“It was probably the coldest sale I have ever carried out,” summarised Cheffins agricultural auctioneer Oliver Godfrey
“It was probably the coldest sale I have ever carried out,” summarised Cheffins agricultural auctioneer Oliver Godfrey, describing an on-farm sale held near Market Rasen in mid-December on behalf of Joseph Nickerson Farms. Pictured during Cheffins’ coldest sale of the year are auctioneers Bill King and Oliver Godfrey taking bids on the Challenger rubber-tracked crawler.
More than 300 lots were on offer due to a change in farming policy, including modern tractors, combine harvesters and potato harvesting equipment, and, although temperatures remained below -3C all day, the attendance was very good, including buyers from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and all over England including the south-west, and there was strong demand resulting in excellent prices achieved. “With lots fetching from just 10 up to 170,000 it was a proper dispersal sale with something for everyone,” commented Oliver.
“Trade was very good and reflected the quality of the lots on offer. The wet autumn has meant we have seen reduced demand for min-till machinery but, conversely, ploughs are selling extremely well. Farmers are taking the opportunity to stock up with kit for heavy, wet ground and the price achieved for the 2006 drill was fantastic,” explained Oliver.”New kit represents a major investment and we are seeing farmers more inclined now to look at good used genuine machinery as an alternative. An on-site sale like this one allows prospective buyers to see where the equipment has been working and we know that the farm manager was busy showing crops which had been established with the drill to interested farmers before it sold.”
Oliver commented that although the wet autumn had a significant effect on sales of cultivation equipment, the dry spring of last year has meant increased interest in equipment for irrigation and at the sale, five-inch irrigation pipes averaged approximately 60 each. Reels too, were in demand – a 2002 Wright Rain Rainmaker G5D 110/420 irrigation reel and drum selling for 4,200.
Those attending included a mix of farmers as well as representatives from the trade and Cheffins had its on-line bidding system i-bidder in operation. “It has taken a while for people to become confident using i-bidder, but more buyers are registering for it now and liking it, and it is being used more. The bids coming through on-line helped the sale, it was used by farmers and dealers, and some of the tractors were purchased by on-line bidders.”
“It was a very good sale for late in the season,” said Oliver. “Despite the cold it was very enjoyable, a very successful day with some top prices and a very pleased vendor. The number of on-site sales has reduced but they tend now to have more on offer, containing very good equipment.”A brace of Track Marshall steel-tracked crawlers, one a 120 model and the other a 135, both complete with rear linkage and front weight blocks, sold for 1,500 and 4,000 respectively, both to end users.
There were plenty of lots on offer for potato growers and this 2008 Herbert System 1800 Contractor 11 grader with a 10t hopper, cross conveyor, grading module, seven row star wheel cleaner and 40mm sizing web sold for 62,000. The accompanying Herbert box filler made 11,500.
According to auctioneer Oliver Godfrey, ploughs are in strong demand after the wet autumn. This Lemken Vari-Diamant 7L 100 8f reversible on-land plough complete with hydraulic vari-width and press arm dating from 2002, and in good condition, sold for 13,000. A Kuhn Multi-Master 121 5f reversible plough made 4,000.
Used Bailey trailers always sell well and four were on offer including three 14t tandem axle tippers, all with hydraulic tailgates, sprung drawbars and rollover sheets, dating from 2001, 2005 and 2009. Prices achieved were 9,000 for the 2009 model (pictured), 6,800 for the 2005 trailer and 6,100 for the older 2001 manufactured trailer.
With many farms having more spring drilling to do this year, this 2006 model Vaderstad Rapid A600S System Disc trailed hydraulic folding 6m drill is likely to see action soon. In very clean condition, and with considerable interest from buyers prior to the sale, the winning bidder had to part with 32,500.
The newest crawler in the sale was this Challenger MT765C, which carried a Peacock and Binnington dealer sticker. It was registered on a 10-plate, had worked 2,261 hours and was fitted with a Cat Autoguide guidance system and front weights. The winning bid was from a farmer, the Challenger selling for 96,000.
In superb condition, with just 661 recorded hours and carrying an 11-plate, this 2011 model JCB 527-58 materials handler with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer, on 380/75R20 tyres and equipped with pallet tines sold for 30,800. Also on offer was a 2005 Merlo 34.7 with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering and 3,300 recorded hours. It sold for 16,200.
This 2011 Claas Lexion 760 rotary combine was fitted with the Laser Pilot steering system, and came with a V900 Vario header with an oilseed rape extension. Tyre equipment was 900/60R32 fronts and 600/55R26.5 rears and the combine was registered on a 12-plate. Engine hours were 480 and drum hours 328. The Lexion achieved the highest price of the day at 170,000, and was sold to an end-user.
This Scanstone RGS4215-WD Potato Systems trailed de-stoner with steering axles for 72 inch beds was new in 2011, and sold for 18,800. Other planting equipment included a Grimme GL32B mounted two-row planter, new in 2010, and which sold for 11,000..
Probably the most unusual lot on offer was this 2009 Grimme Varitron 200 self-propelled potato harvester. On a 59-plate it had worked 1,092 hours. It was fitted with a KSA75-2 front haulm topper, had double multi-separator cleaning, a 635mm drive track, and windrowing capability. The Varitron was sold to a Yorkshire farmer after the sale for 155,000.More sales to come…
Cheffins has two more sales arranged for early 2013; one on the 13th February in Norfolk offering a combine, tractors and machinery from a 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) farm, and one on the 12th March in Cambridgeshire, on a smaller farm, which includes some horticultural equipment.