Barbers Rural News

  • 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...

  • Bees could help boost crop production.

    17th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Bees are often underestimated, but apiculture experts warn that if farmers don't take care of them, they could end up being stung.

    Experts report that there are three types of bee and they all play a vital role in pollunating many crops, particularly fruit, so having hives on a farm can act as an 'insurance policy'.

    Speak at a CLA event recently, bee expert Clive de Bruyn explained how bee-keepers and farmers could work together as the role bees play in pollinating fruit crops...

  • Farm wage to rise by 2.8%.

    17th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Under proposals made by the Agricultural Wages Board, the standard farm wage will increase by nearly 3% in England and Wales.  Following negotiations in Northanmptonshire, the board recommended that the minimum hourly pay for Grade 2 standard rate should increase by 2.8% from October 1st.  This will see the grade rise from £6.40 to £6.58 per hour.  Higher grades are recommended to increase by the same percentage, while the Grade 1 minimum rate is proposed to rise by 2.4% to £5.95 per hour....

  • Reaseheath College (Nantwich, Cheshire) opens new dairy technology training centre.

    14th JunePosted by Mike Taylor

    Reaseheath College (Nantwich, Cheshire) has opened a new dairy technology centre which has been hailed as the 'start of a new era for the industry' by Dairy UK.  The Eden International Dairy Academy at Reaseheath College is the produce of collaboration of Dairy UK, dairy companies including Aria Foods UK, Robert Wiseman Dairies, First Milk, Milk Link, Muller Dairy and Dairy Crest, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing and Reaseheath College.


    The new...