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Your right to compensation

Your right to compensation

February 2017

Recently we have been hearing a lot about new schemes such as Hinkley C, HS2, Heathrow's 3rd runway and improvements to the A303 and A358; all of which are going to affect homes, land and businesses located around their sites. Meanwhile in the background the government has been making changes to the ways in which these and other less high profile schemes for housing and infrastructure will be dealt with by the acquiring authorities. "Their stated aims are to speed up the process of acquisition and compensation whilst making it fairer for those affected. However it will still be the objective of the acquiring authority to deliver the scheme at best value for money. It is after all, taxpayers' money that they are spending," notes Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV, surveyor with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Chance to secure £5,000 grant funding

Chance to secure £5,000 grant funding

February 2017

The Hedgerow and Boundary Grant Scheme is a standalone capital grant which is available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Applications are to be submitted by 28th April 2017 and works completed by 31st December 2018. 

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Kirsty Short

Are you in a new NVZ?

February 2017

In 2016, DEFRA carried out a review of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) and the resulting new designations for 2017-2020 were published by the Environment Agency. 

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Robert Venner

A year of continued growth at Sedgemoor market

January 2017

2016 has been another year of growth for Sedgemoor Market and I would like to thank all vendors for their continued support writes Robert Venner, Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who run the successful auction centre.

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Jeremy Bell

Greenslade Taylor Hunt saves tenant from eviction

January 2017

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has recently successfully acted for a tenant initially served with a Statutory Notice to do work of repair, maintenance or replacement on a tenanted dairy farm in Somerset let on a 1986 Act protected tenancy.

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Tom Mellor

BPS targets met

January 2017

On the 4th January 2017 the Rural Payments Agency released the extremely good news that 91% of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claimants had received their 2016 payments. Whilst this is a step in the right direction, the devil could well be in the detail. The sheer volume of problems encountered with the processing of 2015 claims was staggering, with a number of the issues ultimately rolling on in to 2016, causing a snowball effect writes Tom Mellor Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Andy Clements

2016 dairy round up

December 2016

There is no doubt that the past 12 months have been a very difficult time for the dairy industry with the milk price crashing from a great height during the latter half of 2015 writes Andy Clements, auctioneer and valuer with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who is based at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton.  The impact of this crash really started to take its toll on dairy farmers as the year 2016 commenced.  January brought with it some excellent sales to include the Hartlandview Herd from Andrew Lewis and the high yielding herd of PH Creed and Son which set the trade for the beginning of the year.

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4,000gns for ‘Red’ Cracker at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

4,000gns for ‘Red’ Cracker at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

December 2016

The annual Christmas Cracker definitely went out with a bang at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, Somerset, on Tuesday, December 13th. Terry Cox’s calved heifer ‘Normandy Lila Z Appleman Red’ - one of the only Red Lila Z’s in the country - sold for 4,000 guineas to West Park Farms of Dorset.

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2016 Champion Haltered Beast

Tenth South West Winter Fair – the best yet!

December 2016

Near record entries and good crowds heralded the 10th South West Winter Fair at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, on Monday 5th December.

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James Wotton

Reduce your slurry burden with 100% grant from Natural England

December 2016

The latest grant funding to be released from Natural England will offer a 100% grant for covering over circular slurry stores and lagoons. The Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant is aimed at dairy and beef farms with uncovered slurry stores and will fund either floating or self-supporting covers with no restriction on size.

With the application window opening in December and closing on the 31st January 2017, there is a very limited opportunity to submit a valid application. Applicants are advised to act quickly as funding will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Agricultural Surveyor James Wotton MRICS, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, comments ‘the Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant (FARG) has been launched very quietly but offers an excellent opportunity to beef and dairy farmers to cover their slurry stores at 100% of Natural England’s estimated standard cost.’

‘The FARG scheme forms part of Natural England’s recent drive for improving water quality on farms and by keeping slurry and rainwater apart, farmers will ultimately reduce their slurry burden.’

Applications will be assessed by Natural England’s farm advisors in March 2017, but works must complete before the payment deadline of July 2017.

If you are interested in applying for the FARG and would like more information and assistance, please contact a member of GTH’s Rural Professional Department on 01278 410250 (Somerset), 01884 243000 (Devon and Cornwall) or 01305 268785 (Dorset).

Brexit Update & Environment Agency Waste Exemptions

Brexit Update & Environment Agency Waste Exemptions

November 2016

GTH surveyor Robert Stone looks at the next steps for Brexit. 

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Jamie Batt

New graduate joins team at Yeovil office

September 2016

Jamie Batt has just joined the team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Yeovil office as an assistant land agent.

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Robert Stone

Brexit update and Environment Agency waste exemptions

September 2016

"With the biggest decision for a generation now made, and a new look Government in place, the dust is starting to settle," comments GTH surveyor Robert Stone.

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Graeme Biffen

Compensation for electricity pylons, cables and poles

September 2016

Electricity pylons and many poles, transformers and cables can have a negative impact upon the value of property and land. "They can be visually intrusive, give rise to certain health concerns and make the cropping and general working of agricultural fields awkward," writes Graeme Biffen, chartered surveyor with GTH.

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Support for skin cancer prevention campaign

Support for skin cancer prevention campaign

August 2016

Robert Venner, Partner at the market at Sedgemoor Livestock Centre, North Petherton, is backing a campaign to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer among farmers.

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Farm in same family for 100 years

Farm in same family for 100 years

July 2016

THE terms “rare” and “unique” are often bandied about by estate agents, but those words certainly fit the bill where Great Nurcott, Winsford, in the sought-after Exmoor National Park is concerned.

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Renowned livestock farm in excellent location

Renowned livestock farm in excellent location

July 2016

A NOTED livestock farm in a picturesque position in the heart of Exmoor National Park has just come to the market at a guide price of £2,150,000.

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Tom Mellor

Standing Straw Auctions Stronger in 2016

July 2016

GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt’s Agricultural Department at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, reported another large entry with over 3,400 acres of standing straw being offered over two evenings at their annual auctions.

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Kirsty Short

Are you missing out? Range of grants available

May 2016

Kirsty Short MRICS, surveyor with Greenslade Taylor Hunt advises ‘there are a range of rural grants and schemes available under the Rural Development Programme for England that farmers should be aware of.’ Whilst many are wary of evermore forms to fill out, Kirsty highlights below a selection that may be of interest:

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Joanna Kingman

Time to apply for Basic Payment Scheme 2016

April 2016

APPLICATIONS are now open for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) with the deadline for applications being received of midnight on Monday, May 16, 2016. This is despite a number of claimants still not having received their 2015 payment writes Joanna Kingman MRICS an Associate at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Auctioneering success

Auctioneers shine in national contest

April 2016

AGRICULTURAL surveyors Robert Baker MRICS FAAV and James Wotton BSc of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, were put through their auctioneering paces at a national contest to spot the stars of tomorrow. he National Young Show Stars event at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, was designed to showcase the livestock sector and the industry’s future talent.

