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2018 Summer Grazing Rights

The 68th sale of Summer Grazing is upon us and also the challenges and changes forced upon us by those powers that be, namely DEFRA and RPA. This is similar to the opening line last year. Nothing has changed except we now have BREXIT and the problems and possible benefit this may bring.


One of the great challenges facing landowners, farmers and graziers is still the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). Additionally, we have to think about the Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS). Lambert & Foster of course are uniquely placed to assist you with these applications and claims even if you do not have a computer. Later in the catalogue we have set out some bullet points relating to BPS, ES and CSS.


As a grazier who occupies the land you will not be able to claim under the BPS on any land you occupy as a licensee. However, you are bound by ALL the Rules of Cross Compliance. A grazier’s action can have a significant impact on a farmer’s or landowners annual BPS claim. The greatest cause of contention and penalties relate to animal movement, tagging, movement records and TB testing.


This sale of Summer Grazing Rights here in East Sussex is, we believe, the oldest known such sale. There are similar sales still held in the West Country and North of England but it is a tradition which is fast dying out. Regulation and red tape is usually cited as the reason for the demise of these sales. Nevertheless, it is our intention to keep tradition alive even if some authorities seem hell bent on doing otherwise.


We look forward to dealing with you for your summer grazing requirements and indeed any other agricultural and rural matters in 2018.


Ted Handley


Mayfield Office 01435 873 999