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.

LATEST NEWS

WINTER CATTLE HOUSING AVAILABLE

Winter cattle housing available for approximately 30 head of cattle on a bed and breakfast basis. Matfen area, Northumberland. More numbers can be accommodated in due course or as required.

All silage, straw bedding and labour provided.

Contact Adam Barrass for more information.

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP APPLICATIONS

July marks the start of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) application window.  Applications must be submitted by the end of September 2015 for a start date of 1 January 2016.  Detailed information regarding the scheme requirements are yet to be finalised and are subject to change.

MIDDLE TIER APPLICATIONS

This scheme is open to all ELS agreement holders who have agreements which expire this year, the new scheme is competitive and all applications will be scored by Natural England.  Successful applications will be informed by mid-November for a start date of 1 January 2016.  Natural England wants to address widespread environmental issues such as water pollution, improving the farmed environment for farmland birds and wild pollinators.  Wild Pollinator and Farm Wildlife Packages applied to the land need to cover between 3 – 5 % of your holding.

A list of options can be found at https://www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants.  You can find which options are available, payment rates, double funding issues and basic management of the prescriptions.  The new prescriptions seem more stringent than those under Environmental Stewardship.  Natural England are more focused on keeping records and producing evidence  for some of the new prescriptions and this evidence will need to be submitted with the annual claim form.

All agreement holders with Environmental Stewardship Agreements that expire up to 31 December 2015 are encouraged to apply for a Countryside Stewardship application well in advance of 30 September 2015.  Agreements expiring during 2016 will be eligible to apply when Natural England open their application window which is anticipated to be early in 2016.  Agreement holders are reminded this is a discretionary scheme with no guarantees that any application will be successful as funding remains limited.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP ANNUAL CLAIMS - SUBMISSION DEADLINE

13 April 2015

The deadline for the new annual claim submission for Environmental Stewardship has been extended to 15 June 2015.  We are awaiting confirmation from DEFRA/RPA about the wording on the declarations that states someone has checked their land on Rural Payments and will provide a further update on this website as soon as more is known.

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME LATEST NEWS

Important update on your 2015 Basic Payment Scheme Application

Further clarification has been provided by the RPA about where pre-populated BP5 forms will be emailed.  A pre-populated BP5 form should automatically be emailed for any farmer who claimed SPS in 2013 or 2014 and has at least 5 hectares of eligible land.

The form will be emailed to the person who has "submit" BPs claims permission for the farming business on the Rural Payments system.  If there is more than one person associated with the business who has the "submit" permission then a copy of the pre-populated BP5 will be emailed to each person.

Where a Firm of Agents has been set up on the Rural Payments system, the BP5 form should be emailed to the email address held for that Firm.  If however a Firm of Agents has not been set up, a copy of the BP5 form will be emailed to each agent who has "submit" BPS claims permission.

The email addressess used will be those that were held on the system as of close of play on Saturday 11 April 2015 so any amendments now made to emails on Rural Payments will have no effect on where the pre-populated BP5 is sent.

RPA have confirmed that the deadline for submission of Basic Payment is 15 June 2015. 

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY SHOW

The Northumbland County Show will be held on 25 May 2015 at the Bywell Estate and we are all hoping it will by 'dry' this year.  Vickers and Barrass are sponsoring the Young Sheep Handlers and the Supreme Pedigree Beef Champion.   

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COMMON LAND POLICY UPDATE

See below for the Common Land Policy update link for significant sums of money to be reclaimed. 

BPS-commons-policy-statement.pdf

COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY FEBRUARY 2015 UPATE ON AVAILABLE SCHEMES

There is a new Common Argicultural Policy booklet which can be found by clicking the link below.  This has all of the lastest information which DEFRA has produced.


The new Common Agricultural Policy schemes in England: February 2015 update

THE BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME IN ENGLAND 2015
Please see the attached link.  This guidance explains the rules of the new scheme including who can claim, information on eligibility and what you can grow and do on your land.

The Basic Payment Scheme in England 2015
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