2020 entitlement trading overview 

Despite the many challenges the start of this year has thrown at us, we have sold a respectable number of entitlements and have seen a continuous stream of enquiries to buy and sell throughout the trading window. 

We started off trading at £125/Ha for English NON-SDA Entitlements, which held steady for a good few weeks, but the market gradually dropped down to £110 – £115/Ha and less for larger blocks. 

If you are looking to sell or buy entitlements, please give the office a call so we can add you to our register for the 2021 trading window.

For more information how the Rostons team can help, call 01829 773000 or email info@rostons.co.uk

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Dispersal sales 

2020 has seen a number of farm dispersal sales held by Rostons, starting with a hugely successful sale close to Wrexham in early January, where it was great to see so many faces, some of which had clearly travelled a long way!

We had other successful sales including a Collective sale at Dutton with a magnificent range of all types of plant and machinery and then we enjoyed a traditional farm dispersal sale close to Tarporley in March.

Whilst there was an active calendar moving through April and May planned, sales have been put on hold due to the Covid-19 restrictions. 

We are now looking at alternative possibilities such as online timed auctions or as soon as possible, the return to traditional farm sales, provided social distancing is adhered to by the buyers. 

If you are considering an auction or sale then please contact Andrew Wallace. 

For more information how the Rostons team can help, call 01829 773000 or email info@rostons.co.uk

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Compensation

Rostons fight for your rights

Despite the current situation, we have seen a resurgence in Utilities and Public Works has led to more involvement for clients of the Rostons Team.

Compensation is always payable where damage and loss are caused by any third party taking access to land which you occupy, invariably this access is taken by the Utilities, such as gas, electric, water, but can be private sewage connections, private Rights of Way and a number of other such activities, we are also seeing increased use of Compulsory Purchase powers for new infrastructure projects, from footpath widening to new road and rail projects.

Recent new instructions include access by water and electricity companies for maintenance and emergency repairs and the resulting loss of crop, drainage issues arising from blocked highways drains on the M6 and a tenant who’s land is being compulsory acquired for a new footpath and cycleway. 

If you believe you are affected by any schemes where compensation is likely to be payable, then please contact the Rostons Team for advice. Invariably fees are paid for by the acquiring authority, so our advice and assistance do not cost you anything!

For more information how the Rostons team can help, call 01829 773000 or email info@rostons.co.uk

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Four funding focus points

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Update – Claims for round 2 applications now must be submitted by Midnight 31st July 2020. Round 3 is likely to be pushed back from this Autumn to early 2021.

Improving Farm Productivity Grants and Growth Program Grants – not open to new applications. But the RPA is issuing deadline extensions for those who are mid-project. Be realistic, one longer extension will be eyed more favorably than multiple smaller ones. Remember – you can submit early. 

Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants – available with management options or as a standalone agreement. These cover items such as renewing concrete yards, cow trackways, and stock proof fencing. Ensure you order a pack by 31st May and submit applications by 31st July 2020. Agreements (and works) will commence in January 2021. 

Countryside Stewardship Payments for 2019 – the RPA will issue bridging payments of 75% of 2019 claims to all eligible parties in May. 

Countryside stewardship in a nutshell: 

Applications enter land into a 5-year agreement beginning on 1st January 2021. Owner-occupiers, landlords, and tenants can all apply but only one agreement can cover each land parcel. Not all land must be entered into an application. Wildlife Offers are the simplest type of agreement requiring the Applicant to select just 3 management options. If you enter into ANY agreement you will not be able to cut non-roadside hedges every year, they can be cut one year in 2/3 depending. If you can comply with this consider: 

Are you an intensive farmer. Do you need every acre for silage and slurry?

Are there any unproductive areas that do not receive fertiliser or areas that could be planted with bird mix or wildflowers to receive £200+ / acre per annum or left as uncut grass?

Are you next to a watercourse or have ponds and ditches on land which could have buffers?

Are you interested in capital grants for fencing, replacement concreting, hedging etc? This will have to be completed between 2021-2023 with payment made and then the grant claimed back

For more information how the Rostons team can help, call 01829 773000 or email info@rostons.co.uk

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