BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME – ARE YOU READY?

 

14th August 2014 saw the RPA release further guidelines on the new Basic Payment Scheme and how Greening works in practice.

This has given us further information to assist with advising farmers and landowners in deciding cropping for the 2015 harvest. The rules have still all not been finalised but we have enough information now to provide useful and informative guidance on what will be required of BPS claimants.

One major point the RPA have made clear in recent weeks is the elimination of paper forms, all applicants will be required to make their application on line and will be required to go through a new registration process for the new IT systems being put in place.

Anyone considering using stubble turnips towards there greening requirements will need to re think plans as this will not count towards the cover crop option, instead a mix of two crops, a cereal and legume will be needed. We also have dates on the period required for fallow which will have an effect for anyone trying to use any game cover areas as fallow.

If you would like any help of further information with the online process, registration or greening requirements you may face please contact one of the team at Madeleys on 01952 727007, Paul, Angela and Chris will be more than happy to help.

Warning Over Changes For Subsidy Scheme For Farmers

Angela Cantrill
Farmers could lose a large slice of their agricultural subsidies if they don’t meet new CAP regulations.

In January next year the current Single Payment Scheme will be replaced with the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

As part of the new scheme, there will be new ‘greening’ rules which applicants must follow in order to be eligible for a greening payment which is worth 30 per cent of the total BPS payment.

But many farmers are still unaware the greening requirement is not optional, Angela Cantrill, senior surveyor at Much Wenlock-based Madeleys Chartered Surveyors said.

And they potentially risk losing part or even all of their greening allowance if they don’t comply.

The new direct BPS payment will be made up of a basic payment and the 30 per cent payment for greening – which recognises the contribution of farms to the environment. Greening will be applicable to most farmers, although there are certain exemptions.

Under the rules, applicants must ensure five per cent of their land is set aside for environmental purposes.

Mrs Cantrill, who is a qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, .said: “The changes to the Basic Payment Scheme are being introduced at the beginning of next year and as part of the BPS there will be new greening rules.

“We want to make claimants aware that the new greening rules are compulsory.

“Applicants to the Basic Payment Scheme need to comply with these new greening arrangements and the requirements of the Basic Payment or they potentially risk missing out on part or all of their greening and basic payment.

“It is important that anyone wanting to claim BPS should start thinking about the greening rules now just in case they need to change anything.

“We understand that the changes can often cause confusion, but we are keen to make applicants aware the greening rules are not optional or they could really lose out and that is something we don’t want to see happen.

“We can provide any advice needed with regards to the Basic Payment Scheme to ensure applicants are fully informed about what they need to do.”

There will be three greening rules which cover permanent grassland, crop diversification and ecological focus areas, added Mrs Cantrill.

“Anyone wanting any information or advice can call us for a chat on 01952 727007, visit our office in Much Wenlock’s High Street.

Madeleys Gearing up for the Show Season

Paul Preparing for Shows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff at Madeleys Chartered Surveyors in Much Wenlock are gearing up for their debut show season – with Newport first on the list.

Showgoers will have the opportunity to ask the Madeleys team any questions they may have about renewable energy schemes, planning, property, estate management and rural business matters.

The team of specialists from Madeleys will first be offering their free advice at Newport Show on July 12 at Chetwynd Deer Park before exhibiting at the award-winning Burwarton Show on August 7 at Burwarton, Bridgnorth.

Paul Madeley, director, said: “We have all visited Shropshire’s agricultural shows in various guises in the past, but we have never actually exhibited as a company before so it’s new territory for us.

“Agricultural shows are an integral part of the farming community and we are very much looking forward to meeting people from all over the county and beyond.

“Running a farming business nowadays is not only hard work but also ever more complicated, with an array of issues now affecting farmers, rural landowners and rural businesses.

“It will be interesting to talk to farmers and rural business owners about how things are going for them, and hopefully we can give some useful advice and information to help them make the most of the opportunities that are out there.”

Mr Madeley said people were often unaware of the various financial incentives which were available to rural businesses.

He added: “We will be attending the show with plenty of examples of how people have successfully applied for grants and used them to expand their business.

“We have case studies of renewable energy schemes, such as biomass boilers, that have been funded through schemes like the Renewable Heat Incentive, and we’ll be happy to give people advice on any potential developments they might be considering.”

Mr Madeley said they were looking forward to supporting fellow Much Wenlock businessman Paddy Ryan by offering some of his products, including his famous pork pies, on the stand during the shows and a gift voucher for the butchers would also be on offer as part of the prize draw.

“We know for some the agricultural shows, which are now so much more than that too, are an important day out for those who dedicate so much of their time to their job.

“We hope they enjoy the shows and we look forward to meeting clients past and present,” he added.

For more information, contact Madeleys Chartered Surveyors on 01952 727007, visit www.madeleys.co.uk; email enquiries@madeleys.co.uk or visit the office in High Street, Much Wenlock.

Expert advises shoot season planning to start now

Gamekeepers and estate managers may deserve a rest now the shooting season has ended, but experts say now is the time to start planning for next year.

 With CAP reforms due to be introduced in 2015, it is more important than ever to plan your shoot alongside the rest of the farming business, according to specialists at Madeleys Chartered Surveyors in Much Wenlock.

 Farmers and landowners will have to meet specific ‘Greening’ requirements to be able to claim their Basic Payment with the new Common Agricultural Policy coming in next year.

 But Chris Powell, a former gamekeeper who now works for Madeleys Chartered Surveyors, said the new rules should be seen as an opportunity rather than a problem.

