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 sarah.payne@adkin.co.uk

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:

HAY

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)

 STRAW

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.

Vacancy – Client Account Manager & Administrator

CLIENT ACCOUNT MANAGER & ADMINISTRATOR

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.

We have a team of qualified rural surveyors and support staff and due to an ever increasing workload, an opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a new Client Account Manager and Administrator. The successful applicant will have a relevant accounting qualification, experience with computerised accounting systems and excellent knowledge of all Microsoft applications. Roles will include overseeing the Client Accounting function together with certain administrative tasks. A working knowledge of Farmplan would be preferred but is not essential.

We are looking for someone with a flexible approach who is hardworking and self-motivated with an ability to work accurately with figures and meticulous attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential together with the confidence and ability to work alone or as part of a team.

This is an opportunity to join a highly respected, friendly and dynamic team with an interesting and varied workload. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

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 sarah.payne@adkin.co.uk

All applications and enquires will be treated in strictest confidence.

Closing date for applications: Monday 1 February 2016

 

 

 

The Worshipful Company of Farmers

Julian Sayers was recently elected as the Junior Warden for The Worshipful Company of Farmers, a role he is looking forward to fulfilling over the course of the next twelve months as he helps to promote the agricultural industry within the City.

 

Farming and Property Bulletin – December 2015

Basic Payment Scheme – English Entitlement Values

The Rural Payments Agency has announced BPS entitlement values for 2015. The estimated payment in the Lowland region falls by 7.3% compared to the 2014 rate under SPS.

The table below shows the published rates and the actual payments that farmers will receive. This is based on the 2015 conversation rate of €1 = £0.73129. The net payments shown are after Financial Discipline at 1.393%.

GROSS PAYMENTS

(€ PER HA)

NET BPS PAYMENTS

(£ PER HA)

2015 Standard 2015 Greening 2015 Total 2015
Lowland €171.83 €76.19 €248.02 £178.85
SDA Non-Moorland €170.60 €75.64 €246.24 £177.57
Moorland €45.07 €19.99 €65.06 £46.92

NFU Bulletin – December 2015

BPS 2015 Entitlement Values & Greening Payment Announced

 The RPA has confirmed the BPS 2015 entitlement values and Greening payment this week. 

BPS 2015 Entitlement Values – €171.83 Non-SDA, €170.60 SDA Non-Moorland and €45.07 SDA Moorland.

Greening Payment – This is an additional payment over and above the BPS entitlement value. €76.19 for non SDA, €75.64 SDA Non-Moorland and €19.99 SDA Moorland.

The exchange rate was confirmed at the end of September as being €1 = £0.73129

Farming and Property Bulletin – November 2015

Basic Payment Scheme Update

The RPA is currently sending out a leaflet updating BPS claimants on their progress and what happens next. During October, the RPA were working on entitlement and land transfers submitted by RLE1 forms and will confirm with each party once this has been completed. This month the BPS payment rates are due to be announced and anyone who applied for entitlements from the National Reserve or Young Farmer Scheme will know if they have been successful. The RPA are still aiming for the majority of payments to be made by 31st December and will contact anyone who will not receive payment until after the end of January.

 

Exchange Rate for BPS Payments Set

 

The Euro exchange rate to be applied to convert euros to sterling for the purpose of the Basic Payment Scheme 2015 payments has been set.

It is the average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set throughout September 2015.  It was announced on the 30th September that it will be €1 = £73129.  This is the lowest rate since SPS 2007 when €1 = £0.69680.