27 February 2017
IACS / SAF 2017
It seems no time since last March and 2016 submissions.
As is fairly well documented, the Scottish Government’s IT system appears to be no better and the agricultural department are still dealing with 2015 claims as well as endeavouring to process 2016.
That said, you may have already received our letter of instruction for 2017 submissions, which we would ask you to sign and return as soon as possible, should you require our assistance with your submission. Demand is expected to be high and we are informed that there will be no extension to the submission period, this year. Therefore, with the time constraints there will be little opportunity to await information.
GRASS LETS 2017
We are now actively negotiating the first of the grazing lets they are likely to be problematic this season due to the lack of demand last year. The downward trend of 2016, we suspect has been halted and it looks like a modest increase in all lets for 2017 will be achievable. Please contact our office for availability or assistance.
BASIC PAYMENT ENTITLEMENT
The market is now open for BPS entitlement trading and it is fair to say that post Brexit, a degree of uncertainty is being experienced. We have various lots of entitlement for sale (without land), further details can be obtained from our office.
We have achieved a very productive first year trading in 2016 having sold 11 properties with 4 due to complete very soon, all sold in excess of the guide price. We are generally seeing a trend of between 10% & 20% over the guide price, with one or two reaching a larger percentage. These have been a wide range of properties from small commercial workshops, lifestyle to farms with large acreage. 2017 has seen us off to a flying start with 4 new properties to the market ranging from farmland to a beautiful lifestyle property in an exclusive gated estate in Musellburgh and we have further properties to come to the market very soon.
Please have a look at our current properties and keep a regular check on our website for more to come.
Thank you everyone for your continued support.