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Neil Biffen

Expertise with land management

February 2016

DURING the past 40 years there have been numerous changes with land ownership writes Neil Biffen, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Langport Office. The traditional large agricultural Estates from the 18th and 19th Century were broken up for various reasons during the early part of the last century and between the wars. Many of the farms forming parts of those Estates were acquired by the then tenant farmers but as time has progressed we have seen the amalgamation of these holdings or their breaking down into smaller units then resulting in a far wider spread of ownership.

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Sally Mitchell

Firm appoints first female agricultural partner

January 2016

LONG SERVING agricultural professional Sally Mitchell MRICS has been appointed an Agricultural Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.
Dorset born and bred Sally has worked for the partnership for 21 years.

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Agricultural professional bows out

Agricultural professional bows out

December 2015

LONG SERVING Agricultural Professional, Paul Trolley, will be calling time on a long and distinguished career with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at the end of December.

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Winning combination

Dan and Little Ann take top spot at South West Winter Fair

December 2015

A TEENAGER showed the old guard how it’s done when he claimed the top prize for the Champion Haltered Beast at the South West Winter Fair at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, on Tuesday and scooped £1,000 in the process.

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Fendt tractor

An Autumn of attractive machinery sales

September 2015

AUTUMN can often feature a number of agricultural machinery auctions and 2015 looks set to be no exception to this rule.

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To claim or not to claim

To claim or not to claim

August 2015

NEW regulations come into force in October that will affect agricultural tenancies, but landlords and tenants have only one month from the launch of the new rules to make claims against the other party.

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Act now to benefit from water quality grants

Act now to benefit from water quality grants

August 2015

THE new Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) will incorporate an already successful and well received Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) Programme and continue to provide capital grants of up to £10,000 to improve water quality.

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Robert Stone

Launch of Countryside Stewardship Scheme 2015

July 2015

THE Government has released information regarding the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme which is now open for new applications until September 30th 2015.

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Andrew Clements

Is milk price affecting the current dairy cow trade

June 2015

WITH the current imbalance in the world supply and demand for liquid milk and the resulting fall in farm gate prices it is surprising that we have not seen a large number of dairy dispersals in the South West this spring.

Dairy auctioneer Andrew Clements, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, believes there are at least two main reasons for this. The first being the determined motivation of UK dairy farmers - who have invested heavily in the industry and will do their utmost to batten down the hatches and make it through these turbulent times and the other increasingly significant factor being TB.

“Through our regular contact with dairy farmers at Sedgemoor we are increasingly hearing of more and more farms being under TB restriction,” says Andrew.

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Graeme Biffen

Basic Payment Scheme applications – act now!

June 2015

FARMERS and their agents are continuing to battle with the new Basic Payment Scheme application process, not helped by last minute rule amendments, missing forms, and often contradictory answers received from the Rural Payments Agency.
With the 15th June application deadline fast approaching, Greenslade Taylor Hunt set out a few points to watch out for:

  • If you have not registered with the online part of the system, register immediately.

If you have registered, but have not yet received your pre-populated BP5 application form by email or post, contact the RPA right away. They are now only able to send forms out by paper, and this can take up to 10 days.

  • All permanent ineligible features (PIFs) must be properly mapped using an RLE1 form.
  • It is now necessary to submit separate RLE1 forms for transferring land and entitlements.
  • The correct “non-agricultural land” codes must be used for any ineligible features. They are not all NA01.
  • All pre-populated forms must be checked carefully - just because they are pre-populated, does not mean they are correct.
  • Ensure you have a full set of your current digital maps, as this will make the application easier. If you have yet to receive them, then request that a copy is emailed.
  • Do not activate a greater area than the entitlements held.
  • Check your eligible area carefully, as this will determine any greening requirement.
  • Be aware of the exemptions from greening.

For expert advice or assistance in relation to the Basic Payment Scheme, please contact a member of GTH’s Rural Professional Department at your local office -

By Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV, Associate, Rural Professional Department, Greenslade Taylor Hunt.
Graeme can be contacted on 01884 243000 or via email at

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Chance to drop in for free advice

April 2015

EXPERTS FROM Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be staging a free session for farmers and landowners regarding the Countryside Productivity Scheme at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Saturday, May 9.

The no obligation event will offer help and advice on the initiative, which is aimed at supporting improvements to on farm efficiency.

Grants are available for eligible expenditure from £2,500 to £35,000 plus. However the window for applications closes on June 30 so it is vital to act now.

The appointment free drop-in will run at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s offices at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, from 9am-12noon, on Saturday, May 9.

If you are unable to make the date or would like more information please contact Graeme Biffen on (01884) 243000 or Joanna Kingman on (01460) 238383.


Walford Cross Sale field with the Sun Shining

Only one week until largest Machinery Sale in the West Country

April 2015

The largest one day Machinery Sale in the South West takes place on 16th April 2015, where Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s team of 13 experienced auctioneers will conduct the sale of an anticipated 3,000 plus lots of Tractors, Farm Machinery, Implements and Effects.

With the sun currently shining the sale field, which is located right of the A38 between North Petherton and Taunton, is primed to stage the sale with booking in of entries taken between 9am- 4pm on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th April. The Sale field will then be open for viewing between 4pm- 7pm on the Wednesday evening and open on sale day (Thursday 16th) from 8am.

The first of the sales commences at 9am with upto five auctions running at once during the day. The Mammoth sale has taken months of planning. With a huge variety of items and the large number of lots on offer there is literally something for everyone and anybody who have not previously traded with the auctioneers are reminded to bring Photographic ID and Proof of Address in order to obtain a bidding number.

For further information please contact 01278 410250 or visit

Martyn Venner

Expertise lifts agricultural tie and assists sale

April 2015

A FORMER racing stables and associated land that had languished on the market with two separate rural agents finally found a buyer thanks to the persistence and expertise of Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The property on the Quantock Hills was subject to an agricultural occupancy condition on the planning permission, and as such had foundered on the open market.

It had much to recommend it – a well presented three bedroom detached bungalow, a traditional barn with stables, a riding arena and holding paddock – but the agricultural occupancy restriction was a stumbling block.

Many buyers are put off by the condition particularly if the property comes with a relatively small piece of land, thus making the use for agricultural purposes less viable. If they have no tie to agriculture then potential buyers are also deterred from the purchase. It thus reduces the pool of potential buyers and as a consequence has a downward effect on the likely sale price.

Martyn Venner, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “When discussing the matter with the vendor he was under the impression that he was complying with the condition as he understood it allowed equestrian use. After looking into the matter further the condition did not relate to equestrian enterprises in any shape or form and simply referred to agriculture, horticulture or forestry. Immediately alarm bells began to ring and it was then I consulted the expertise of Andrew Preston in our Development and Planning Department to take the matter forward.”

Mr Venner decided to investigate the planning history– something that neither of the two previous estate agents had considered despite the fact the property had been marketed with them for a considerable period of time.

His efforts paid off. He found that although the property was subject to an agricultural occupancy condition the vendor had not complied with that condition continually for a period in excess of 10 years.

