The 58th Adkin Annual Sale of Hay & Straw is the second 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 15th January 2019 and met with a lively trade for hay, but a rather steadier one for straw. The shortage of fodder due to the dry summer is still evident and means that hay is in strong demand. Straw in big bales met a fair trade which reflected the present market, with a near 100% clearance. There was no significant trade for straw in conventional bales however, which would seem to be due to both the extra cost of handling and that demand can be met from supplies of big bales. All lots were of excellent quality, the summer being one of the best years for making hay and baling straw for a long time.
Adkin are very pleased to announce that Hannah Rickards and Rosa Noll have passed their exams to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
BPS 2018 Payments and Exchange Rate
The exchange rate for 2018 BPS payments has been set at €1 = £0.89281. This is 0.2% lower than last year’s exchange rate.
The Rural Payments Agency has now announced the Entitlement Values for the 2018 year at:
– Non-SDA (Severely Disadvantaged Area) €181.39
– SDA €180.00
– SDA Moorland €49.09
Adkin are pleased to welcome Jenna Wald back as part of our team, on a temporary basis, following her time in Australia where she hopes to return next year.
We are delighted to announce that Hannah Rickards has been successful in passing the Assessment of Professional Competence with the RICS and is now a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor. Many congratulations from all at Adkin!
We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Alison, Emily and Kerry to the position of Director within Adkin. Previously Associate Directors, these well-earned promotions reflect each colleague’s ongoing commitment to and seniority within the Company.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Thomasina Quesnel to the expanding Adkin team. Thomasina joins us as a Graduate Surveyor following completing a Masters in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University.
Adkin are proud to support three charities for the 2017/18 financial year. The three staff elected charities are as follows:
• CLIC Sargent cancer support for the young
• Pennyhooks Farm Trust, supporting people with Autism in a farm environment
• Yellow submarine, supporting people with learning disabilities to live their lives to the full
Last month our Adkin surveyors attended the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) Oxfordshire committee’s 10th Annual black-tie dinner held in in the Great Hall at Christ Church College.
The event included a Church service followed by dinner, auctions and a speech from guest speaker Lydia Slack, a former UN intern and model. The evening successfully raised £8000 for the RABI charity.
Photo by Melissa, Polo Images www.poloimages.org
The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 came into effect on 26th June 2017 and now apply throughout the UK meaning farmers buying and selling land need to be prepared for increased security checks during these transactions. The Regulations have resulted in a tighter regime of identity checking for property transactions to reduce the potential opportunities for criminal organisations to fund terrorist activity or launder money.