedding

We would like to congratulate Emily on her recent marriage to Quentin Ham on the 10th October.  It was a lovely sunny Autumn day and we wish them both all the best for the future.


Adkin Appoints Andrew Chandler MRICS FAAV


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Chandler BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV who will be joining the Team in November as a Senior Surveyor. A Berkshire farmer’s son, Andrew graduated from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester in 2004.  He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers and a RICS Registered Valuer.  Andrew will be dealing with a wide range of professional matters and will specialise in the valuation and sale of all forms of rural property.

Emily Ham (neé Quinton) – Associate Director

We are very pleased to formally announce the appointment of Emily Ham (nQuinton) as an Associate Director with effect from 1st October. Emily has been a key member of our team of surveyors for over seven years and we are delighted to confirm this well-earned promotion.

Philip Pocock

After 50 years of service we would like to announce that Philip Pocock has retired from the Board of Directors of Adkin with effect from 1st October. Philip will continue to serve as a Consultant to Adkin on a part-time basis. We would like to thank Philip for his dedication and commitment to Adkin and the profession throughout his career and we wish him well in his new role.