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How to sell farmland in 6 simple steps

Wed 13 September 2017

Considering selling farmland but not sure where to start? Stags Head of Farm Agency George Alder offers helpful tips for increasing saleability. Read More

South West land values and the current market

Mon 4 September 2017

According to Stags head of Farm Agency, George Alder, a lack of supply, coupled with strong local demand, has affected South West land values. Read More

Brexit and the West Country farmland market

Wed 2 August 2017

Stags Farm Agent, Andrew Ranson, shares his views on Brexit and the West Country farmland market. Read More

Latest market trends for Cornish farmland prices

Thu 27 July 2017

Are you considering investing in Cornish farmland? This market update discusses the latest trends for farms and land in the county. Read More

Making the most of Permitted Development Rights

Wed 19 July 2017

Are you a landowner looking to generate extra income from old farm buildings? This article will help you get to grips with agricultural development rights. Read More

Countryside Stewardship: are you missing a trick?

Thu 8 June 2017

With the ever increasing uncertainties arising around the future of agricultural subsidies, now could be the perfect opportunity to ensure another 5 years of funding through Countryside Stewardship. Read More

Cornish spring farmland market update

Tue 6 June 2017

Stags Farm Agent Andrew Ranson reviews the market for farms and land across Cornwall. Read More

Everything you need to know about BPS

Tue 6 June 2017

Stags Chartered Surveyor, Sally Blowey, discusses post-payment amendments and the future of BPS. Read More

An update from our livestock centres

Mon 5 June 2017

Stags Head of On Site Sales, Chris Clapham, offers the latest facts and figures from our South West livestock markets. Read More

South Molton Market sees surge in sheep trade

Thu 11 May 2017

South Molton Market, like most other centres around the country, has seen as upturn in sheep trade over the past month. Read More

100 acre arable block in Mid Devon sells above guide price

Tue 9 May 2017

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of 100.29 acres of productive arable land in Eggesford, near Crediton, Devon, which had a guide price of £700,000. Read More

Dispersal Sale Success at Shute Farm

Sun 23 April 2017

Stags Head of On Site Sales, Chris Clapham, reports on a successful dispersal sale at Shute Farm in Crediton. Read More

Two land parcels in the South Hams to go to informal tender

Thu 6 April 2017

With Spring finally in the air, Stags have launched two blocks of land in the sought after South Hams to the market. Both are being offered for sale by informal tender and are expected to appeal to different types of buyers. Read More

Sold: an historic 274 acre dairy farm in Somerset

Fri 24 March 2017

Stags Farm Agency are delighted to announce that Binham Grange & Farm at Old Cleeve near the West Somerset coast has sold to an investor, off a guide price of £3,500,000. Read More

A sticky field doesn't mean a sticky trade!

Wed 22 March 2017

A wet and sticky entrance greeted salegoers at Cheriton Farm, Cheriton Bishop on Monday the 21st March but this did not deter a large crowd from attending the Farm Machinery sale on behalf of Messrs M W & J M R Dobin. Read More

Stags Auctioneer Andrew Ranson demonstrates to pupils the art of livestock auctioneering

Wed 22 March 2017

Stags Auctioneer Andrew Ranson demonstrates to pupils the art of livestock auctioneering, as 1,500 children enjoy an interactive day learning about farming and where their food comes from. Read More

Land in Exe Valley tops £10,200 at auction

Fri 10 March 2017

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to announce that 18.95 acres (7.61 hectares) of productive Grade 2 arable land close to the Exe Valley village of Thorverton has sold at auction for £194,000, equivalent to £10,238 per acre. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme Announcement

Wed 1 March 2017

The application window is now OPEN! Read More

Introducing Stags online timed auctions

Fri 10 February 2017

Stags have been instructed to disperse the contents of what is thought to be the oldest public house in Devon. The sale will include furnishings, catering equipment, antiquities, industrial appliances and various other lots, and will be sold via Stags' s new state of the art online auction technology. Read More

