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 – 20.09.17 – Countryside Stewardship payout is worth the work required in applying
As the application deadline for the Countryside Stewardship (CSS) Mid-Tier rapidly approaches on the 30th September 2017, those who are still umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether to complete their application forms should not be put off as if successful they could become a secure and maybe higher than expected source of income. The CSS Mid-Tier…Read More
Lee Farm is a well-equipped 194-acre commercial dairy farm, 2 miles from Bickington and 7.5 miles from Barnstaple, on the edge of the Taw Valley. The family has farmed here since the 1800s, having originally been tenants of the Pinkham Trust, and the current owner is now retiring. Up until the last five years the…Read More
A 194 acre commercial dairy farm with a 6 bedroom farmhouse, modern buildings and traditional farm buildings suitable for conversion, with views of Exmoor and Dartmoor 3,500 sq ft 6 bedroom farmhouse 3,900 sq ft traditional cob and stone buildings 25,345 sq ft modern buildings 92 cubicles and loose housing 8 : 16 swing-over herringbone parlour 35,000 cu…Read More
Western Morning News – 05.04.17 – 2017 BPS claims – Important to check land parcels following RPA re-mapping in South West
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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…Read More
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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…Read More
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