VISIT WEBBPATON AT THE SOUTH WEST DAIRY SHOW 2015

Visit us at the South West Dairy Show on 7th October 2015.  Our stand is in the usual place by the door, number 128 in the Edmund Rack Pavilion.  Mark Webb and George Paton will be on hand together with our other professional staff to offer you refreshments, and available to discuss any farm business matters of concern to you.  The big issues currently are renewables, Basic Payment Scheme, land development, compensation claims, valuations, rural property and tenancy options – or just come and have a cup of tea.

Catherine Elmes will also be present to offer advice regarding farm waste recycling and FarmXS, so if you think the scheme is for you or to find out more, just stop by and have a chat with her.

WebbPaton offer professional advice to the rural areas of Wiltshire, south Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Somerset.

The South West Dairy Show has become one of the most important dates in the dairy farmer’s calendar, combining a comprehensive trade show with an exhibition of top quality dairy cattle.  The show attracts over 300 trade stands from across the country and beyond  and with over 250 cattle this show is the place to be seen and visit.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RPA – ACCOUNTABLE PERSONS

The RPA were requesting details of “accountable persons” earlier this year in order to process and issue payments for 2015 BPS claims. However, they have now confirmed that this information (your National Insurance number and the division between partners/shareholders) will not be required until next year.

WET WEATHER AND ESTABLISHMENT OF EFA CATCH CROPS BY 31ST AUGUST

Due to the recent wet weather, you may have difficulties establishing EFA catch crops by 31st August. Provided the RPA has not notified you of an issue or an inspection, you should be able to amend areas of catch crops to change them to EFA cover crops without penalty. Cover crops must be established by 1st October and retained until at least 15th January 2016, but the other rules are the same. Please contact us if you need to make an amendment to your BPS application.

BPS 2015 ENTITLEMENTS TRANSFERS – CONFIRMATION NOTIFICATIONS

We understand the RPA are starting to send confirmation notifications by email for the 2015 BPS entitlement transfers this week and plan to complete the process by the end of September. If you have sold or purchased entitlements through WebbPaton please forward the email to us [susan@webbpaton.co.uk], we will pay the seller and issue the VAT receipt (if applicable) to the buyer once we have the confirmation in writing. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Elmes or Libby Barron.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP – DELAY TO 2015 PAYMENTS

Natural England have announced that there will be a delay to the advance payments for Environmental Stewardship (ELS, OELS & HLS) agreements this year because of the ongoing processing of annual claims and cross-checking against BPS claims. Payments will start in October 2015 and the majority should be made during November and December.

NVZ GRASSLAND DEROGATION

If at least 80% of the agricultural area of your holding is grass, you can apply for an NVZ grassland derogation which gives you permission to use a higher limit of up to 250kg of nitrogen per hectare, if the nitrogen comes from grazing livestock manure. You must apply between 1st October and 31st December this year for a 2016 derogation. Please contact Cathy Hancock-Angell if you would like help with applying for a derogation.



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