 “Farmers will have to meet these ‘Greening’ requirements as part of the CAP reforms, and they can be a real opportunity to improve your shooting estate,” he said.

 “With good planning, you can meet the new criteria and improve your shoot at the same time by introducing more buffer strips around fields and creating woodland areas in the right places.”

 Mr Powell said even without the added complication of the CAP reforms, forward planning was essential to make the most out of the shoot season.

 “You need to plan everything as far in advance as you can,” he added. “One of the most important things to decide is how many shoot days you are going to have, as that effects everything, from how many birds you will need to the type of cover crops you will want.

 “Gamekeepers and shoot owners should work in partnership with the landowner because the area and type of cover crops will need to be planned in with the whole crop system, otherwise the shoot won’t be as successful as it can be.”

 The breeding season starts in earnest next month, with the first hatches due in mid-April. Birds are then on the rearing fields and released from June-July to make sure they are mature enough for the start of the season – 1 September for partridge and wildfowl, and 1 October for pheasant.

 Mr Powell added: “The start of the season may seem like a long way away but the preparations have to be set in motion early on in the year, otherwise you’re playing catch-up.“You could say planning is everything.”

 For more advice about estate and shoot management, contact Madeleys on 01952 727007,  or follow @MadeleysCS on Twitter.

GRASS KEEP TO LET


TO LET

26 acres (or thereabouts) of grass keep to let from 1st April 2014 to 31sT October 2014

Situation
The land which formerly formed part of Powkesmore Holding is situated on the outskirts of the village of Ditton Priors just off Ashfield Lane.

Description
A unique block of level pastureland in two parcels . The land is entered into a Higher Level Stewardship scheme further details of which can be obtained from the agents.

The land is offered to let for taking a hay crop and/or grazing only for sheep or cattle. The existing species rich swards are capable a producing superb hay crops.

The maximum stocking density that is permitted over the land is 1.5 livestock units. The whole of the land offered extends to approximately 26.30 acres (10.65 hectares) as contained in the following schedule:-

OS Number Hectares Acres Description ELS/HLS option
5404 4.04 9.98 Permanent pasture HK6
0701 2.28 5.63 Permanent pasture HK6
1492 1.01 2.49 Permanent pasture HK6
1487 0.19 0.47 Permanent pasture HK6
1504 1.88 4.64 Permanent pasture EK3
2101 0.65 1.61 Permanent pasture EK3
2999 0.60 1.48 Permanent pasture EK3
  10.65 26.30    

Method of Letting
The land is offered as grass keep for the period of 1st April 2014 to October 2014. All expressions of interest are to be made to the Agent. A grazing licence will be entered into with the Licensor, with the Licence fee being payable in advance at the commencement of the agreement.

Single Farm Payment
The successful Licencee will not be entitled to claim Single Farm Payment on the land, however the Licencee will need to comply with all cross compliance rules.

 Water
A water supply is available to the land. The charge for this water this water will be a standing charge payable to the Licensor (to be agreed).

Higher Level/Entry Level Scheme
All of the land offered for let is entered into a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme as per the land schedule.

For further information please contact Angela Cantrill MRICS FAAV 01952 727007 or 07795 441932

£10 Million made available for Rural Businesses

The FFIS (Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme) was opened for round 3 of applications on the 4th February 2014.

FFIS is a grant available to farming businesses, contractors, foresters and horticultural businesses to help them become more efficient at using resources. With £35,000 available per business and a minimum of £2,500 per successful applicant the grant can be a real lifeline to support expanding/developing businesses.

There are five themes which applications can come under;

  • Reducing energy usage
  • Improve the management of manures and farm nutrients
  • Improve water resource management
  • Improve animal health and welfare
  • Improve the use of forestry resources

There many investment opportunities that most businesses may have thought of but simply cannot warrant the financial outlay at this current time. The grant is aimed to help with capital expenditure and installation costs.

The grant can help fund many different projects under the five themes; with heat recovery systems and electricity efficiency devices being available under the energy theme; slurry separators and application equipment to soil mapping software under the nutrient management theme; rain water harvesting and water recycling in water resource management; in forest and forestry yard based equipment in the forestry theme and the animal welfare theme offering funding to help with everything from mobile handling equipment and crushes to electronic EID readers, incinerators and nipple drinkers for broiler units.

The applications are going to be assessed on a first come first served basis so early application is a must. Even tenant farmers are eligible for building/equipment improvements as long there are 6 years remaining on the tenancy.

The application can be quite complicated and time consuming so we recommend that you engage a professional like Madeleys Chartered Surveyors to help with the application and increase the chances of success. They will not only be able to assist with the application but advise on the works and any issues such as planning. These can then be dealt with quickly and effectively ensuring the whole process is done correctly, in a timely manner and cost effective.

Entitlements for sale

 

TYPE

QUANTITY

PRICE   £/HA

Non – SDA

34.64

Offers

Non – SDA

8.96

Offers – No VAT

Non – SDA

6.58

Offers

Non – SDA

4.34

Offers

Non – SDA

5.00

Offers

SDA

1.08

Offers

Moorland

1.47

Offers

 

(Subject to Contract, issue by RPA of 2013 Entitlement Statement (or equivalent) and Vendor’s Approval)

The 2013 Annual payment ( before modulation) for Non SDA was £270.86/Ha and for SDA £217.62

We also have buyers waiting, so if you have entitlements to sell please contact us.