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.



The Rural Payments Agency has been sending a large number of BPS 2015 payment corrections statements to clients this week. However it is worth while checking your statements as a number of these new statements have anomalies and the RPA are still making errors to the payments.


The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed they will not be posting a hard copy of your 2015 BPS entitlement statement to you or your agent.  They are in the process of developing a system whereby entitlements should be allowed to be viewed on line towards the end of the year. They are also hoping that their system will again allow you to transfer entitlements on line.


The RPA are still working through the BPS 2016 entitlement transfers and are aiming to complete all of the outstanding work by end of this month. They have advised that when they have completed the transfer confirmation is sent electronically via your messages on the Rural Payments system. Vickers and Barrass have found this not to be the case and we would advise you to contact the RPA helpline if you have not received confirmation by the end of the month.

In recent weeks Vickers & Barrass have come across various issues which have not been correctly addressed by the RPA and have found the answers their helpline are providing are not helpful to at anyone. Each month priority for the RPA seems to change – in a recent letter to some of our clients the RPA say at the moment their focus is on making payments for BPS 2015 claims and then making payments for BPS 2016. The RPA’s method of working continues to baffle us all.


A subsidised broadband installation is now available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mb per second. The government define an affordable service as one that costs no more than £400 a year including installation, equipment and monthly fee.

If you are interested and would like to see if you are eligible, please do not hesitate to contact Laura at our Tow Law office.


The RPA has published further information about the calculation used for common land in relation to BPS 2015 payments. In addition, a common land grazing rights document is now available which gives the total eligible area for each common, the number of Livestock Units declared and the hectares allocated per livestock unit. This document assists in checking BPS 2015 payments on common land as the RPA have not provided a calculation breakdown as was practice within the SPS.



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.

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