This proved decisive. If you can prove that the condition had not been complied with continually for a period of 10 years or more you can apply to the local authority for a ‘certificate of lawfulness’, which if granted, allows you to lawfully live at the property, and you are also able to sell it on the open market unencumbered, thus releasing full market value. The certificate of lawfulness does not remove the planning condition, but remains effective for as long as the breach of the condition continues.

Mr Venner consulted Andrew Preston, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Development and Planning Department, and an expert in the area of agricultural occupancy conditions and planning. Andrew succeeded in compiling sufficient evidence to demonstrate to Sedgemoor District Council that a certificate of lawfulness should be issued in respect of the Quantock property.

With the tie unenforceable by the council it became a much more appealing prospect for buyers and the vendor was able to achieve a higher selling price.

Mr Venner soon found a buyer and a deal was struck.

Expertise is key in this area. For help in achieving a sale with what might appear a difficult to shift property please contact Martyn at the Bridgwater office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater, or phone (01278) 446220.


Graeme Biffen

Basic Payment Scheme deadline extended and online system partially scrapped

March 2015

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that most of the new online Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) system is to be temporarily abandoned, and that the application submission deadline is to be extended.

“Following on from a catalogue of system errors and delays, which have had many farmers and agents tearing their hair out, this announcement made late on Thursday, March 19 - just two months before the previous deadline - will no doubt have triggered mixed feelings of relief and frustration amongst those affected,” notes Graeme Biffen of land agent’s Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Graeme adds: “The application deadline has been extended from May 15th to Monday, June 15th, 2015, providing some much needed breathing room.”’

It should be noted that the initial basic online registration must, however, still be undertaken by all farmers wishing to make a claim. Thereafter, further clarification is due to be released in coming days to confirm the three or four possible options that will be available for actually submitting a BPS claim, which will likely vary depending on the size and complexity of an applicant’s claim.

Graeme comments: “Ffor many it will feel like stepping back in time, as they will see a return to paper application forms for a further year, with blank BP5 and RLE1 forms soon available to download, and some pre-populated BP5 forms due to be issued.”

The RPA have also identified some 39,000 claimants with “straightforward” claims who may be eligible to be fast-tracked via an email-based claim. It is understood that, in addition, the RPA are considering providing some agents with access to their core BPS online system in order to assist with more complex cases.

Further updates are to be released in coming days and weeks, and claimants are therefore urged to keep an eye on the RPA website and the farming press.

For advice or assistance in relation to the Basic Payment Scheme, please contact a member of GTH’s Agricultural Professional Department on 01884 243000 for Devon and Cornwall, or 01278 410250 for Somerset and Dorset.

Graeme Biffen

Act now to benefit from specialist grants

March 2015

As part of the wider Countryside Stewardship Scheme to be rolled out later this year, the Government has recently launched new Water and Woodland Capital Grant Schemes, which are currently open for applications.

“The Water Grant Scheme builds upon the success of the Catchment Sensitive Farming Scheme, which many readers will be familiar with, and is open to holdings within priority catchment target areas,” notes Graeme Biffen of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Professional Department.

The scheme is aimed at reducing the impact that agriculture has on water quality, and will provide grants of up to £10,000 per claimant towards a variety of capital items, with a total fund of £10 million available for the farming industry.

“Farmers and land managers are urged to consider and move on these grants before it is too late, as funding is competitive and there is a very short application window of March 2- April 30, 2015,” advises Graeme.

The scheme is being administered by Natural England and applications will be assessed based on their potential environmental benefit.

The Woodland Grant Scheme is aimed primarily at supporting the creation of new woodland, assisting with woodland management and helping to address tree health issues.

Graeme highlights: “There are a range of capital items for applicants to choose from including tree planting and protection, together with the option of maintenance payments for newly created woodland.”

Applications under this scheme must be submitted to the Forestry Commission by April 30, 2015, for woodland creation, or by June 30, 2015 for management plan and tree health applications.

For advice on your potential eligibility for these grant schemes, or assistance with applications, please contact a member of GTH’s Agricultural Professional Department on 01884 243000 for Devon and Cornwall, or 01278 410250 for Somerset and Dorset.


"CAP IS" Coming!

"CAP IS" Coming!

December 2014

Many farmers and landowners will by now have received an invitation from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to register with the new online ‘CAP Information Service’ (CAPIS).

‘For many, applying and managing their subsidy claims online has been commonplace for several years, however for those who have thus far resisted, or been unable to access online systems, the new mandatory online system may represent a leap into the unknown,’ comments Graeme Biffen of Greenslade Taylor Hunt Professional Department.

Registration through to actually submitting a claim using the CAPIS, will be a 6 stage process, with the first few stages, including basic registration and identity verification, possible to do right away. It looks likely to be the beginning of next year before it will be possible to complete the further stages, which will include checking your land and entitlements, and passing the eligibility tests.

As with most online systems, the aim of CAPIS is to make the process easier for the user, though of course the proof will inevitably be in the pudding, and undoubtedly what is indeed easier for some, will leave others perplexed and concerned about the possibility of making errors due to unfamiliarity. Graeme notes, ‘over the past few years, the Single Payment has constituted a significant proportion of many farmers’ incomes, and so it is quite understandable for claimants to be determined to ensure that errors at this stage in the process do not jeopardise or delay their payments under the new replacement scheme.’

For those farmers who are concerned about online registration, or their own particular circumstances regarding eligibility or the requirements under the new Basic Payment Scheme, help is at hand. The RPA propose to offer an “assisted” online service, and many land agents also offer advice and assistance on all aspects of the CAPIS and Basic Payment Scheme.

For assistance with any matter relating to Basic Payment Scheme please contact either Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV on (01884) 243000, email, or contact any member of the agricultural professional team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Tom Mellor MRICS

Standing straw values drop in 2014 but still hit respectable levels

July 2014

A bumper entry of over 4,200 acres of standing straw were sold over two evenings at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Agricultural Department at Sedgemoor Auction Centre.


With supply being so great, not just in the locality but also further afield, the crop values were sure to decline.


Auctioneer Tom Mellor commented after the auctions: “Whilst we have seen a drop in standing straw values across the board, the prices that were achieved are certainly respectable.”


With average prices dropping to £60/acre for winter wheat and £70/acre for winter barley, it appears that purchasers were definitely getting value for money, however the proof of this statement will only come after the crops have been harvested in the coming months.

If any farmers are looking to see what the auction system can offer them next season they are welcome to contact Tom Mellor or the Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Agricultural Team to discuss matters. Tel: 01278


UK’s Genetic Elite Sale offers one-stop-shop catalogue

May 2014

The anticipated online sale catalogue is launched for the highly endorsed 2014 Genetic Elite Sale held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre near Bristol.

Hosting a superior line-up of high index, deep-pedigreed and show-winning consignments, auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are digitalising the catalogue for prospective buyers to view the lots at the touch of a button. To view the catalogue, click here.

