Farm Machinery Auction

In conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland
Sale by auction of a Combine, Tractors, Farm Machinery & Implements
For R M Benson and Son
Home Farm, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX44 9PQ
On Tuesday 27th September 2016
For further information
please contact Chris Boreham
on 07760 888 543 or Email:


Company Promotions

Adkin are delighted to announce the promotion of Christine Thomas and Jenna Wald to the position of Senior Surveyor to reflect their hard work and increased responsibilities within the business.

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Sale by Auction of Tractors, Farm Machinery & Equipment – Catalogue

Sale by Auction of Tractors, Farm Machinery & Equipment

for The Executors of Miss A Bowditch

Church Farm, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RD


Tuesday 26th April 2016

                                                                                           in conjunction with

                                                                                        Thimbleby & Shorland


Farming and Property Bulletin – March 2016

Woodland Creation Grants

 The window for Woodland Creation grants under the new Countryside Stewardship has now opened for applications.  This is a standalone grant under the main Countryside Stewardship scheme which provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items, such as fencing, required to create a woodland.  The grant is competitive and applications will be scored and accepted subject to the available budget. The application window is open until 31st March 2016.  Successful applicants will be issued an agreement from July 2016 onwards.

NFU Bulletin – March 2016

Agency Review

Following one of our strongest years to date Adkin have continued to increase our share of Agency instructions across all sectors.

Including farms, estates, residential property, development sites and amenity land we have transacted in excess of 4,700 acres and £67m of assets.

Our recently produced Agency Review provides an insight into some of the transactions we have been involved in over the past year, download your copy here.

Farming and Property Bulletin – February 2016

Basic Payment Scheme 2016 – Mapping

The RPA should be making a Land Viewer available in February on the Rural Payments online system which should allow digital maps and aerial photography of farmers land to be viewed online. Unlike 2015, it will not be possible to edit land online. An RLE1 form will still need to be used for that. It should however be possible to transfer land online.

February 2016

Graduate or Recently Qualified Rural Surveyor

Adkin is one of the most respected and well established rural surveying practices in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. Based in the attractive village of Ardington near Wantage, our work includes all aspects of agricultural, rural, commercial and residential property, and our client base covers principally Central Southern England. Many of our clients have been with us for generations, something we are very proud of, and is a testament to the dedication and expertise of the firm.

Due to an ever increasing workload, an opportunity has arisen for a graduate or recently qualified Rural Surveyor to join our team. The successful applicant will be hardworking and self-motivated with meticulous 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. You will be educated to degree level and be prepared to train 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 in writing enclosing your CV to:

Mrs Sarah Payne

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 Sarah on (01235) 434383 or e-mail

All applications and enquires will be treated in strictest confidence.

Closing date for applications: Monday 8 February 2016

Farming & Property Bulletin – January 2016

BPS Payments Update 

The RPA were still advising that it was on track to meet its commitment to pay more than half of eligible claimants in England by the end of December. Further payment runs were expected on the 23rd and 31st December.

There has been an issue with some payments where there have been entitlement transfers. A number of RLE1s have been missed and therefore not processed. This means that claimants may have been paid based on the wrong number of entitlements. Anyone who has transferred entitlements but has not yet received confirmation should chase this up with the RPA and also check the payment received (if you have had one) extremely carefully.

NFU Bulletin – January

Report on 2016 Auction Sale of Hay & Straw

The Adkin Annual Sale of Hay & Straw held at Ardington, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 12th January 2016 saw a good company of buyers from across the country and beyond.  The trade varied considerably but in general exceeded expectations and resulted in much better clearance rates than had been reported recently.  Our regular buyers once again contributed significantly and together with one or two new faces and realism from vendors with reserves resulted in a very satisfactory conclusion.

What was totally apparent was that the strong demand was for the best quality hay and for wheat and barley straw in big bales. The best hay sold to keen bidding and strong prices whereas the second and third quality hay was a struggle.

The principle prices were:


Big Bales (90% Clearance)

Meadow Hay

Claas 2100 bales Organic Meadow Hay to £24.50 per bale (Marcham Farms Ltd)

Seeds Hay

MF2140 bales to £40.00 per bale (Napper Farm Services)

Conventional Bales (66% Clearance)

Meadow Hay to £3.05 per bale (Mrs C Ackrill)


Big Bales (88% Clearance)

Barley Straw

Krone 1290 bales to £23.50 per bale (Gale Partnership)

Quadrant bales to £20.50 per bale (Woodhouse Farm Partnership)

Claas 3200 bales to £20.33 per bale (Delafield Brothers)

Wheat Straw

Krone 1290 bales to £20.00 per bale (Gale Partnership)

 Conventional Bales (100% Clearance)

Winter Barley Straw to £1.42 per bale (Bitmead Cholsey Partners)

Winter Wheat Straw to £1.00 per bale (Bitmead Cholsey Partners)

We will be pleased to receive enquiries for any of the few unsold lots. We also have available a quantity of round baled silage and further round baled straw for sale privately.  Please contact Philip Pocock or Jenna Wald on 01235 862888.