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FOR SALE250 DFAM Shares will be sold on Monday 24th SeptemberSold in lots of 25 at 10:45am in the Cast Cow Ring.
Dear Customers, Shareholders and Friends.Press Release below which was printed last week in local and national industry papers of the breaking news for the betterment of DFAM, Vickers & Barrass, and Inspire Solutions
Multi Million Pound Land sale raises cash for new Northern Agricultural Centre and Mart
DFAM, One of the country’s leading livestock markets has completed on a multi-million pound land sale to fund a new state-of-the art agriculture and business centre.
Work can now start on Darlington Farmers Auction Mart’s (DFAM) 80ha (197ac) Humbleton Farm site on the North Western edge of Darlington. The new site, which has been owned by DFAM for over eight years, is a mile out of town on the A68 and adjacent to the A1(M) off junction 58
This comes after the 4 year long awaited deal was exchanged and completed. A significant amount was raised through the sale of farmland on the southern edge of the town yesterday destined for housing. (29 August).
This ends over a 50 year wait to move from the current town centre site at Clifton Road which DFAM have occupied since 1887, to the Humbleton Farm site at Burtree Gate.
A new state-of-the-art Agricultural Auction Centre, will occupy a 10ha plot, with plans for other commercial developments on the remaining 70ha.
Up to 14 internal letting units are planned, as well as meeting rooms and a conference suite.
Design talks with Tyneside-based architect Blake Hopkinson are in “stages of completion”, according to Director and Senior Auctioneer Andrew Armstrong, who told “The Farmers Mart” that DFAM should be trading at the new site in autumn 2019 if all goes as currently planned.
“We are at the stage where the design is 99% finished, contractual elements to the project are currently being completed and we are looking to start construction this autumn (2018),” said Mr Armstrong. “We have had interest from third-party businesses and we can now advance talks with potential clients as we now have the finance raised to fund the new site.”
We have been advised that a 40-week build period could see the site up and running in 16 to 18 months, he added.
DFAM auctioneers targets a 15-20% increase in throughputs in the short term once the site is active due to improved access and parking spaces.
Mr Armstrong said store sheep and cattle throughputs on Monday sales could lift 50% “with a fair wind and over time, the facilities will be capable of handling over 1000 store cattle and 3000 sheep on any one day.
He added: “For years we know there have been farmers not using the current site because of parking and access issues. Vendors in Weardale, Teesdale and from further afield have a journey time of approx. 30-40 minutes at least to get to the edge of town and sometimes the same again to get through the traffic and reach us at Clifton Road. The new Agriculture Sales Centre will eliminate all of that being located on a dual carriage way off the A68 and A1M.
Could I further add our thanks to the parties involved making this deal possible, Darlington Borough Council, Individuals within namely Ian Williams, Guy Metcalf and others council officers, DFAM agent Graeme Blenkinsopp of Wisemove, Richard Heseltine FD of DFAM, all have played a huge part achieving this generational deal for DFAM.
Thanks to all who came and sampled our hospitality at Wolsingham Show on Saturday. We had a great day, the weather held out and craic was fantastic.
Simon Catterall solicitor of Jacksons Law Firm has joined the board of Directors. Simon, who was born and lives locally has been associated with DFAM for more than 12 years advising the company on a variety of matters. Simon is a former CPS prosecutor and is well known in courts and licensing committees throughout the North of England for his candid representation of individuals and businesses at odds with the police and regulatory authorities. He is particularly well known in the National Farmers Union (NFU) and agricultural circles for his excellent advice and service to the northern farming community.
In his spare time Simon is an author, his highly acclaimed debut novel Hob Hole was published in September 2015. He is also a former President of the Tees Valley Law Society and current secretary of the Stan Hollis VC Memorial Committee, his work in connection with the latter greatly contributing to the unveiling of the recent statue outside Stewarts Park.
On behalf of J&A Moralee & Sons, Lumley Riding Farm, Great Lumley, Chester le Steet, DH3 4EXTo be held on Saturday 22nd September at 10.30amDFAM & V&B have been instructed to conduct the dispersal of Combine, Three Tractors, JCB Telehandler, Trailers, Arable & Grassland equipment.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION For details please contact Auctioneers: 01325 464529 or Andrew Armstrong 07766914075 / Andrew@dfam.co.uk
Two of the regions’ most prominent rural Chartered Surveyors, Adam Barrass and David Coulson have joined forces under the banner of Vickers & Barrass to provide comprehensive professional services throughout the North East and Cumbria.
The merger brings 45 years of land agency experience from David Coulson, previously with Sidney Addison, Broadley and Coulson and Addisons, and also the Crook offices under the auspices of Vickers & Barrass Chartered Surveyors. This is a wholly owned subsidiary of Darlington Farmers Auction Mart and which will continue to be managed by Adam Barrass.
Adam and David are both experienced and successful in their own fields in the North East with David also practicing in Cumbria. The growth of Vickers and Barrass will witness the expansion of an already comprehensive range of professional services including commercial and residential estate agency. Adam Barrass commented “by merging with David Coulson we are able to extend our professional services, particularly into the commercial and estate agency sectors throughout the northern counties.
The merger follows the success of Vickers and Barrass since its formation in 2012 with the business having increased turnover and profit year on year. Vickers and Barrass is a progressive firm of independent agricultural property consultants and rural surveyors. Harry Vickers and his family have maintained a presence in Tow Law for 140 years which is set to continue.
The expansion also comes at a time when the parent company Darlington Farmers Auction Mart is proceeding with the development of Humbleton Park into a new auction mart and associated facilities. The new market is fronted by the main A68 road just off the A1. A permanent land agency office is to be incorporated in the new complex with further expansion of services envisaged.
Andrew Armstrong Company Director and Auction Market Manager commented “these are exciting times ahead for the company as a whole and the growth of Vickers & Barrass over the last few years has been a successful addition to the DFAM brand. The addition of David Coulson and his team can only strengthen the position of Vickers and Barrass as land agents and rural chartered surveyors. This merger points us in the direction where we can provide a one stop shop for new and existing customers”.
David Coulson commented “I am looking forward to working with Adam, Andrew and the associated staff. There are significant opportunities ahead and we are all proactive with our professional work in these ever changing and challenging times.
Vickers and Barrass Chartered Surveyors offer a full range of property and land agency services. These include: estate agency, surveys (including structural surveys) and valuations, property management, planning and development matters, insurance agency, farm business consultants and land agency. For more information please visit ww.vickersandbarrass.co.uk or contact your nearest Vickers and Barrass office
Shares are available at the current market value; why not invest in our forward thinking and progressive company. Please contact Andrew Armstrong: 07766 914075 or Richard Heseltine: 07522 960674
Darlington Farmers Auction
Mart Co Ltd, Clifton Road,
Darlington, Durham, DL1 5DU.
Tel: 01325 464529
Fax: 01325 384282