The Genetic Elite Sale is a short drive from Bristol airport and is located at junction 24 of the M5. The sale will start at 11am prompt.

For further details please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Andrew Clements +44 (0)7769 904704, or 01278 410 250

Lower Langdon Farm (farmhouse)

Rare opportunity to lease dairy farm

May 2014

Would-be dairy farmers have the rare chance to take charge of their own farm.

It is only the second time in the last 50 years that Lower Langdon Farm, Beaminster, has been available to let. This rare opportunity has only been made possible as the current tenant has progressed to his own holding.

Sally Mitchell, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office, said: “The real excitement is the fact that the landlord is prepared to offer a 15 year Farm Business Tenancy on a dairy holding, which is very rare these days.”

Interested parties can visit the farm, on Wednesday, April 23, between 10am and 3pm when representatives from letting agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt and the Estate will be on hand to answer any questions.

The well-equipped dairy unit extends to around 167.52 acres (67.80 hectares). It is situated in the middle of three farms under the ownership of Langdon Dorset Farms and is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Over the course of the current tenancy considerable commitment and investment to the unit has been made. The land surrounds the farmhouse and buildings and is accessible from council maintained roads. In addition there has been investment in cow tracks to allow greater access to the grazing land.  The attractive five bedroom farmhouse is one mile from the former market town of Beaminster where there are good school facilities and shops.

Sally Mitchell said: “In our opinion this makes Lower Langdon a most attractive and sustainable private dairy unit to be offered for let for an attractive length of time. The unit should make an ideal family farm, milking up to 140 cows.”

Applicants should make a clear statement regarding their proposed future management of the unit and also provide strong personal and financial references.

Tenders close on Wednesday, May 14. The farm is to be let on a 15-year farm business tenancy to start no later than October 1.

For further details please contact Sally Mitchell at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office on (01305) 268786.

Walford Cross Sale

Unique Walford Cross sale celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

April 2014

Bumper crowds are expected to throng the South West’s largest one-day machinery sale at Walford Cross on the A38, near Taunton, on Thursday, April 17.

The sale  – put on by auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt and now in its 60th year – is a major event in the agricultural calendar and is a “must attend” for anyone looking for all types of agricultural machinery and effects.

Last year’s sale attracted around 1,300 visitors from Poland, Ireland, Wales and all parts of England.

Around 800 lots of machinery and 2,500 lots of miscellaneous items are expected this year.

If that is not tempting enough buyers will not have to pay a buyer’s premium on any of the tractors or farm machinery on offer.

The sale is a major undertaking and preparations have been ongoing for months to ensure the Diamond jubilee event is a roaring success.

Vendors can enter their items up until 4pm on Wednesday, April 16, Vendors with major items are advised to contact the Auctioneers immediately to ensure the items are well advertised.

All buyers must register with the sales office in advance. For further details contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01278) 410250.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, commented: “Having conducted the Dispersal Sale of six tractors and a comprehensive range of machinery last week for the Dare family it is now clear that the demand for second hand machinery is as good as ever, in fact the trade was one of the best I have ever seen over the 30 years that I have been selling. All farmers are advised to inspect their sheds and sell everything that is not being used.”

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Catchment Sensitive Farming Grant Scheme

January 2014

Natural England has recently re-opened the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) grant scheme.

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Charles Clark

Strong demand for Farm Land

November 2013

A late season auction at The Shrubbery Hotel demonstrated the continuing strength of the land market.  Top of the day was the sale of 33.55 acres at Sutton Montis, near Yeovil and Sherborne which realised £270,000, just over £8,000 per acre.  On the levels and moors, a 9.48 acre field near Othery realised £72,000 while a typical permanent pasture field at King’s Moor near Long Load of 7.2 acres made £30,000 despite drove access only.  At the same auction a small lane side cottage on the edge of Othery requiring complete refurbishment sold for £94,000.

Auctioneer, Charles Clark, reported that both vendors and purchasers seemed delighted with the transactions.  The demand for farm land in particular is strong and this is drawing one or two more vendors to the market taking advantage of the opportunity to raise reasonably substantial sums for other ventures.  In the meantime farming businesses in particular are continuing to look to expand whilst there appears to be no shortage of investors who see land as an excellent haven for any spare resources.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt have further auctions scheduled for December and are already taking entries across their office network for auctions in the spring.

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25 Organic British Friesian and Blue Roan Cows

November 2013

Complete dispersal sale of 25 Organic British Friesian and Blue Roan Cows to inc 2 incalf heifers.

Calving all year round; various ages; incalf to Aberdeen Angus; Cubicle housed and Abreast Parlour. (Glos)


South West Dairy Show

Make a date for dairy show

September 2013

One of the most important dates in the dairy farmer’s calendar takes place next month.

The South West Dairy Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, on Wednesday, October 2, brings together a comprehensive trade show and an exhibition of fine dairy cattle providing a “one stop shop” for the dairyman.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the leading agricultural experts, will have one of the 300 trade stands at this prestigious show which attracts exhibitors from around the country.

Members of the firm’s agricultural department will be on hand to share their expertise and experience in everything from property, professional work to livestock marketing.

You can find Greenslade Taylor Hunt at stand number 24 in Avenue B.

As well as experts from Greenslade Taylor Hunt there is the opportunity to meet milk buyers, feed suppliers and AI companies and of course meet up with other dairy farmers.

There will also be an extensive display of agricultural machinery and equipment on show.

In addition a dairy show will take place.

The show runs from 8.30am-5pm.

GTH Chairman, Derek Biss

Premier national Holstein sale at Sedgemoor

July 2013

Leading dairy auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to have been favoured by Holstein UK to conduct the 2014 Genetic Elite Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, the South’s largest dairy centre.

Sedgemoor Auction Centre despite only being five years old has quickly gained a reputation as the premier dairy centre in the South of England, with weekly dairy sales averaging in excess of 80 head and monthly Catalogued sales featuring in excess of 250 head. 

GTH Chairman and lead dairy Auctioneer Derek Biss commented: “With the superb facilities and the huge throughput of dairy cattle at Sedgemoor we are thrilled with Holstein UK’s decision to instruct us to conduct the 2014 Genetic Elite Sale.”

The 2014 sale will be held on Thursday, June 12,  2014 and plans are already in hand to create an attractive catalogue of some of the country’s finest individuals.

The Genetic Elite sale has over the years been the source of some of the most influential cattle throughout the UK such as Copywood Integrity Sara at 30,000gns and Dalesend Storm Maude who went on to win numerous championships. Other fine cattle have also featured in these sales.

For further details and to register your interest contact Sedgemoor Auction Centre on 01278  410251.

Churchvale Numero Ambrosia - Sold for 4800gns

Sedgemoor Spotlight hits 7000gns

July 2013

The annual Spotlight Sale held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Tuesday 16th July 2013 saw a fantastic trade. The January 2013 born heifer, ‘Riverdane Clay Autumn’ took the top honours, being bred from one of the most prominent families in the Holstein Breed and backed by a superb sire stack, she drew a lot of interest. She had travelled all the way from Mark and Susan Knutsford’s ‘Riverdane’ herd in Cheshire to Sedgemoor and after some spirited bidding reaching 7000gns she continues south to Join Mr Hussels ‘Perrins’ herd based in Badworthy Cornwall.