Consider grass keep arrangements carefully

Mon 30 January 2017

If used correctly, a grazing licence agreement can allow a landowner to claim under the Basic Payment Scheme and provides protection against breaches of Cross Compliance by a grazier says Jenny Cox of Stags Professional Services. However, we often see grazing licences being used incorrectly and this leads to risks. Read More

£120 million rural growth programme extended

Fri 27 January 2017

The government has published details of how another round of grant funding, designed to help projects that will create jobs and generate money for rural areas, will work. Read More

Dramatic increase in Cornish Auction popularity

Thu 26 January 2017

Prominent South West auctioneers, Stags, have recorded a 60% increase in the number of properties they have sold by auction across Cornwall and along the Devon borders. Read More

Post Brexit surge in amenity land interest

Wed 25 January 2017

West Country land and estate agents, Stags, report an increase in the number of enquiries they are receiving for small recreational/amenity parcels of land. Read More

Stags trainee top of the class

Tue 17 January 2017

Trainee Auctioneer Harvey Pile, from Dunkeswell in East Devon has gained success by achieving top marks and being awarded ‘The Golden Gavel’ by the Dick Harrison Trust while completing his first year of a Flagship Livestock Market Operations and Management course run by Harper Adams University. Read More

South Molton Market sees sheep numbers jump

Wed 14 December 2016

Prime sheep being sold through the South Molton Market to the beginning of December show a 15% increase compared to the same period of 2015, at just under 56,000 lambs. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2016 - some good news (at last!)

Mon 12 December 2016

Much to everyones surprise, payments have already started rolling in for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) are hoping to have paid 90% of claims by the end of the year. Read More

New partner, retiring partner, returning team member and exam success

Fri 9 December 2016

The partners at Stags have announced that they have added to their ranks, with the appointment of George Alder as full equity partner from 1 January 2017. Read More

183 acres of prime East Devon land comes to the market

Thu 8 December 2016

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to announce that it has been instructed to sell 183 acres of productive and arable and grassland at Bicton College, East Devon. Read More

Stags Partnership Expands

Tue 6 December 2016

Partners at the West Country's leading estate agency Stags have announced that they have added to their ranks, with the appointment of George Alder as full equity partner from 1 January 2017. Read More

Wet and muddy conditions do not deter salegoers

Tue 22 November 2016

Stags held their final On Site sale of the year last Saturday at Crockers Farm, Hemyock on behalf of John and Barbara Churchill. Johns family have farmed the land for over 100 years and are now hoping to move into a bungalow in Hemyock. Read More

Very Strong Prices at Pedigree Devon Dispersal

Wed 16 November 2016

Stags Auctioneers were delighted to conduct the dispersal sale of the Stone Farm Pedigree and Organic Devon Cattle, Surplus Farm Machinery and Fodder on behalf of Ray and Ilga Auvray at their farm on the outskirts of Bideford, North Devon. Read More

Land at Padbrook Park: Where will the interest swing in from?

Wed 26 October 2016

Stags Farm Agency has brought 114 acres of land on the edge of Cullompton, Mid Devon, presently being the main part of Padbrook Park Golf Course, to market. The main driver for the sale is the owner’s decision to refocus investment on the hotel and leisure side of this well-known facility. Read More

Autumn brings pair of large dairy farms to market

Mon 24 October 2016

The remarkably dry summer enjoyed by the West Country this year has been followed by a continued spell of clement weather for autumn cultivation's and maize harvest, a much welcome piece of good fortune for our region’s farmers. Read More

Free planning advice

Mon 17 October 2016

Simplifying the planning system has been an objective of successive governments, and each year there are claims from Whitehall that progress is being made. Some might agree that there has been a degree of success: around 88% of all planning applications are now approved compared with around 85% at the start of the decade. However, for all but the most basic of planning applications, the system is often far from simple. Read More

