Farming News

Farm Stock Valuation

Posted in Farming News on July 17th, 2013 by Jonathan Crowther – Comments Off
Farm Stock Valuation

How do you value farm stock?

Our farming team have issued a guide to help farmers with the tricky valuation of their stock, for the preparation of year end accounts.

The guide covers livestock, crops in store, growing crops and deadstocks. It also explains the complex tax issues of the “herd basis” election.

To see this guide please visit our specialist farm secretarial website

Development land and problems with FBT’s

Posted in Business News, Farming News on July 8th, 2013 by Jonathan Crowther – Comments Off
Development Land

Possible Development Land?


Our farming team are currently dealing with a number of tax issues arising from development opportunities following the relaxation in the planning rules for residential building sites.

If you own land that has any hope value for future development it is important to speak to your Accountant as soon as possible.  Lack of any tax planning can and often does prove costly.  Jonathan Crowther has summarised the position below.

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The Tale of Two Adams!

Posted in Farming News on January 30th, 2013 by Sophie Howard – Comments Off

More than 150 people packed a conference to hear NFU Vice President Adam Quinney and BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson talk about industry issues.

The Pershore conference, dubbed The Tale of Two Adams, was held last Thursday (24 January) and saw both men address delegates before taking questions from the floor.

Crowthers co-sponsored the event with Carver Knowles as usual, but were joined this year by Shakespeares Solicitors.

Adam Henson, who farms near Stow-on-the-Wold, spoke about his background, the influence of his father, Joe Henson MBE, the work at Cotswold Farm Park and his life as a farmer and TV presenter.

Adam, who also presents Lambing Live with Kate Humble, also talked about an American mega dairy he had visited which housed 32,000 cows, bovine tuberculosis and other pressing industry issues.

Adam Quinney, echoed some of Mr Henson’s comments and urged farmers to tell people about their work because the industry could deliver solutions in terms of food, to the environment, cleaner energy, careers, to the economy and much more.

He said “I think it is really important to show that farming can deliver and to talk to them about all of the issues we deal with in the countryside”.


Picture courtesy of Carver Knowles.

In the picture: Jonathan Crowther (Crowthers Chartered Accountants), Ray Foster-Morrison (NFU Group Secretary), John Mercer (NFU Regional Director), Adam Henson (BBC Presenter and Farmer), Peter Snodgrass (Shakespeares Solicitors), Adam Quinney (NFU Vice President) and Andrew Trougton (Carver Knowles).


Crowthers at Worcester Livestock Market

Posted in Farming News on June 13th, 2012 by Jonathan Crowther – Comments Off

Claire and Sophie recently visited the Worcester Livestock Market.

For Claire, coming from a non-farming background (you can probably tell from the wellies!), it was a very interesting morning, seeing firsthand the sheep and cattle sales, with the farmers haggling the prices and the banter between the auctioneers and the buyers.  This certainly gave Claire a further insight into the world of agriculture.

Renewable Energy Schemes

Posted in Farming News on January 19th, 2011 by Sophie Howard – Comments Off
Renewable Energy

 Many of our agricultural clients are considering an investment in renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, solar panels etc and are looking for some independent advice.

We attach an article from David Powell of Fisher German Chartered Surveyors that highlight some of the key issues for farmers and landowners.

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