The second highest price came at 5000gns was from Sahara Holsteins with ‘Koepon Domain Melody 2nd.’ She had recently been classified VG86 as a two year old, and being from a family that has been placing numerous bulls into AI, she again had numerous admirers and the bidding finally ended with Drointon Farms who were purchasing her jointly with Mr JL Gray from Drumtall Scotland.  She was not the only Lot heading to Scotland with Peter Prior’s Smartmove Atom Gail EX90, who was Honourable Mention at the previous weeks Kent Show, at 3000gns she makes the Journey to Mr Vietch’s ‘Doonvalley’ herd in Ayrshire.

The West Country was also in good Spirit’s with Ian Chave from ‘Peacehay’ picking out some fancy calves, at 4800gns he took home ‘Churchvale Numero Ambrosia’ from Richard Thomas, Carmarthen and also ‘Riverdane Ex Ruby’ from Riverdane Holsteins, Cheshire.

Other Cows reaching notable prices include ‘Wiltor Million Cream VG88’ from Claire Jones, Monmouthshire at 4600gns, ‘Richaven Champion Squaw VG86’ at 3200gns and ‘Springtime Wisconsin Molli Red VG85-2yr’ at 3000gns both for Designer Holsteins, Essex and Bev Bakers ‘BB Million Ghost’ also at 3000gns.

Other youngstock of note included Tim Quick’s ‘Mendip Windbrook Lustre’ at 3000gns and Brian and Randolph Millers, ‘Moorshard Spottie Shower’, a January Born Heifer at 2500gns.

Next year instead of the Spotlight Sale, Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt have been favoured with instructions to conduct the 2014 Holstein UK Genetic Elite Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre. Look out for further information in due course.

Tom Mellor

Sensational Straw Prices Achieved

July 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt can report a huge entry of standing straw was sold in their annual auctions.

An entry over their two auctions this month (July) totalled in excess of 3,600 acres that comprised a comprehensive range of both winter and spring sown crops.

Auctioneer, Tom Mellor, commented that: “Many farmers are facing the situation of straw barns with no carry-over from last winter which was far more prolonged than was wished for. Many crops, in particular the winter-sown cereals, are looking particularly patchy and the straw yields across the board could be less than in previous years. Bearing this in mind it was no surprise that some extremely high prices were achieved in this year’s auctions.”

Reported prices were up to £122/acre for winter wheat, £118/acre for winter barley, £100/acre for spring barley and £48/acre for oilseed rape.

Lot 4 Wiltor Million Cream (VG86-2yr)

Spotlight Sale Catalogue Now Online

July 2013

The Catalogue for the eagerly anticipated Spotlight Sale to be held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on 16th July is now online and the hard copy will be available at the end of the week.

Click here to view the catalogue.

The sale features 12 Freshly Calved Cows and Heifers,  29 Heifers and 6 Embryo packages from some of the Countries leading breeders being BB, Butlerview, Churchvale, Designer, Holmead, Hinton, Helices, Huntlodge, Lilylane, Mendip, Mikali, Moorshard, Noremead, Riverdane, Sahara, Sherdon, Starlet, Sterndale, Wiltor, Woodmarsh and Yardhayes.

Some superb individuals sell from some of the world’s most influential families to include: Alicia, Ashlyn, Atlee, August, Barbie, Carmel, Ghost, Gypsy Grand, Laurie Sheik, Lila Z, Lustre, Raven, Rudy Missy, Shower and More.

For further information please contact Andrew Clements 07769 904704 or to request a catalogue please contact the Greenslade Taylor Hunt Live and Deadstock Department 01278 410250 / /

Newton Farm

First time to market in six generations

June 2013

The phrase “rare opportunity” can be bandied about all too readily in the world of estate agency. However when a property has been in the same hands for six generations and comes to market for the first time the phrase seems entirely apt.

Newton Farm at Bicknoller, Taunton, has been occupied by the same family since the mid 18th century. Now after many happy years the vendor Desmond Venner is retiring and has put the farm up for sale.

It is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £1,600,000 as a whole.

The holding is situated in a favoured sheltered valley between the Brendon and Quantock Hills.

Martyn Venner, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the sole agents, said: “Newton Farm offers the perfect mix of pasture and arable land complimented with a substantial period farmhouse and extensive range of farm buildings.  The property ideally lends itself to someone wanting to run a small mixed farm, equestrian enterprise or expand their existing holding.  The property occupies a highly sought after location within this much favoured area of West Somerset with breathtaking scenery which can only be fully appreciated when viewed.”

Newton Farm has much to appeal to the equestrian purchaser. There is an excellent all weather riding arena and a number of the outbuildings have been converted for stabling.

Currently the vendor operates a DIY livery enterprise and there is the option for a would-be purchaser to continue with this venture. Indeed the appealing location could easily lend itself to a magnificent cross country course utilising the excellent outriding opportunities.

The main farmhouse is believed to date from the 18th Century and was substantially extended in the 1930s to offer well proportioned six-bedroom accommodation.  In addition the vendor has discreetly installed a solar PV system to reducing the running costs.

There is a range of useful outbuildings with potential for alternative uses.

The land extends to 124.48 acres and is a highly fertile and productive mix of arable and pastureland contained within a ring fence.

The property is available as a whole or in up to four lots. Further details are available from Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 425555.

Devon Cattle Breeders

Double celebration for Dorrell family

June 2013

Cattle breeders Richard and Anna Dorrell enjoyed fantastic success at the Devon Cattle Breeders Society’s annual show at the Bath & West Showground.

The pair, who trade as Stonegrove Livestock, took first place in the cow class with Stonegrove Norie 9th, a Red Ruby Devon, with her well-grown twin calves at foot.

The cow topped this success by being crowned Breed Champion by the judge Malcolm Hurd, who farms at Wiveliscombe.

Derek Biss, Chairman and Agricultural Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, presented the award to the Dorrells who farm at Shrawley in Worcestershire.

For many years Greenslade Taylor Hunt have been the official auctioneers for the Ruby Red Devon Cattle Society. The firm sponsored the Champion and Reserve Championships at the well-supported event.

Pictured (from left) Derek Biss, Chairman and Agricultural Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Anna Dorrell, Malcolm Hurd and Richard Dorrell.

Derek Biss

Magnificent May as cattle sales soar to 1250

June 2013

Leading auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt report a huge throughput of dairy cattle at both Sedgemoor Auction Centre and the country’s largest ever on-farm sale of the year resulting in a whopping 1250 cows sold this month (May 2013)

The impressive figures include the 615 cattle sold as a result of the Hitchcocks Dairy dispersal of organic Holstein Friesian cattle in Devon on behalf of the Persey family.

