Keep up to date with the latest Stags news.

Land seen as a green asset

Fri 21 January 2022

Currently, land use in the United Kingdom is undergoing a major review due to change in UK agricultural policy and global focus on biodiversity loss and climate change. George Alder, Head of Stags Farm Agency, examines how this has affected the farms and land market across the South West. Read More

The Farming Investment Fund - What you need to know

Thu 18 November 2021

Defra has now announced details of the long-anticipated Farming Investment Fund. The scheme is made up of two separate funds which will provide grants to improve productivity and bring environmental benefits. Stags is holding a webinar to provide further information about these grants and to answer any questions you may have regarding this funding. Read More

Adding value prior to selling your Farm or Land

Fri 12 November 2021

Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency outlines some key things to consider if you are thinking of selling your farm or land which could help add value to your property and ensure the sale proceeds smoothly. Read More

New addition to expanding Cornish Farm Agency Department

Tue 9 November 2021

Following his recent graduation from the University College of Estate Management, Stags is delighted to announce the internal promotion of George Olver from a negotiator in Truro’s Residential Department to Graduate Surveyor in the Cornwall Farm Agency Department. Read More

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to report on the successful sale of spectacular Mid Devon farm

Mon 18 October 2021

Lower Woodburn Farm, a very attractive and private grass land farm in East Anstey has recently been sold through Stags Farm Agency. Read More

Sale of North Devon farm proves strength in the 2021 farms and land market

Mon 11 October 2021

The sale of Easter Ground Farm has recently completed through Stags Farm Agency after being brought to the market at the end of April 2021. Read More

Torrential weather fails to dampen trade at large farm machinery sale!

Thu 7 October 2021

Stags’ Auctioneers continued their busy Autumn by conducting yet another very successful farm dispersal sale on behalf of Messrs TJ & CA Jakins of New Barton Farm, Wembury, Plymouth which overlooked the English Channel. Read More

National audience watches online as Devon Dairy farm disperses

Tue 5 October 2021

Stags’ Auctioneers’ conducted yet another very successful farm sale at Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple on behalf of Mrs J Waldron where many modern farm machines were offered for sale both by traditional onsite auction as well as online via webcast auction. Read More

Is the fabric of the South West changing?

Thu 23 September 2021

Recently, there has been press coverage stating that the fabric of rural areas throughout the UK has been changing due to urban-based buyers purchasing farms and land for a rural lifestyle change. Stags Farm Agency team decided to review the sales agreed over the last 12 months to consider whether there has been any substantial change in buyers. Read More

Farms and Land Market Update

Fri 17 September 2021

At the start of this year there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding what type of market we would find for farms and land in 2021. However, what Stags Farm Agency has actually seen is that the market today is one of the fastest moving farms and land markets we have seen for some time. Read More

A busy month for Stags Farm Agency

Thu 9 September 2021

Stags Auctioneer and Farm Agent Andrew Ranson reports on the past month, including the continued high demand for farms and land, notable recent sales and exciting new instructions. Read More

Record Result for Stags’ Recent Online Auction of East Devon Farm

Mon 16 August 2021

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to report on the successful online auction of Wolversleigh Farm in Sidbury, Devon. Read More

Devon Farm Dispersal Sale draws National Interest

Mon 9 August 2021

Stags Auctioneers report a very strong trade for machinery at the dispersal sale at Pithayes Farm, Whimple on Saturday 31st July. Read More

Residential farms and amenity land all highly sought-after

Fri 6 August 2021

Andrew Ranson, Stags Auctioneer and Farm Agent, discusses the continued demand for farms and land, notable recent sales, and exciting new lots reaching the market shortly. Read More

Sun shone bright for South Cornwall Farm Dispersal

Wed 21 July 2021

Find out the latest trade and highlights from Bolitho Barton Farm farm dispersal Read More

Demand for Rural Property Continues at Pace

Fri 9 July 2021

Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency discusses both the recent sales and the exciting opportunities new to the market Read More

