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.


Fact Sheet 6 – UK Woodland Carbon Code – Guidance notes

To download/view click here 1 Decided to plant? First a site must be selected. This is an important decision, as the land chosen affects the tree species that can be planted, how quickly they will grow, how expensive they will be to harvest and whether you will need to protect them from livestock, deer or…

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Carbon Trading after Covid-19

Governments around the world are focused on economic recovery after the devastating impact of coronavirus. A ‘green recovery’ is very much the buzz phrase. Potential carbon taxes are mooted and those looking to establish woodland, and trade carbon units may benefit from establishment grants. The UK is set to launch its own Emissions Trading Scheme…

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BPS errors and penalties

Many BPS applicants will not start to consider the payment they hope to imminently receive until the autumn.  This may also be a useful time however, to review what has been submitted this year and check that everything is still correct. Here we look at how the penalty system works. Errors Obvious Errors If whilst…

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Pocket Guide – Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

Introduction to Nitrate Vulnerable Zones A Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) is an area at risk of pollution from nitrates due to agricultural activity. The areas are designated by DEFRA and include approximately 55% of land in England. If your holding is in such a zone then the use of nitrogen fertilisers and storage of organic…

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22.04.2020 – Western Morning News – Crucial to assess risk of run off (NVZ2)

As part of the current farming rules for water enforced by the EA, it is an offence to let fertiliser enter surface water. The risk of run-off from your fields must be considered, and if there is risk then you must not spread. Once the fertilisation plan and field records are complete then, if spreading…

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15.04.2020 – Western Morning News – Up-to-date records are key for NVZ compliance

As we all cope with the impact of Covid 19 along with all the usual Spring tasks on the land, there are also some very important farming deadlines to meet that cannot be overlooked.  These include Basic Payment and Stewardship claims, but also NVZ records need to be completed by the 30th April. We set…

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25.03.2020 – Western Morning News – Capturing carbon and trading

Over the past few years, Government policy has led to an increase in demand for woodland carbon projects with the Committee for Climate Change of 2019 building upon the Climate Change Act 2008. Stating a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, this makes the UK the pacesetter amongst the major world economies. All…

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20.03.2020 – SPRING 2020 NEWSLETTER

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