In a furious seven hours of selling the auctioneers sold a record breaking 615 cattle to buyers from as far afield as West Wales, Shropshire and Hampshire. The firm’s previous record for a one-day sale was just under 500.

The award winning herd which could trace its bloodlines back to the 1940s proved an attractive proposition to buyers from around the South West and beyond.

The dairy department at Sedgemoor, one mile from junction 24 of the M5, is unrivalled in the South West with the largest weekly dairy market in the country every Saturday averaging 85 head, and with over 100 head entered over the last three weeks which is a new centre record.

This enterprise is further enhanced by extremely well supported monthly catalogued collective dairy sales, at Sedgemoor Auction Centre. In addition the department offers dispersals, special sales and Private Treaty selling allowing sellers the best opportunity to market their stock.

For further information contact the Greenslade Taylor Hunt Dairy Department on 01278 410251 or email or follow us @GTHDairy

Auctioneer’s comment

Auctioneer Derek Biss now Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, commented that our average monthly dairy sales of over 300 head have always created national interest, however more recently our very large weekly entries of more commercial type dairy stock has also attracted interest from further afield with regular purchasers from West Wales and the Midlands travelling Sedgemoor knowing that they have a large choice of milking cattle in particular to choose from and can easily fill their lorries. Sedgemoor Auction Centre is located in the heart of the West Country is now the main centre for the selling of dairy stock in the South of England and is continuing to grow from its headquarters just one mile of Junction 24 of the M5 motorway.

East Devon Land Opportunity

East Devon Land Opportunity

May 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Honiton Office are delighted to have launched Land at Long Chimney Farm, Salcombe Regis near Sidmouth, Devon.  

The land comes to the open market for the first time in 35 years and the sale affords prospective purchasers an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a superb block of level commercial arable land well situated with excellent access and road frontage and extends in total to 167.07 acres (67.61 ha).  The land is being offered for sale by Private Treaty as a whole or in up to four lots although further sub division of lots may be considered. 

The versatile land is anticipated to attract interest from a variety of agricultural and investor buyers. 

For further details please contact Will Handel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt Honiton Office on 01404 46222 or email

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Huge Crowd at Largest Dairy Sale of the Year

Good cattle, good crowd and good trade at country’s largest one day sale

May 2013

A FRENETIC seven hours of selling took place in Devon yesterday (May 14) as the country’s largest one-day sale of organic cattle took place.

Top price went to a second calver. It fetched 2,100gns at the sale of 615 Holstein Friesians from the highly regarded and long established Hitchcocks Dairy at Langlands Farm, Uffculme, near Cullompton. Calved heifers went for 2,000gns.

More than 200 people braved the rain for the impressive sale conducted by Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt and the farm sales team, on behalf of the Persey family.

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Richard, Geoffrey & Carina Persey

Make a date for country’s largest one day sale

May 2013

The largest one-day sale of organic cattle in the country takes place in Devon on Tuesday. (May 14)

Nearly 600 Holstein Friesians from the highly regarded and long established Hitchcocks Dairy will go under the hammer, near Cullompton Devon.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who will be conducting the event, said: “The sale comes highly recommended especially in a year when dispersals appear to be few and far between. The consistent high quality nature of all the cows and heifers makes this a sale not to be missed.”

For the discerning dairyman this is the chance to buy a large number of top quality cattle from a leading organic herd that can trace its origins back to the 1940s.

Sadly the original British Friesian herd was lost to Foot and Mouth. The Persey family under the guidance of Bill then established the ‘Plymtree’ herd which garnered a number of successes on the show circuit including wins at Devon County and Honiton Show.

The dispersal sale follows a decision by the Persey family to cease dairy production and focus fully on other enterprises at Langlands Farm, Uffculme, near Cullompton.

Mr Biss said: “Having walked through the herd you cannot fail to be impressed by these modern cows which are consistent in type being not extreme but with excellent feet and udders. The youngstock are equally impressive and looking exceptionally well.”

Complying with the very highest welfare and health standards these cattle come from a long line of champions.

In total 597 Holstein Friesians will be offered for sale.

The sale begins at 10am.

In addition the well maintained dairy equipment and machinery which is now surplus to requirements also goes under the hammer on Wednesday, June 5th.

For further information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 410250.

Pictured: A ‘Plymtree Prettyface’ daughter is pictured which won best dairy animal at Devon County and Honiton Show.


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Walford Cross Sale 2013

Massive crowds flocked to South West’s largest one-day machinery sale

April 2013

Bumper crowds from home and abroad packed the South West’s largest one-day machinery sale at Walford Cross, near Taunton.

The event – put on by auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt and now in its 59th year – attracted visitors from Poland, Ireland, Wales and all parts of England.

Around 1,300 people turned out for this major event in the agricultural calendar, filling every available space in the car parks.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt and co-ordinator of the event said: “After last year’s deluge of rain it was so much easier to stage this massive event in favourable weather which resulted in a larger crowd than normal.”

Overall, the machinery and effects were of a much higher quality this year, although entries were down on previous years.  The high prices achieved for scrap metal coupled with a very strong export trade resulted in a flying trade for all the machinery on offer selling to top prices of £13,700 achieved for a Massey Ferguson 4335 FE02 FDO, £8,400 for a MF 6180 Dyna Shift R188 MES and £7,500 for a MF 3085 4wd 1993. Other top prices included £9,000 for an Agrimac 2600 Slurry Tanker, a Dooley Silage Trailer 16T at £8,400, MF700 14T Grain Trailer at £7,500, a Twose Hedgetrimmer at £7,200, a MAS 14T Grain Trailer at £6,600, and £5,000 for a Vaserstead 3M Drill.

The vendors that attended this year’s Walford Cross certainly reaped the rewards this year.

Preparations are already in hand for next year’s event which will mark the occasion’s landmark Diamond Jubilee.

Walford Cross

Walford Cross 2013

April 2013

Walford Cross Machinery Sale is the largest one day Machinery sale in the South West and takes place this Thursday (18th April). Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt runs the mammoth sale and preparations have been underway for a matter of months in order to stage the Sale for the 59th time.

Each year the sale has grown and last year we totaled over 3,500 lots of Tractors, Machinery and Miscellaneous items with buyers travelling from all over the UK and Ireland. This Tuesday (9am-5pm) and Wednesday (9am-4pm) all of the lots are booked in at the sale filed. Viewing for the general public is between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday (17th April).

The first Auction commences at 9am on Thursday 18th April and by midday up to five auctions will be running simultaneously. Last year over 1600 people registered to bid on the morning of the sale as with the sheer number of lots all bidders must register for a bidding number.

For more information contact 01278 410250

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East Devon Land For Sale

February 2013

The Honiton Office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to be marketing land near Membury which occupies a magnificent position overlooking the picturesque Yarty Valley and within an extremely sought after part of East Devon.

In total the land extends to about 33.41 acres and is offered for sale by informal tender, as a whole or in two lots, with a guide price of £140,000 for Lot 1 (21.43 acres) and £85,000 for Lot 2 (11.98 acres). 

 For further details please contact Will Handel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt Honiton Office on 01404 46222.

