Hugh Townsend has for 25 years been the country's "go-to" commentator on farm quotas and rural surveying issues affecting farmers. Having become the country's leading and most innovative quota agent he was broadcast to 3.8 million listeners on Radio 4's PM programme interviewed by Eddie Mayer on the 1st April 2015 – the Dawning of Europe without Milk Quotas, click here.  More recently BBC1 interviewed Hugh Townsend on the future of farming following the Referendum, click here.

Hugh Townsend has over the years developed the most creative arrangements to promote an efficient market in farm quotas, in the early eighties developing leasing milk quota without land before the Milk Marketing Board introduced leasing for a part of the milk year. 

He represented clients in leading legal cases defending transfers of milk quota and developed the new system of second TQ1 forms protecting the transfer of quotas with land. 

In 1991, with Farmers Weekly he produced the first sale price index countrywide and started to publish farm quota sales and leasing graphs which are still published by Farmers Weekly and other publications and can be seen on our Milk Quota & Entitlements pages. 

On BBC television he has defended dairy farmers who have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous inpiduals in the farm quota market and was again on television to comment on the "footballers buy milk quota" rumpus. 

He regularly writes for Farmers Guardian and the South West's Western Morning News and our experienced team is sought after for their comments on farm quotas.

Western Morning News – 05.04.17 – 2017 BPS claims – Important to check land parcels following RPA re-mapping in South West

As the application window for BPS claims has now opened, it is important that farmers and agents alike ensure that the claim they submit reflects exactly what is taking place on the ground. Large areas of the South West have been re-mapped by the RPA as part of the ongoing national re-mapping programme. This re-mapping…

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Western Morning News – 08.04.17 – Farm Facts 2017

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Contents 1. RPA to fix transfer confirmation message problems today 2. Agent Conflict of Interest with Transfers between clients of the same firm 3. RICS Rules of Conduct 4. Links 1. RPA to fix transfer confirmation message problems today      As reported previously, problems have been identified with the RPA messaging system which is confirming transfers that…

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Farmers Weekly – 24.03.17 – RPA computer glitches hinder online trading – COMMENT

Online glitches with the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) computer have caused one entitlement trader to put on hold paying out vendors, for fear the system is getting it wrong. Click here to download/view the full article

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Western Morning News – 22.03.17 – Latest from the entitlement market

England Non-SDA Since January, trading activity has remained at a low level with prices dipping as low as £170 per hectare. Trade has however picked up in the last couple of weeks with prices rising since the RPA online transfer system has gone live, together with 2017 claims. It is still too early to tell…

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Entitlement trading news – latest update 15.03.17

Contents 1.        England – transferring entitlements online – not yet secure 2.        UK Entitlements Market 3.        UK BPS Entitlements – User Guide 4.        Links 1. England – transferring entitlements online – not yet secure We have found serious problems with the online entitlements…

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Farmers Weekly – 14.03.17 – English lowland entitlements trading for less than in 2016 – COMMENT

Townsend Chartered Surveyors comment. To download/view article click here  

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Western Morning News – 01.02.2017 – Using an agent for 2017 BPS claim

The RPA has recently confirmed that 93% of 2016 BPS claimants have been paid their Basic Payment Scheme payment. This figure surpasses the target of 91%, which was set before the payment window opened in December 2016. With large sums of money being paid out to farmers it is important to focus on the remaining…

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Western Morning News – 11.01.16 – Exciting times ahead in agriculture…

It is difficult to comment on the land market, entitlement market or anything else without referring to Brexit. For me personally the Referendum became a frustratingly boring debate with extreme claims made by either side trying to scare the electorate, or sell a vision of something better. Now however it could become one of the…

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