Barbers Rural News

  • Badger cull plans quashed by High Court

    13th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    Following on from our recent blogs we can report that the Royal Courts of Justice in London have announced that the Badger Trust has won its appeal against the High Court's refusal to grant a judicial review on badger culling.

    The next step for the Welsh Assembly is not yet clear but the announcement is likely to cause further delays as Ministers could now be forced to undergo a full legal review of the policy before it can begin culling.

    Elin Jones, Minister for rural affairs...

  • Newport Show a huge success!

    13th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    We had a wonderful day at Newport Show on Saturday.  It was lovely to see so many friends and clients on our stand and great to be so close to the livestock judging.  The weather helped enourmously and I understand that there was a record number of visitors to the show.  The Committee had worked really hard to put on a memorable day and had certainly succeeded.

    (Just for the record, and for those who follow our blog, Jonesy wore a tie!).

  • Vets back badger cull strategy.

    7th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    We are following with interest the developments in the badger cull debate and are interested to hear that the British Veterinary Association has reiterated its support for the Welsh Assembly Government's bovine TB badger cull.  Professor Bill Reilly, association president, also praised the Assembly's lead on companion animal health and welfare issues.  He said the BVA, and its 12,000 members, did not support a cull for political reasons, but because of the scientific understanding of TB and...

  • Bring your little creative stars to see us at Newport Show!

    7th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    Only a few days to go until Newport Show.  We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone onto our stand (P113). It will be down by the cattle lines so we can't be missed.  Why not call in for a drink and some refreshments?  All the team from Barbers Rural and Barbers Auctions will be there and will be delighted to see you.

    Why not bring the children with you?  We are running a colouring competition so they will be entertained whilst you have a drink and a chat!  Entries are...

  • Longley Farm reduced to £610k.

    7th JulyPosted by Annabel Fearnall

    This enchanting small holding, located in the heart of the stunning North Shropshire countryside, has recently been reduced to £610,000.  Approached via a tree lined drive, the house is surrounded by nearly 15 acres of ring fenced pasture land.  The property has extensive traditional outbuildings including shippon, workshop, double car port, tractor shed and hay/storage barns.

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  • HSE report increase in farming related fatal accidents.

    1st JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    The Health & Satefy Executive has revealed that farming related fatal accidents rose by 50% on Uk farms last year.

    There were 38 deaths in farming in the year to April 2010, up from 25 the previous year.  This compared with 151 deaths across all industries which was a fall of 27 on the previous year.  There were also a considerable number of injuries.

    The HSE has recently conducted it 'Make the Promise. Come home safe' campaign.  HSE chairman, Judith Hackitt, said that...

  • Visit to Highgrove House and Home Farm most interesting.

    1st JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

    The Centenary Conference of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers was held last week just outside Cirencester.  This year the conference visit was to the Home Farm on the Highgrove Estate and to the gardens at Highgrove House.  The Home Farm is entirely organic and takes the opportunity to trial a wide variety of organic production methods.  It was a most interesting visit, not least of all to hear more from the Farm Manager about the management of the Ayreshire herd.  The output...

  • Data on 13,000 dairy farmers is missing!

    1st JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    The names, addresses, quota details, transaction reference numbers, and in some cases phone numbers, of every DairyCo levy-payer (totally approx 13,000 farmers) which were held on a laptop has been stolen when theives broke in to the car of DairyCo member of staff on June 9th.

    The police have been alerted but the laptop has not been retrieved.  The car was not parted at the DairyCo offices and it is thought that the theives were opportunisitc rather than targeting the company.


  • Wynnstay Group report strong performance to April 30th.

    28th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    The Wynnstay Group has reported a strong performance in the six months to April 30th.  Revenues were up 2% to £120.34m, with the agricultural supplies businesses contributing £87.65m and specialist retailing business contributing £32.56m.

    Operating profit was up 8% to £3.74m and pre-tax profit up 12% to £3.55m.

    The Wynnstay Group bought local agricultural merchants, Griffiths & Simpson, about 15 years ago.  G&S were based in Market Drayton (at the top of Pheonix Bank)...

  • Budget changes unlikely to alter land prices.

    28th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    According to land agents, the budget changes are unlikely to stall the increase in the price of farm land.  The latest results of the Knight Frank Farmland Index show that English farmland values rose by 6.9% in the second quarter of 2010 which takes growth over the last 12 months to 19.7%.  The average price of farm land is now £5,769/acre (£14,250/ha) - the index's highest recorded level.

    However this average does nothing to illustrate the vast differences in the price of individual...