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Free Seminar - "After the storm" Helping you develop your farming business

February 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt in association with the National Farmers Union, Albert Goodman, Clarke Willmott and Lloyds TSB are pleased to be holding a free seminar on 14 March 2013 at Taunton Rugby Club.

 The seminar, entitled “After the storm - helping you to develop your farming business” brings together leading professional advisors from the respective firms who regularly deal with agricultural industry issues. The seminar presentations include:

 Are you maximising the business opportunities on your farm? (Will Handel – Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

  1. Borrowing in challenging economic times (David Fowler – Lloyds TSB)
  2. Protecting profits from HMRC (Sam Kirkham – Albert Goodman)
  3. IHT reliefs – how to protect the value of the family farm. (David Maddock – Clarke Willmott)

 A question and answers session will follow the presentations to be followed by a free hot meal.

 Please note that spaces are restricted and to reserve your place please see the attached form or contact your local Greenslade Taylor Hunt office.

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Over 100 Jersey Youngstock

January 2013

Over 100 Jersey youngstock

Various ages


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Dairy Round-up 2012

January 2013

Another busy year for the Greenslade Taylor Hunt Farm Sales Team witnessed Sedgemoor Auction Centre cementing itself as the dairy centre of the South with hugely successful Collective Sales, the largest weekly Dairy Market in the UK, and an inaugural elite sale providing many top prices of the year. 

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12 Freshly Calved Cows

January 2013

12 freshly calved cows 2nd & 3rd calvers

NMR recorded - 9500kgs herd average

Cubicle housed

Herringbone parlour



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TB RESTRICTED 38 Incalf Heifers

January 2013

38 TB restricted Incalf Heifers (Mainly due March - May)

Mostly Pedigree

Incalf to Aberdeen Angus (Named Sire)


Martyn Venner

Sunshine behind the rain

November 2012

Despite the atrocious weather conditions experienced this year, poor yields and poor quality crops, land price are still shining through says Martyn Venner, Associate with property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Whilst it has been one of the most difficult years in history for farming, farms and land prices appear unaffected.  The lack of supply continues for large commercial farms and for bare land during 2012 which has resulted in values of this type in the South West either being sustained or increased.

It appears that the highest demand is still for bare land from adjoining farmers wanting to buy to expand their existing holding.  Prices have achieved as much as £14,000 per acre this year, with land frequently making in excess of £10,000 per acre.  The demand from investors is still present wanting to take advantage of the tax benefits, but it is apparent that the farmer is the dominant driving force.

In the early part of the year 122 acres of pasture/arable land between Honiton and Ottery St Mary made in excess of £7,000 per acre. An attractive 114-acre livestock holding at Chilworthy, just outside Chard, went under the hammer in lots in May and achieved a sale total of £1,306,000.This total included a five acre parcel of woodland which achieved £13,736 per acre. 

As the winter of 2012 takes a grip, we see no reason why farm and land market will not remain strong.  We have changing times ahead of us, with the reform of the single payment scheme, which has much to be decided still and is evolving on a daily basis.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has 18 offices throughout the South West, with a wealth of qualified experts at hand to help with all aspects of rural property, whether it be agency or professional advice.

Martyn Venner can be contacted at the Bridgwater Office on 01278 425555 or visit the Greenslade Taylor Hunt website to search for a surveyor in your area.

Graeme Biffen BSc PGDipSurv MRICS FAAV

New appointment brings “added value”

November 2012

Greenslade Taylor Taylor Hunt are delighted to announce that Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV has re-joined the firm as an Associate and Senior Valuer to further strengthen their multi-faceted professional divisions at Sedgemoor Auction Centre and Hammet Street, Taunton.

Graeme commenced his training as a surveyor with GTH at Tiverton, later moving on to work in the property consultancy department of another West Country firm, where he was based in Exeter for four years dealing with valuations and other professional work across Devon.

Graeme sees his move back to GTH as a great opportunity to help expand the valuation expertise and professional advice offered by the firm. 

His specialist areas include valuations of property for taxation, banks, and family matters, compulsory purchase and compensation claims, landlord and tenant matters including tenancies and licences, rural planning and estate management.

He considers it essential that his clients receive the best professional advice and that both technically and personally he is committed to providing this. He already has strong links with members of the professional community in this area, who have for a number of years been recommending his services to their own clients, and looks forward to working with other professionals, farmers and property owners. 

Graeme was born in Taunton and educated at Queen’s College and Richard Huish College, after which he spent a year working his way around Australasia before returning to attend university where he gained a BSc Econ (Hons).

With both parents being chartered surveyors, and with close family ties to the farming community in Devon and Somerset, surveying was a natural choice of profession. Having joined GTH as a trainee he gained a post Graduate Diploma in Surveying with Distinction, and qualification as a chartered surveyor followed shortly after his move to Devon.

He then qualified as a Fellow of the specialist Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, with one of the highest marks in the country.  Aside from his professional work, Graeme has also delivered seminars on professional matters and was appointed by the College of Estate Management, at Reading University, as a tutor to post graduate students on the Rural Estate Management course.  In his spare time Graeme is a keen snowboarder and guitarist, and tries to keep fit!

To contact Graeme ring the Sedgemoor Auction Centre on 01278 410250 or the Taunton office on 01823 334466.

West Hele Farm

Picturesque and versatile organic farm

November 2012

Set in a beautiful location in the heart of its own land this organic farm is bursting with features to commend it to a prospective purchaser.

Eye-catching West Hele Farm at Kings Nympton, Umberleigh, near South Molton, is Grade II listed due to its historic and architectural importance. It has recently come to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £925,000.

Parts of the farmhouse, which is thought to have been a Devon Hall House, date from the 15th Century with later 17th and 18th Century additions. The building is brimming with period features including an attractive oak plank and muntin screen, exposed beams and large fireplaces.

It has been sympathetically restored to provide roomy four-bedroom accommodation while retaining its original charm and character. There is scope for further enhancements if required as listed building and planning consents have been granted.

The idyllic location provides a perfect holiday destination and to this end

planning permission has been granted to turn a separate two storey traditional barn on the farm into a spacious four-bedroom holiday cottage.

“The position of the farm is superb, enjoying stunning views over the pretty valley of the River Mole,” comments Richard Webber from the firm’s South Molton office, “This really is a fantastic opportunity to acquire an outstanding and versatile property in an excellent rural situation.”

A key feature of the smallholding is its productive organic status land. The farm extends to 62.33 acres (25.22 hectares) which includes an attractive parcel of amenity woodland.

Previously the farm was home to a pedigree herd of Red Devon cattle and a potential purchaser may want to pursue farming interests. Equally the property is likely to appeal to those with an eye for equestrian or other amenity pursuits.

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact the South Molton office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01769 574500.

William Wallis

William Wallis MRICS joins Greenslade Taylor Hunt

October 2012

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are pleased to announce that William Wallis MRICS has just joined their agricultural agency and professional team based at Yeovil.