Exceptional East Devon farm launching to Online Auction soon

Thu 8 July 2021

Privately situated East Devon farm with exceptional views to the Jurassic Coast over the Sid Valley comes up for sale by Online Auction Read More

Farm and Land Market – cautious optimism for 2021…

Wed 23 June 2021

Before most of us had heard the word COVID there were concerns that Brexit may have had a negative impact on the demand for farms and land, and as a result on land values. After analysing the sales that Stags Farm Agency have been involved with during 2020 and the first half of 2021 the opposite has been true. Read More

£1.75million of Machinery Sold in First Quarter, Stags Auctioneers’ Report

Thu 6 May 2021

Despite lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, Stags Auctioneers’ report their third collective online timed auction of tractors, vehicles and excavators, farm machinery and agricultural sundries, of 2021 to be their most successful sale to date. Read More

High flying prices at online machinery auction

Tue 30 March 2021

Stags Auctioneers have had a busy few weeks conducting numerous auctions across the West Country which is only set to continue. The team is delighted to report on a few recent highly successful Online Timed Auctions of tractors, vehicles and machinery. Read More

Traditional farm with an abundance of charm and appeal sells in Somerset

Fri 26 March 2021

Farms with such abundance of charm and appeal as Washers Farm are rarely available to purchase, so when Stags Farm Agency received instruction to offer the farm for sale on behalf of the vendors, it was always going to be a particular sales highlight for the team. Read More

Stags Farm Agency Buying Farms and Land Part 2 & 3

Fri 26 March 2021

So far this week we have posted the first instalment of our farming podcast in which we put your questions to George Alder our Head of Farm Agency and Farm Agent Andrew Dodds. Today we bring you the final two instalments to our first topic with the remaining answers to your questions regarding the process of buying farms and land. Read More

Stags Farm Agency Buying Farms and Land Part 1

Tue 23 March 2021

Recently we asked members of the public via our social media channels to submit any questions they have regarding the process of buying farms and land. This week we put these questions to George Alder our Head of Farm Agency and Farm Agent Andrew Dodds. Read More

Second hand machinery demand remains strong, despite new export barriers

Mon 8 February 2021

Stags Auctioneers report another highly successful Online Timed Auction of tractors, vehicles and machinery and general equipment which closed on Sunday 24 January. Over 600 lots were on offer and 487 of them were sold successfully resulting in a 76% clearance rate. Read More

Land near Culmstock sells in double quick time!

Wed 3 February 2021

Stags Farm Agency are pleased to announce the successful sale of 19.34 acres of land on Blackwater Road, near Culmstock. Read More

South West Farms and Land Review 2020

Wed 20 January 2021

At the start of 2020 we could not have predicted or even imagined the type of year we have experienced. Despite Covid-19 and the background uncertainty for agricultural trading and relationships from 1st January 2021, the farms and land market in the South West has been short on supply and robust on price. Read More

Wonderfully situated residential farm sells in Dartmoor

Wed 16 December 2020

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to announce the successful sale of Sanduck Cross farm, near Lustleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon. Read More

Online machinery sale…over £850,000 worth of bids placed

Wed 9 December 2020

Online auctions have grown in popularity this year, with convenience and ease of bidding seeing this method set to stay. Our latest sale, held in November, has yet again received record numbers of entries and bids. Read More

Diverse farm with established holiday business sells in Somerset

Tue 8 December 2020

Stags Farm Agency department is pleased to announce the successful sale of Walkers Farm, near Stoke St Gregory in Somerset. Read More

Mid Devon dispersal sale exceeds all expectations

Wed 30 September 2020

Stags auctioneers report a flying trade for all the machinery and equipment at the dispersal held on behalf of Messrs AL Baker & Son at Chapelhaies Farm, Bradninch near Exeter last Wednesday 23 September. Read More

How to sell farmland in 6 simple steps

Tue 1 September 2020

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

Record Online Machinery Sale...18 tractors & 2 combines sold

Tue 1 September 2020

A record online timed machinery auction for Stags, with over 375 lots of farm, plant and commercial machinery and other items sold via our online auction platform.  Read More