New fodder sales to be run as winter looms

Thu 13 October 2016

Following a run of successful fodder auctions in Exeter last Winter, Stags will be organising further new sales in South Molton and Honiton beginning January 2017. Read More

Banks keen to lend to the agricultural sector

Wed 12 October 2016

Despite BREXIT uncertainty and continuing pressure on farming incomes, banks are keen to lend to the agricultural sector, writes Toby Perry, Rural Practice Surveyor at Stags Professional Services Read More

Tidal power: the FRANCE - ALDERNEY - BRITAIN (FAB) link takes a step closer to reality

Tue 11 October 2016

A major international project that will see tidal-generated electricity flowing between the Channel Islands and the UK and France has taken a step closer to reality, with a route having finally been decided and construction scheduled to commence in 2018. Read More

Plan for CGT Rate on Residential Sales

Wed 14 September 2016

The 2016 Budget earlier in the year announced significant changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime for individuals, partnerships and trusts. Read More

Last chance for EU funding

Wed 13 July 2016

Stags Rural Professional Department can offer advice and assistance with applications and all aspects of a variety of schemes. Read More

Compulsory Purchase - get what you are entitled to!

Wed 6 July 2016

At Stags, our Professional Services Team deals with many claims on behalf of our clients which may arise from a variety of utilities works. Read More

New powers for Telecoms Companies

Tue 5 July 2016

The Digital Economy Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech in May 2016 which could potentially have a big impact for landowners with telecoms masts and equipment on their property. Read More

Stags Farm Agency - a review of 2016 to date

Sat 2 July 2016

Stags Farm Agency look back at the first half of 2016 in the Farms and Land Market where there have been challenges for farmers. Read More

Positive Start for Standing Straw Sales

Fri 1 July 2016

Stags Auctioneers start 2016 off on a positive note following two years of reduced Standing Straw Auction Prices. Read More

Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

Thu 9 June 2016

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation are you getting what you are entitled to? Read More

Spring Collective Sales

Thu 24 March 2016

Whilst the number of On Site Sales throughout the South West has fallen over the past 10 years, spring is finally arriving and our On Site Sales calendar is looking much busier. Read More

Don't forget the Planning Basics

Tue 22 March 2016

Major changes to the Planning System have been a ‘hot topic’ for the last few years, however the core principles of the system should not be overlooked. Read More

Farms and Land Market Update

Mon 21 March 2016

George Alder, Head of Stags Farm Agency, comments on the market for farms and land in 2015 and makes his predictions for 2016. Read More

Have land values peaked in Cornwall?

Wed 2 March 2016

Farm Agent for Cornwall, Andrew Ranson considers how the well reported downturn in commodity prices across all agricultural sectors is raising concerns that land values may ease. Read More

Stags grow their market share

Mon 1 February 2016

I am delighted to report that 2015 was a record year for the sale of land and farms throughout Cornwall and along the Devon Cornwall borders for Stags. This year we have seen the number of agreed sales for farms increase by 20% and the number of land deals have more than doubled. We put this down mainly, to an increase in market share, rather than an increase in the supply across the region. Interestingly we and other local agents do not appear to being valuing any more land or farms than would be expected at this time of year, unlike the slight increase in supply seen nationally. Read More

Seeking the good life? Want to be self- sufficient? Buy Now!

