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FROM new appointments to legal matters, there's plenty going on in the North's farming community: North East Livestock Sales has appointed Andrew Brown to the role of fieldsman and auctioneer at Acklington Auction Mart.

Manager Colin Smith said: "We are delighted to welcome Andrew back to Acklington. He is well known in the area to farmers and brings with him an extensive knowledge of both livestock and farm machinery marketing."

Andrew returns to Acklington after spending several years working in Shropshire for a livestock auctioneering business where he regularly sold livestock and machinery as well as graduating from Harper Adams University's auctioneer's course in 2014.

Andrew said: "I'm very pleased to be back at Acklington working with farmers and producers who I have grown up with in the North East. One of my first duties will be organising the spring collective machinery sale on March 5, which attracts buyers from all over the UK."

Entries are still accepted for this important sale and you can contact Andrew on 07818 552555 or at the mart office.

Youngs RPS Emma Fairbairn from the Alnwick office of rural property specialists, Youngs RPS, says landowners should consider their options as Government plans to upgrade the A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham in Northumberland gather momentum. "We are already getting calls from worried farmers and landowners with letters announcing plans for environmental surveys and other works," Emma said.

She adds: "This is just the start of a long and complex process, so we have compiled a rough guide to show how it works, listing some of the most important considerations and providing some top tips for owner and occupiers."

Some issues to be considered: Compensation for land taken For owners who have land taken the sum paid is based on market value. Knowledge of local land values is essential in presenting comparable evidence and ensuring the best possible price is achieved. Impact on retained land This relates to the depreciation in value of retained land due to the scheme. It covers issues such as increased fencing liabilities, additional costs of working the land due to it being split from the main holding or issues such as interference with sporting rights. There may be options to claim here that some farmers won't have thought of. Disturbance Usually the commonest grounds for a claim. Typical examples relate to crop damage and loss, costs associated with rounding up and moving livestock, loss or injury to livestock, damage to drainage systems, even additional cleaning costs or payments for time spent in meetings and on the phone, legal and surveyors fees. Keeping a diary detailing time spent on organisational tasks relating to the scheme can prove invaluable in calculating disturbance claims. Mitigation Accommodation works such as bridges and underpasses to connect severed land, fencing and gates, relocation of water supplies and drains, noise insulation and double glazing can all be requested as a part of the process. Early assessment is advantageous.

Other issues that need careful consideration include post scheme opportunities, farm tenancies, reinstatement of land and additional claims.

Emma Fairbairn can be contacted on 01665 606800, email emma.fairbairn@youngsrps.com

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Date:Feb 27, 2016
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