250 acre farm to rent reveals pent up demand

Tue 1 September 2020

A rare opportunity was available recently with Stags inviting tenders to rent Pithayes Farm near Whimple as a whole or up to five lots for various parcels of land and/or buildings with the owners offering a 3-year Farm Business Tenancy with BPS Entitlements transferred to successful applicant(s). Read More

What to expect when you sell a farm or land through Stags

Thu 20 August 2020

As the decision to sell a farm or block of land is usually the result of careful consideration, it is important to use an agent who can understand your reasons and guarantee the best possible outcome. Read More

Top Tips Series: Reasons to buy land

Wed 12 August 2020

Throughout 2020 Stags Farm Agency Department has continued to experience strong demand for all types of land, large and small. So, why do people to buy land? Read More

Government to cut red tape for farmers as they plan for 2021

Thu 30 July 2020

Farmers in England are set to benefit from a reduced administrative burden next year, as the government plans to end the need to comply with the EU-delivered so-called greening requirements and begin the move towards our new Environmental Land Management scheme, which will deliver greater benefits for the environment. Read More

Your feedback is needed – act now to have your say on future farm policy

Wed 15 July 2020

The Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is the new agricultural policy for England. Defra have recently re-launched a consultation with the aim of helping to shape the future of the scheme in England. The discussion will remain open until Friday 31 July 2020. Read More

Top Tips Series: Buying a larger farm

Thu 2 July 2020

At Stags, we often see farmers facing a common dilemma when considering buying a new farm - you don’t want to risk selling up until you’ve found something else to buy, and when the ideal farm finally comes to market you aren’t in a position to proceed. Here Stags Farm Agent Andrew Dodds offers his tips to those thinking of buying a larger farm or moving areas. Read More

Residential vs commercial farms: what’s in a name?

Wed 24 June 2020

The difference between residential and commercial farms is key when it comes to selling up, says Stags Head of Farm Agency, George Alder. Read More

Stags online timed machinery and equipment auctions soar in popularity

Tue 2 June 2020

While conventional machinery and equipment auctions have been postponed across the country, Stags’ Online Timed Auctions have continued to go from strength to strength Read More

Update: Basic Payment Scheme 2020

Tue 2 June 2020

As confirmed at the end of April the government have extended the deadline for Basic Payment Scheme Applications in 2020 to the 15th June to submit an application without penalty. Read More

Land to Rent

Tue 2 June 2020

We are offering two areas of land for rent under Farm Business tenancy arrangements. Read More

The value of local knowledge

Mon 11 May 2020

Selling a block of productive farm land with good road links in east Devon was always going to result in a competitive sale. But the value of local knowledge of the land market in the area certainly helped Stags to exceed our clients (and our!) expectations. Read More

Another route to success

Wed 6 May 2020

Head of Farm Agency George Alder discusses the potential benefits of selling off-market. Read More

Online Auction takes centre stage as public auctions cease

Tue 14 April 2020

Stags’ report that their most recent Online Timed Auction which finished last week had over 240 lots of farm, plant and commercial machinery along with other associated items and was their most successful online sale yet. Read More

Farms & Land market update: April 2020

Wed 1 April 2020

Spring this year is very different from what we will have all expected, over the last few weeks, our personal and business lives have seen dramatic changes to combat the Coronavirus outbreak. Read More

Stags auctioneer achieves top grades at Harper Adams University

Thu 20 February 2020

Stags Auctioneer Harvey Pile has been named the top graduating student by the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association and Harper Adams University. Read More

A review of the South West farms and land market

Mon 3 February 2020

Stags Head of Farm Agency, George Alder, reflects on the 2019 farmland market and looks ahead to what the future might hold. Read More

Farm sales: when to divide and conquer and when to sell as a whole

Wed 27 November 2019

Andrew Dodds of Stags Farm Agency discusses the pros and cons when it comes to dividing farms into smaller lots and selling as a whole. Read More