Mon 9 November 2015

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to offer two blocks of land with smallholding opportunities. The land at Barton Vale Farm, near Tedburn St Mary, extends to about 13.93 acres (5.64 hectares) and is suitable for a range of uses and has far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside. Predominately pasture but with a young orchard comprising apple and plum varieties, field shelters and a copse of 75 Christmas trees, Barton Vale presents an opportunity for the ‘Good Life’. Why not rear your own Turkey on the land and harvest your home grown Christmas Tree at the same time! Read More

Cheddarmarsh Farm attracts buyers from across the Southwest

Fri 6 November 2015

On what turned out to be a day full of sunshine the Stags On Site Sales team travelled to Cheddarmarsh farm, Kingswood, Stogumber, on Wednesday the 28th October to disperse a range of surplus sheep and general farming equipment on behalf of Chris and Jeanette Chilcott. Read More

Successful Mid Devon Auction for Stags

Fri 23 October 2015

Stags is delighted with the results of their auction on 22 October when a diverse range of properties were sold, achieving a total of £2,239,000 for their clients. Auctioneer Andrew Luxton offered four properties in various lots to a packed room at the Hartnoll Hotel near Tiverton. Read More

Just launched - 168 acre mixed farm with multiple dwellings and barns for conversion

Fri 16 October 2015

Burrow Farm at Ashbrittle, close to the Devon/Somerset border, is a superbly positioned mixed farm with three dwellings, modern farm buildings and traditional barns with planning permission for conversion. Read More

On Site Sales 2015 Autumn Report

Wed 14 October 2015

Stags On Site Sales team have again been busy this Autumn with trade for second hand farm machinery still strong, despite the very disappointing stock, milk and cereal prices producers are receiving. Read More

Stags Agriculture: finding solutions to everyday issues

Mon 12 October 2015

Stags has over a hundred years experience in farming in the South West. Over the decades we have become experts not only in the sale of farms and land, but in a whole range of ancillary services as well. Read More

Significant Cornish Collective Auction Heralded a Success

Wed 30 September 2015

Stags’ auctioneer and farm agent Andrew Ranson offered approximately £800,000 of property comprised in 6 lots to a packed auction room at Lanhydrock Golf and Country Club, Bodmin on Thursday 24th September. Read More

Sheep Flock Dispersal draws in large crowd

Mon 28 September 2015

Stags On Site Sales team travelled to Chulmleigh for the dispersal of sheep flock and sheep equipment on behalf of Mr Johnathan Small at South Week Farm. The 500 sheep were all penned and sorted before the crowds began to arrive on another bright sunny day. Plenty of interest had been shown prior to the sale in the Ewes and Lambs so it as no surprise there was little room around the pens at sale time. Read More

Improved Entry and Attendance at Uplowman Court for Autumn Collective Sale

Mon 21 September 2015

Our autumn collective sale at Uplowman Court (by kind permission of the Blake family) received brilliant support from both vendors and purchasers with over 1200 lots on offer and 250 purchasers registering on the day of the sale. Read More

Settled sunny weather does not diminish crowd at Farm Machinery dispersal

Thu 17 September 2015

Farmers turned up in numbers despite their finally being a settled period of sunny weather to see the dispersal of farm machinery for Jerry and Sarah Alford at Silverton Park Farm, Silverton, Exeter. Just under 400 lots were on offer when the sale commenced at 11.30am. Read More

Lots of Lots bat Peter Morrish's Retirement Sale

Wed 16 September 2015

Stags On Site Sales team were out again in the Bradninch area between Cullompton and Exeter on Saturday 5th September to disperse the Farm Machinery and General Equipment for Peter Morrish at Higher Combe Farm. Read More

"Lots of Lots" at Peter Morrish's Retirement Sale

Mon 14 September 2015

Stags On Site Sales team were out again in the Bradninch area between Cullompton and Exeter on Saturday 5th September to disperse the Farm Machinery and General Equipment for Peter Morrish at Higher Combe Farm. Read More

Largest Crowd of the year at Honiton Showground Sale

Fri 11 September 2015

The sun shone after a very wet period of weather on Saturday 29th August at Stags annual Autumn Collective sale at Honiton Showground. The car park area soon filled up with over 300 people registering to purchase on the day many of whom were having their first visit to the saleground. Just over 1200 very varied lots were on offer when the sale started at 10.30am. Read More

