Hugh Townsend has for over 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 individuals 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.

11.12.2019 – Western Morning News – Manage hedgerows to unlock support payments

Hedges have received legal protection in some form since the Enclosure Acts dating back to the early 17th century. Since then, rules surrounding hedges have gathered increasing complexity. With the current political focus on environmental concerns – especially discussion surrounding “natural capital” – this trend appears likely to continue, and hedgerows properly managed may be…

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06.11.2019 – Western Morning News – Get to grips with water abstraction

There are a variety of reasons why businesses and individuals might need access to water outside of the mains system.  Vegetable growers need to irrigate their crops; factories use water for a variety of industrial purposes from cleaning to use as a solvent; utility providers such as power stations require water for cooling; livestock farmers…

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09.10.2019 – Western Morning News – Staying in the know on greening

To download/view article click here What is Greening? In England, there are a number of rules that must be followed to claim BPS. For some, these include a set of three rules intended to promote sustainability and environmental preservation.  These are known as the “greening” rules, and are outlined below. Crop Diversification This rule states…

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18.09.2019 – Western Morning News – Class Q Development

Download or view article Class Q is governed primarily by Part 3, Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.  This use Class allows the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential dwellings with some limitations.  The limitations, amendments and case law surrounding Class Q are varied and sometimes quite…

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It is not regularly discussed but you can still make a 2019 BP claim up to the 10th June, and also correct errors on submitted claims.  There is a 1% penalty per day on any parcel where an error is notified after the 31st May, but this is not applied to the whole claim. And…

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ENGLISH ENTITLEMENTS – TRADING UPDATE English Non-SDA The market currently is still not in full flow however there is steady trade at £125-140 plus VAT, depending on lot size. Non-VAT sales, if you have a non-VAT buyer, can achieve say 10% more. Therefore sellers who are still expecting to achieve sales at the £150-160 level…

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19.03.19 – Farmers Weekly – Entitlement trade picks up as BPS applications get under way

The opening of the BPS application window in England has mobilised farmers and agents to think about buying and selling entitlements, with traders reporting an upsurge in interest over the past week. Read more…

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2019 BPS ONLINE CLAIMS ARE NOW LIVE! 2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Guidance Booklet for England has now been released (see here) and online claim forms were available from yesterday. This now joins Northern Ireland whose claims went live on the 1st March, and Wales on the 4th March, with Scotland going live from tomorrow,…

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12.3.19 – English 2019 BPS Entitlement Transfers – Glitches & Stop On Transfers

We as a firm have been submitting transfer applications since the end of January 2019 when the transfer application facility went live on the RPA online, and we were surprised to see that several glitches that had caused problems in 2018 remained “unfixed” and were occurring again.  Each of the first transfers submitted were confirmed…

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In order to claim payment under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in Scotland, a farmer or crofter must satisfy several criteria and carry out certain tasks by specific dates each year. Below, this article explains how the process broadly works, and how to ensure your eligibility. A farmer must have at least three hectares of…

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