William is a farmer’s son from Ansty, near Dorchester, where his family has been farming for 12 years. William has been very much involved in the home farm and helped with the design and development of their renowned farm shop, caravan park, storage and growing and selling of Christmas trees. 

William studied at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, where he obtained a BSc Honours Degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management and then joined Rendells Auctioneers based in Chagford, Devon, where he has been more recently running their office.

During this time he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and auctioneer. His specialist areas of work include sales of farms and land; valuation of agricultural and rural property for a variety of purposes, compensation claims and single payment applications. He also specialises in stewardship schemes, advice on rules and regulations relating to livestock and cross compliance, planning for agricultural buildings and agricultural assessments, woodland improvement grants and management plans, grant applications, sales of livestock and fodder, tenancy and grazing agreements and boundary disputes.

William enjoys country pursuits and sports including shooting and playing skittles as well as being an active member of the Dorset Young Farmers Club participating in activities and representing the county in various competitions whilst also helping with fundraising.  William is a member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and is a committee member of various agricultural shows including the Devon County Show where he acts as a steward for the cattle section.

William will be working with Justin Lowe MRICS, partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, based at their Yeovil office dealing with the sale and purchase of agricultural and rural property throughout Dorset and South Somerset and undertaking professional work for their  expanding client base.  At the weekends you will be able to see William at Sedgemoor Market, in either the pig, sheep or poultry sections and he looks forward to meeting up with many of you in the future.

To contact William ring the Yeovil office on (01935) 415300.


100% Success at Land Auction

June 2012

A huge crowd gathered at the Collective Land Auction held at the Langport Arms Hotel, Langport in May.

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April 2012

Once again records were broken at Walford Cross as the sale exceeded last year’s record sale total cementing Walford Cross’ position as the largest one day machinery sale in the South West.

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Anticipated entry of 100 Tractors and Vehicles at this year's Walford Cross

The Largest One Day Machinery Sale in the South West Keeps on Growing

April 2012

Walford Cross Machinery Sale is the largest one day Machinery sale in the South West and this year takes place on Thursday 19th April. Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt runs the mammoth sale and preparations have been underway for a matter of months in order to stage the Sale for the 58th time.  

Each year the sale has grown and last year we totalled over 3,500 lots of Tractors, Machinery and Miscellaneous items with buyers travelling from all over the UK and Ireland. The two days prior to the sale the lots are booked in and between 4-7pm on the Wednesday night the sale filed is opened up for the general public to view.

The first Auction commences at 9am and by midday up to five auctions will be running simultaneously. Last year over 1600 people registered to bid on the morning of the sale as with the sheer number of lots all bidders must register for a bidding number. With machinery trade looking strong we anticipate another record sale.

For More information contact 01278 410250

Bourne Farm, Chulmleigh

The Farms and Land Market

February 2012

Richard Webber from the South Molton office reviews the current market for farms and land

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Records Broken in Dairy Section at Sedgemoor

January 2012

The Winter Warmer collective sale saw 300 Dairy Cattle sold in front of over 200 people, which created a grand total in excess of £418,000 which set a new record, £23,000 more than the previous record that was set at our Christmas Cracker Sale just last month.

Calved heifers averaged £2260 with three lorry loads travelling back to Carmarthen, one to Kent and another to Leicestershire. We are a National Dairy Centre


Sedgemoor Auction Centre

Sedgemoor’s Buzzing in the Lead up to Christmas

November 2011

One of the largest livestock markets in the UK is building up for a busy December with Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt reporting weekly numbers staying strong around 100 dairy, 800 stores, 180 fat cattle, 200 barren cows, 300 stirks, 400 calves and 5000 sheep. Throughout 2011 the trade in each and every section has been reported as some of the best we have seen in many years. Sedgemoor really has surpassed expectations and is favoured by buyers and vendors alike.

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East Devon Land For Sale

East Devon Land For Sale

October 2011

The Honiton Office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to be marketing land at Part Alfington Farm, Alfington, Ottery St Mary. The sale of this land provides a rare opportunity to purchase a number of excellent blocks of highly productive pasture and arable land. Situated in an agriculturally renowned area, the holding was formerly run as a livestock holding, although the versatility and quality of the land may make it well suited to a variety of other livestock or arable cropping enterprises.

In total the land extends to about 122.30 Acres (49.49 Ha) and is being offered for sale by Informal Tender, with a closing date of 12 noon on Tuesday 15 November 2011.

For further details please contact Will Handel in the firms Honiton Office (01404 46222)

The Future is bright for one Devon farmer

The Future is bright for one Devon farmer

October 2011

The first large scale solar farm has now been completed and connected to the National Grid in East Devon. The four megawatt site near Axminster has been a long process but has resulted in a successful connection last Friday.

Toby Bateman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt commented "Having been involved with this scheme from the outset it is extremely pleasing to see all our hard work come to fruition. With a change in the feed in tariff scheme, many of these larger solar renewable energy schemes have not been completed and were put on hold following the drastic cutting of the feeding tariffs."

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Dispersal Sale of the 'Knightwood' herd of 650 Holsteins

August 2011

Selling 17 EX; 124 VG & 176 GP Cows and Heifers

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt will welcome 650 head of Diary Cattle to Sedgemoor Auction Centre (just off junction 24, M5) on Thursday 18th & Tuesday 23rd August comprising the entire high yielding herd for Knightwood Trust Farms Ltd, Oxted, Surrey (ceasing milk production.) This represents one of the largest and best dispersals to take place this year and comprises:


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GTH leading the way with photovoltaic developments

GTH leading the way with photovoltaic developments

August 2011

Greenslade Taylor Hunt have been at the forefront of large scale photovoltaic (solar) development in the South West of England.  We are pleased to announce that several large scale developments have finally come to fruition.  Greenslade Taylor Hunt were instrumental in identifying sites in Devon and Somerset and negotiating with developers on behalf of landowners.

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Lot 3 - Land Part Benbow Farm, Romansleigh

Demand for land remains strong in South Molton Auction

July 2011

The recently established South Molton office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt is delighted to report an extremely successful property auction held at The George Hotel, South Molton on Thursday 28th July 2011.

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Jeremy Bell GTH

'All Smiles at Worthy Farm'

May 2011

Following the recent election of our Partner, Jeremy Bell (front right of photo), as Chairman of the Western Counties Agricultural and Valuers Association (Devon & Somerset) he organised for 50 members to have a jaunt around the renowned festival site which also included a seminar and inspection of the roof top solar photovoltaic panels which have been installed at Worthy Farm, followed by a meal afterwards.

Derek Biss

Agriculture on the Up

May 2011

Over the last twelve months we have seen a marked improvement in returns for the sheep and beef sectors and most of the commodity sectors, albeit that in-puts have unfortunately kept pace with sales, leaving the bottom line not much better than before.

Despite promises and some wishful thinking on the part of some of our dairy men things have not moved much in favour of our dairy producers to date. It must be said though that the modest rises in milk prices from some milk purchasers has installed a glimmer of hope for better times ahead.

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