Conversion of Agricultural Buildings

Thu 10 September 2015

The Government has announced it will use the Rural Productivity Plan to announce a review of the residential conversion threshold for agricultural buildings reports Jo Maynard of Stags Launceston Office. Read More

Cornish Farm for Auction

Wed 9 September 2015

Stags’ farm agent and auctioneer Andrew Ranson launches a number of interesting auction lots including a 58 acre farm near Camborne and numerous land lots. The collective auction will be held on the 24th September at the Lanhydrock Golf and Country Club, Bodmin. Read More

Sale attracts large crowd despite wet weather

Wed 9 September 2015

On Tuesday 25th August the Stags On Site Sales team visited Court Barton Farm in Venny Tedburn, Crediton after receiving instructions to disperse the full range of Tractors and Farm Machinery on behalf of M R & R S Aldworth. Read More

Attractive Pasture and Woodland near Tavistock sells well by Auction

Tue 8 September 2015

Stags’ auctioneer and farm agent Andrew Ranson sells an attractive 48 acre block of land at Horndon, Mary Tavy to a full room at the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock. The moorland farmhouse with traditional and modern outbuildings and consent for holiday use was sold with approximately 5 acres by Mark Berry of Stags’ Okehampton office for a figure close to its guide of £599,950 in less than a month from being launched. Read More

An original and hidden farmstead, ripe for renovation, set in up to 193 acres

Mon 7 September 2015

There are few places that remain quite so unspoilt and original as Abbotsham Farm near Winkleigh. Positioned at the end of its entrance lane, surrounded by 193 acres of land, the farm is offered for sale by public auction (unless previously sold) in up to four lots, or as a whole. Read More

Top quality achieves top prices

Tue 18 August 2015

On Wednesday 12th August the Stags On Site Sales team visited Elbury Farm in Broadclyst after receiving instructions to disperse the excellent range of Tractors and Farm Machinery on behalf of Messrs Kittow. Read More

Sky High Prices at Rhode Farm

Fri 14 August 2015

Stags On Site Sales team travelled to Rhode Farm, Bradninch for a unique sale of Bygone Farm Machinery and Vintage Tractors on behalf of Mrs S Hammett on Saturday 8th August. The Sale consisted of a lifetime collection including 13 Vintage Tractors and numerous bygone implements amounting to 696 Lots. With views of the Exe Estuary and the Sidmouth gap, a bright sunny day only complimented the setting of the sale field. Read More

New Capital Grant Schemes Open

Mon 3 August 2015

Two new capital grant schemes for farmers and rural landowners are now open under the Rural Development Programme for England, writes Jenny Towill of Stags Professional Services. Read More

Strong Demand for Quality Land

Mon 3 August 2015

The latest auction of property held by Stags on Thursday 30th July in Honiton saw that there is still strong demand for land in East Devon. Read More

McCormick tops sale at £20,000

Fri 10 July 2015

Stags On Site Sales team travelled to Town Farm, Clyst St Lawrence for a sale of Farm Machinery on behalf of Messrs J Martin & Partners on Tuesday 7th July. Read More

Standing Straw trade down for second year running

Fri 10 July 2015

Stags Auctioneers have completed this season's round of On Site Standing Straw sales and report prices overall down £12 per acre on last year, following last year's £15 per acre drop. Stags have sold a total of 2034 acres this season including 3 new instructions which was up 413 acres on last year. Read More

Rain drives in big crowd at Ford Farm Machinery dispersal

Tue 16 June 2015

Stags On Site sales team had a sale to conduct for the 4th week in a row as the run of ‘sunshine’ sales came to an end. Mr Adrian Heard has relinquished his tenancy to concentrate on his ever growing car service and repair business, and instructed Stags to disperse Farm Machinery and Implements. Apprehensive about the poor weather forecast both Stags and the vendor were very pleasantly surprised when an enormous turnout of potential purchasers arrived. Nearly 500 lots were on offer and just under 200 people registered for a buyer’s number. Read More

