Barbers Rural News

  • Land prices in Shropshire reach nearly £8k/acre!

    23rd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Last night's auction saw land prices in Shropshire reach nearly £8,000 per acre.  The 42.5 acres of land, just outside Burleydam, Whitchurch,  sold for a staggering £340.000 which was £100,000 more than the guide price.

    Auctioneer, Mike Taylor, said he was delighted with the sale.  He reported that there had been considerable interest in the land and that bidding on the night had been fierce to the end.

    This is the second Barbers Rural auction in just over a month where...

  • Newport Show only 3 weeks away!

    22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Let's hope that this glorious weather continues until 10th July when we are all looking forward to an exciting day out at Newport Show.  We have a newly positioned stand (P113) down by the cattle lines.  All the team from Barbers Rural and Barbers Auctions will be there so please do come along, have some refreshments and say hello.  We are running a colouring competition for children (Best Dressed Cow) so why not bring them along and give yourself a break...

  • Mike to vist Highgrove House!

    22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Mike Taylor, Senior Partner of Barbers Rural, will be visiting Highgrove House and Estate this week whilst attending the Annual Conference of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).  The two day event is being held in the Centenary Year of the CAAV and is a great opportunity to ensure that, as a firm, we are totally up to date with legislation and lobbying on behalf of the farming community. 

    The Annual Conference is being hosted this year by the Gloucestershire and...

  • Government announce CGT to increase for higher-rate tax payers

    22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    George Osbourne has announced in his emergency budget today that Capital Gains Tax will be increased to 28% for higher-rate tax payers from midnight tonight.  However CGT will remain at 18% for lower rate tax payers.  The CGT exempt amount remains at £10,000 for this year.

    VAT is to rise to 20% in January next year and child benefit will be removed from families earning more than £40,000 per year.


  • Sainsbury's plan to try to stabilise lamb price

    22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Sainbury's plans to try to 'ring-fence' its lamb producers by setting up a dedicated supply scheme if it is to deliver price stability in the lamb sector.  Sainsburys has already set up a dairy development group (see our blog post 27 May). 

    Agricultural technologist at Sainsbury's, Alice Swift, says that the dairy development group was set up three years ago and is held in high regard in the supermarket business.  She went on to say that the...

  • Best and final offers invited for Spring Hill Farm, Stoke Heath.

    18th JunePosted by Annabel Fearnall

    This delightful smallholding in a most attractive corner of the North Shropshire countryside has only been on the market for a short time but has created considerable interest from near and far.  So much so that we now invite potential purchasers to put forward best and final offers by midday on Friday 25th June 2010.  For more information ring Annabel Fearnall on 01630 692500.

    To find out more about Spring Hill Farm....

  • Land for sale at Wollerton, Market Drayton. Guide price £75,000

    18th JunePosted by Annabel Fearnall

    We are pleased to offer for sale 9.5 acres (3.84 Ha) of permanent pasture at Wood Lane, Wollerton, Market Drayton, Shropshire.  The land is level with mature hedgerows and some post and wire fencing.  Suitable for the grazing of stock or for equestrian purposes, the land is accessed from a quiet country lane which gives good access to a network of similar country lanes ideal for the exercising of horses.

    The neaby village of Hodnet offers a basic range of amenities with the towns of...

  • Prime agricultural land at Knightley (Stafford) on market - guide price £1.5m

    18th JunePosted by Annabel Fearnall

    We have recently taken instructions to sell 214.17 acres (86.67 Ha) of prime agricultural land with excellent road frontage at Knightley, Woodseaves, Stafford.  The land is offered for sales in two main blocks: lot one is 60.37 acres and lot two is 146.51 acres which includes 1.37 acres of woodland.  The guide price is offers in excess of £1.5m.

    This is a rare opportunity to purchase a substantial area of prime agricultural land in a sought after Staffordshire location.  The land has...

  • Staffordshire Farmers walk in wellies!

    17th JunePosted by Dan Bowden

    40 Staffordshire Young Farmers have completed their 'Welly Wander' raising £1,000.  The 10-mile hike across Cannock Chase was organised by the UEC Committee, made up of more than 30 members of the Federation aged 17 or under.  Walking in three groups, the hikers weathered temperatures of more than 27 degrees.  The money will be shared between the group's own Athletics Day and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Fund.


  • Badger cull still on the agenda for West Wales.

    17th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Elin Jones, Wales' rural affairs minister, has said that she is willing to sacrifice her seat at the next election rather than back down on her plan to implement a pilot badger cull in west Wales.

    Approximately £100m has been paid in compensation over the last 10 years to farmers affected by bovine TB.  Ms Jones said painstaking word had gone into developing the programme and no political propaganda would force her to change her position.  She told the Farmers Union of Wales AGM...