Barbers Rural News

  • Barbers Rural March 2017 Newsletter

    28th FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Barbers Rural's latest newsletter with news, views and featured property for sale.

  • Barbers Rural December 2016 Newsletter

    8th DecemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Barbers Rural Christmas newsletter with news, views and featured property.

  • IHT and Succession Planning - Is there a difference?

    24th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    I am finding more and more often that clients are mistaking Inheritance Tax Planning for Succession Planning.  Certainly a carefully thought out succession plan needs to include prudent tax planning but the two are not the same and I fear that succession planning, particularly in farming, is still not receiving the attention it rightly deserves.

    As most readers will know each UK resident adult has a nil rate tax band for inheritance tax purposes of £325k with an additional new...

  • Are we ready for Brexit?

    24th NovemberPosted by Mike Taylor

    At long last we have the first glimpse at what Brexit might look like and to be honest it does not look too pretty. When I canvassed opinion of my clients and other farmers leading up to the vote, it was clear that about 75% were in favour of leaving, so the result was no surprise to me.  However it took Westminster and the City by complete surprise.

    What voters were not asked is what sort of Brexit they would like.  I think some are now wishing they had been;  what is sauce for the...

  • Price increase from First Milk

    30th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to a report in the Farmers Guardian, last week First Milk chairman, Clive Sharpe, confirmed that the company will increase its September milk prices by up to 1.25ppl.  In a letter to members he said it was the third month running the processor had raised its prices and signalled that there would be a futher increase in October with details being announced at a serices of member meetings later in September.

    Mr Sharpe commented "With the market recovering and having exited our...

  • Failing to plan could mean planning to fail

    30th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    We have all heard the old addage that 'Failing to plan means planning to fail' but are we really listening?  Everyone is talking about succession planning but is anyone actually trying to fathom out what to do?

    Writing in the Farmers Guardian, Helen Gough (Associate in Agricultural and Rural Affairs with MFG Solicitors in Worcester) warns that farmers across the UK could be leaving their children with 'crippling' tax bills after they die.  She goes on to say that complex inheritance...

  • Young Farmers and Brexit

    17th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) have launed a new post-Brexit online survey to ensure young peoples' views are considered as part of a future British Agricultural Policy according to the Farmers Guardian.  The survey, available online, hopes to act as a platform to push forwards the views of the industry's next generation with the NFYFC meets with Defra in October to discuss a new potential British Agricultural Policy.

    The survey of open to all Young Farmers'...

  • What next for UK farming after Brexit?

    1st JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

    The City may be in turmoil at Brexit but while the pound drops and interest rates fall, it may not be all bad for agriculture. While Westminster squabbles over leadership and share prices tumble, long term finance from AMC is at its cheapest in living memory and the weak pound has already shored up lamb prices and is likely to do the same for other farming commodities. Farming did well in the 2008 recession and it is likely to do well again now, it is just a question of at what cost to the...

  • Barbers Rural July 2016 Newsletter

    1st JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    Our latest newsletter with news and views about Brexit, low lending rates from AMC and property for sale.

  • Dairy industry angry at new Government eating guidelines

    17th MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

    The UK dairy industry has responded angrily to new Government eating guidelines that significantly reduce the recommended daily intake of dairy produce, reports the Farmers Guardian.

    The new Eatwell guidelines published by Public Health England recommend that the intake of dairy products should be significantly reduced and should account for just 8% of an individual's daily food intake, down from 12%.  Dairy UK has commented that they are 'baffled' at the change and put the previous...