Vickers and Barrass is a firm of Rural Chartered Surveyors offering a professional land agency service throughout the North East of England.
The business was established by Harry Vickers in 1973 and in September 2012 it was acquired by Darlington Farmers Auction Mart Limited to expand their range of services. TH Vickers Limited trading as Vickers and Barrass is now fronted and managed by Adam Barrass BSC (Honours in REALM, MRICS, FAAV) and Harry Vickers (BSC FRICS) who continues to work as a consultant.




On Saturday 1 October 2016 Vickers and Barrass, Chartered Surveyors, Tow Law in conjunction with Harrison and Hetherington, Farmstock Auctioneers, Carlisle conducted a Farm Dispersal sale at Simprim Farm, Coldstream on behalf of R G Russell & Company Limited. The sale followed a change in farming policy and a comprehensive selection of used and nearly new farming equipment was presented by Hugh Russell and his staff. A large crowd of local and distant buyers ensured a consistent trade for all categories.

Leading Prices

Class Lexion 630 Montana combine harvester (’12 reg) £96,000: Case CVX 1155 4WD tractor (’05) £15,000: John Deere 6910 4WD tractor £14,200: MF 135 tractor £3,650: CAT Challenger 75C £15,000: CAT TH 330B telescopic forklift (’04) £13,300: CAT TH 62 AG telehandler £6,200: JCB tracked digger £4,100: Vaderstad Rapid A400 S £13,000: Vaderstad 500 Carrier £7,200: Kuhn Vari-master 123 five furrow reversible plough £11,500: Atlas 2500 (Airtec) £7,200: Cultipress 3.3m £6,300: Welger RP520 Baler £7,600: Murray bale handler £1,875: Amazone ZA-M 1500 fertiliser spreader £2,450: Vaderstad folding Cambridge rollers £1,800: KRM front mounted packer roller £1,800: Mercedes Benz Unimog, PAM 408M £2,000: Artic trailer £1,500: Tipping grain trailer £1,450

Additional Items

JD7810 Tractor-R479 BNH £12,500: JCB Loadall R712JCU £9000: Marshall 12T Grain Trailer £4,150: Tri axle trailer £1,700: 10t Marshall trailer £1,500: 7.5m Vaderstad rollers £1,350: Lemken 4fr Rev Plough £1,400


Up until now we had only received confirmation for funding for agreements signed before 23 November 2016. We now have confirmation that there will be funding for Rural Development agreements after 23rd November up until the point that Brexit takes effect. Where these agreements run beyond the exit from the EU the required funding will be met by the government. This means that funding will be made available for Countryside Stewardship agreements with a start date of 1st January 2017.


Vickers and Barrass were pleased to see Laura graduate (via live stream in the office) from Harper Adams University with a 2:1 degree in BScHons Rural Enterprise and Land Management on Friday 30th September. The Graduation of the Class of 2016 was made more special for Harper Adams through receiving the highest placing modern university in the Sunday Times University Guide the day of graduation.



From week commencing 12 September the RPA have started to make FDM reimbursement payments. FDM was collected from 2014 SPS payments and a reimbursement will be made to those whose BPS 2015 claim value is in excess of 2,000 euros. The criteria for deducting FDM originally from 2014 SPS payments is different to the criteria for reimbursing it. This means farmers who didn’t have it deducted originally could still qualify for a reimbursement payment. The RPA will be sending a remittance advice which will clearly show the payment is for a FDM reimbursement.
If you are in doubt please contact the Tow Law office.


DEFRA are making changes to temporary holding numbers (CPH). You don’t need to do anything unless you receive a letter from British Cattle Movement Service. The BCMS are making changes to simplify the rules on reporting livestock movements and some farmers will be able to simplify how their farms are registered. This may reduce the number of livestock movement reports they need to submit. A new 10 mile rule has been introduced which means you will be able to apply to register under the same CPH number all of the land you use within a 10 mile radius. This will cover land that you use permanently or on a temporary basis. All land covered by a single CPH whether permanently or temporary will be treated as part of that CPH for disease testing and restriction purposes. The BCMS are hoping this will significantly reduce the amount of work involved in movement reporting and recording. To merge your CPH numbers you will be asked for the CPH number you wish to merge, the type of livestock you keep, the length and type of tenure (owned or leased). For further information and guidance please see


If you registered your waste exemptions in 2013 you must now re register with the Environment Agency to avoid risking a hefty fine.

The (EA) is expecting to receive approximately 70,000 farmers to apply on line to either re-new their application or apply for a new licence. These waste exemptions allow you to handle small quantities of a low risk material and dispose of these on your land. The EA should have written to you recently to let you know your licence will be expiring soon. There are 26 exemptions that can be applied for and these must be registered to a specific place.  This licence can be for your own farm and the outlying land managed as part of your farming unit.

If you need to re-apply or for any further help please contact Pat at the Tow Law office.


Natural England have not yet confirmed the dates for Mid or Higher Tier applications but are hopeful the 2017 round will be based on similar dates they set for 2016.

In March this year the application period opened and will close at the end of this month and the applications will be ranked, scored and selected in October. Agreements will be offered to applicants between October and November.  Agreements which are either accepted or rejected must be submitted to Natural England by 15 December for a 1 January 2017 start date.

The new Hedgerow and Boundary applications are expected to be rolled out in February next year. Vickers and Barrass were very successful in the last round and obtained approximately £60,000 of grant aid funding for clients from Natural England for walling and hedgerows. If you have an Entry Level Stewardship Agreement which has or is expiring this year and you are interested in applying for the Hedgerow & Boundaries grant please contact Pat at the Tow Law Office.

DEFRA have confirmed that all EU subsidies will be paid until 2020; however Vickers and Barrass are unsure how this will affect any schemes offered by Natural England. The new Higher and Mid-Tier schemes run for 10 and 5 years respectfully which would take any agreement holder passed 2020. We have put this question to Natural England and they have said they have not received any guidance and are waiting for further information.


Vickers & Barrass were recently appointed as sole agents for this impressive Grade II listed 6 bedroomed farmhouse situated in a prime location in Northumberland.  Highlaws Farm is a renowned mixed stock and arable farm consisting of approximately 121.10 hectares (299.24 acres) of productive pasture and arable land together with 4.04 hectares of woodland all in a ring fence.  The farm also benefits from a good range of traditional and modern outbuildings.

For more information please visit our website or telephone Adam Barrass on 07796 306404.


Jointly favoured with instructions from R G Russell & Company Limited

Vickers and Barrass

Chartered Surveyors

in conjunction with

Harrison & Hetherington

Farmstock Auctioneers, Brokers & Valuers

Will offer for sale by auction, due to a change in farming policy, on

SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2016 at 11 am


A comprehensive selection of agricultural machinery and farming equipment to include


For full inventory and pictures please click here

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