Farm diversification: food for thought post 2021

Fri 25 October 2019

With farm subsidy payments set to reduce after 2021, diversification could be an opportunity to boost incomes and help future proof farms. Andrew Lawes of Stags Professional Services sets out his top four considerations for farm diversification. Read More

Oh I do like to farm beside the seaside

Mon 21 October 2019

North Warcombe Farm in Lee, North Devon boasts a spectacular and unique backdrop and is for sale with Stags Farm Agency. Read More

Exeter businesses require land to create woodland for carbon offsetting

Wed 16 October 2019

Stags Farm Agency has been contacted by a number of Exeter-based firms seeking land to purchase for the creation of woodland in order to offset the company’s carbon footprint. Read More

Whitchurch School triumph at Goose Fair Open Day

Mon 14 October 2019

As part of this year’s open day at Tavistock Livestock Centre, Stags held a decorated goose competition with the winning school being awarded a cash prize of £100. Read More

Annual sheep breeding sales resume this autumn

Thu 29 August 2019

As autumn fast approaches the Stags Agricultural Sales team turn their attention to the upcoming annual sheep breeding sales. Read More

Farm buyers: who are they and what do we know about them?

Wed 17 July 2019

Andrew Dodds of Stags Farm Agency department discusses the pattern of farms and land buyers in the first half of 2019. Read More

Farms and Farmland market update

Thu 20 June 2019

Stags Farm Agent Andrew Ranson discusses land sales achieving high returns. Read More

99 acres in the Blackdown Hills

Mon 15 April 2019

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to announce that they have been instructed to sell just over 99 acres near Upottery in the Blackdown Hills. Read More

South West farms and land market: the statistics

Thu 4 April 2019

Stags Farm Agent George Alder MRICS looks for trends in the South West farms and land market over the last 10 years. Read More

Waterbrooks Farm: a hidden gem on the edge of Exmoor

Wed 20 March 2019

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to be selling Waterbrooks Farm in North Devon.  Read More

RPA announces BPS and CSS application dates for 2019

Mon 11 March 2019

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services in Cornwall outlines the key dates landowners should be aware of in 2019 as set out by the RPA. Read More

The South West farmland market: a round-up 

Thu 28 February 2019

Stags Farm Agent Andrew Ranson discusses recent trends in the South West farmland market. Read More

Woodn’t it be nice to own a forest?

Wed 20 February 2019

Stags Land Agent Andrew Ranson offers his advice for anyone thinking of branching out into woodland. Read More

Stags sells three Devon farms in three months

Thu 24 January 2019

Stags Farm Agency department sells three farms across Devon, all in quick succession, reports head of department George Alder. Read More

Buying and selling grass keep in 2019

Thu 24 January 2019

With the start of the 2019 grazing season fast approaching, now is the time to think about your grass! Read More

Book your free market appraisal with Stags Farm Agency

Mon 21 January 2019

How can Stags Farm Agency help you stay one step ahead this year? Read More

Dartmoor smallholding sells to local family business

Wed 16 January 2019

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to announce the sale of a Dartmoor smallholding to a family-run business. Read More

Another successful year for Stags On Site Sales 

Tue 4 December 2018

For Stags On Site Sales team, 2018 has been a very busy and exciting year with 41 machinery sales both on site and online. Read More

The South West land market in 2018: what we know now

Tue 27 November 2018

Andrew Dodds of Stags Farm Agency discusses the South West land market in 2018. Read More

Share Farming Agreements: The Basics

Fri 23 November 2018

Andrew Lawes discusses how share farming agreements can be a flexible tool to help businesses transition through Brexit, disappearing BPS payments, emerging Environmental Land Management Schemes and retirement. Read More

Stags online fodder sales set to return this autumn

Mon 12 November 2018

Following the success of last year, Stags is set to hold more online timed auctions of fodder this autumn and winter. Read More

The South West land market: an autumn update

Wed 29 August 2018

George Alder of Stags Farm Agency considers the year so far and discusses what we can expect for the rest of 2018. Read More

Discover a new way to sell at The West Country Sales Centre

Thu 7 June 2018

Following the success of Stags’ online timed auctions, online sales are fast becoming an integral part of the new West Country Sales Centre at Willand. Read More

Occupancy arrangements: are you missing a trick?