Hidden Gems at Deer Park Farm

Fri 29 May 2015

Stags On Site Sales team were busy yet again with another sale, this time near Exeter, Kenton at Deer Park Farm. The full range of machinery and farming effects were dispersed on what turned out to be a sunny and pleasant day on behalf of the Administrators of the Estate of the late Mrs J Matthews. Read More

More Grass Keep let but demand down

Tue 26 May 2015

Stags Agricultural departments report an easier trade for Grass Keep this Spring following the kind weather last year. Many farmers have had plenty of silage and hay left over this year and pressure on nearly all commodity prices has not incentivised producers to keep more stock. Read More

Sunshine and crowds at Lower Preston Farm sale

Mon 18 May 2015

Stags on Site Sales team conducted another successful and well attended sale at Lower Preston Farm, Stogumber, Taunton on behalf Jonathon and Rosemary Moorhouse. After taking the decision to change their farming policy Stags were instructed to disperse their farm machinery and farming effects. Read More

Market heating up for farms and land

Mon 30 March 2015

With spring just around the corner, Stags Farm Agency team is reporting early signs of activity in the farms and land market. George Alder, Head of Stags Farm Agency, says that January and February were remarkable busy. Read More

Stantyway Farm sale commands high attendance

Fri 20 March 2015

Stags on Site Sales team conducted another successful and well attended sale at Stantyway Farm, Otterton, Budleigh Salterton. With Mr Martin Williams having made the decision to retire and relinquish the current farm tenancy agreement, Stags were instructed to disperse his farm machinery and farming effects. Read More

Large crowds drawn to Yarmleigh on site sale

Mon 9 March 2015

Stags On Site Sales Spring Machinery sales got off to a great start with a genuine dispersal at Yarmleigh Farm, Sandford, Crediton. The farm has been farmed by brothers John and Tim White for many years, wh Read More

Stags announce new Head of Farm Agency

Wed 14 January 2015

Stags, the South West's largest regional firm of Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Auctioneers with 19 offices across the region, are delighted to announce the promotion of George Alder MRICS FAAV to Head of their Farm Agency department. Read More

Standing straw sales

Thu 11 December 2014

Stags Auctioneers have completed this season's round of On Site Sales of Standing Straw and report prices overall down £15 per acre on last year. Stags have sold a total of 1600 acres across 7 different locations between East, Mid and North Devon. Read More

Variety is the spice of life, they say...

Thu 11 December 2014

Choice is a marvellous thing. When it comes to selling a farm or some land it is important to choose an agent that not only knows the market, but can also offer advice on the most appropriate method of sale, the once that suits your own individual needs. Read More

Line up of tractors

Thu 11 December 2014

Stags On Site Sales team held a complete dispersal of farm machinery on behalf of Mrs S Turner at Quarrystone Farm, Bickenhall, Taunton. The sale included a wonderful line-up of 5 David Brown/Case Tractors causing large amounts of interest from a number of enthusiasts to attend from far and wide. Read More

Sale draws crowds

Thu 11 December 2014

Stags On Site Sales team recently held a very successful sale of farm machinery on behalf of Colin and Helen Copp at Woonton Farm, Holy City, Chardstock who are relinquishing their farm tenancy. Read More

Successful machinery sale

Thu 11 December 2014

Stags Professional Services and On Site Sales departments recently teamed up to let the 180 acre dairy farm at Larkbeare Court, Whimple, near Exeter and recently hold a very successful sale of all the farm machinery and dairy equipment on behalf of Messrs C Pratt & Partners. Read More

Maervale Jerseys to 1650GNS

Thu 11 December 2014

Purchasers attended from 15 Counties with the longest travelled by Messrs S & V Gray from Perthshire, Scotland who purchased 44 lots, when the Maervale Herd of 350 Jerseys was dispersed at Green Farm, Exmouth, Devon for the Skinner Family. Read More

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