Barbers Rural News

  • 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...

  • 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...