Tue 29 May 2018

Will Smaldon of Stags Professional Services outlines the measures farmers must take to benefit from inheritance and capital gains tax relief. Read More

Brexit: a chance to shape farming policy

Mon 14 May 2018

Alex Stevens of the National Farmers’ Union takes a long, hard look at the impact of Brexit on the rural economy. Read More

How to Brexit-proof your farm

Thu 3 May 2018

Stags Senior Surveyor, Lydia Cox, offers her advice on how to help your farm prosper as we approach Brexit. Read More

Stags opens the West Country Sales Centre

Mon 5 March 2018

Stags has opened a new facility for auctioning machinery and other kit, called the West Country Sales Centre. Read More

What does 2018 hold for the farmland market?

Wed 28 February 2018

If farm and land sales in 2017 can be described as ‘better than expected’, what does 2018 hold for the farmland market? Read More

The region’s first ever online fodder sale produces good results

Tue 20 February 2018

Stags’ online fodder sale, which was the first of its kind in the West Country, has proved popular, selling more than 800 bales of fodder. Read More

Stags’ latest online machinery sale goes national

Tue 20 February 2018

Stags’ latest online machinery sale attracted strong interest from as far as Edinburgh. Read More

New Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme available to farmers

Thu 8 February 2018

The new Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is now available for farmers in England to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farms. Read More

A first for fodder sales in the South West

Wed 24 January 2018

Stags Estate Agent has launched the West Country’s first ever online fodder sale to provide a digital platform for farmers and landowners. Read More

Dispersal sale exceeds expectations at Dulford Nurseries

Wed 20 December 2017

Stags auctioneers conducted the full dispersal sale of Dulford Nurseries, where more than 20,000 trees and shrubs were sold. Read More

Five ways to let your land

Mon 18 December 2017

Considering letting your land? Here are five options to consider. Read More

Countryside Stewardship in 2018

Thu 14 December 2017

The New Year will bring important changes to the Countryside Stewardship programme. Read More

Land rental market stands strong

Wed 29 November 2017

Stags Chartered Surveyor, Lydia Cox, discusses why the West Country land rental market is standing strong through uncertain times. Read More

What does Brexit mean for the British lamb industry?

Wed 29 November 2017

Stags Auctioneer and Markets Manager, Chris Clapham, discusses the future of the lamb industry post-Brexit. Read More

East Devon land sells in record time

Wed 8 November 2017

Stags Head of Farm Agency, George Alder, discusses the high demand for East Devon land. Read More

Dartmoor farm sells to South East buyer

Thu 26 October 2017

A farming family from West Sussex are the proud new owners of a small farm on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Read More

Dispersal sale produces excellent results

Mon 2 October 2017

Following the tragic death of a popular farmer, a dispersal sale at Berry Farm in Devon received unprecedented interest. 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?

Wed 7 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

Everything you need to know about BPS

Mon 5 June 2017

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

Cornish spring farmland market update

Mon 5 June 2017

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

An update from our livestock centres

Sun 4 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

Wed 10 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

Mon 8 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

Sat 22 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

Wed 5 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?

Tue 25 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

Sun 23 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

Sun 16 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

Wed 12 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

Tue 11 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

Mon 10 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

Tue 13 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

Tue 12 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!

Tue 5 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

Stags Farm Agency - a review of 2016 to date

Fri 1 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

Thu 30 June 2016

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

Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

Wed 8 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

Thu 22 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

Thu 15 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

Tue 13 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

Sun 11 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

Tue 29 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

Sun 27 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

Sun 13 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

Thu 10 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

Wed 9 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

Tue 8 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

Mon 7 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

Sun 6 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

Mon 17 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

Thu 13 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

Sun 2 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

Sun 2 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

Standing Straw trade down for second year running

Thu 9 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

Hidden Gems at Deer Park Farm

Thu 28 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

Mon 25 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

Sun 17 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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