A late-February farm machinery dispersal sale demonstrated that straight from farm equipment continues to be in strong demand. David Williams reports.
The sale was arranged by Cheffins on behalf of Russell Smith Farms and Cheveley Park Farms, Thriplow, Cambs to dispose of surplus equipment due to a change in farming policy. Both farms were previous clients of Cheffins, and the lots on offer ranged from modern tractors and potato planting, harvesting and irrigation equipment to many older items, but all was well maintained and attractive to end users and trade buyers.
Weather on the sale day was unusually warm and dry for the time of year so many local farmers were making the most of the opportunity to establish spring crops and apply early fertiliser but even so, many found time to attend.
More than 350 lots included something for everyone, explained Cheffins director and auctioneer Oliver Godfrey. “A healthy mix of farmers and dealers attended and it was such a good sale that most stayed until the bitter end,” he said. “Bidding was strong throughout the day, including from over 100 registered bidders on-line; a record for an on-site sale.”
Oliver said demand for specialist potato equipment remains strong, and successful bids were from England, Scotland and Ireland. “Downs products sold well, but the overall highlight was a JCB Loadall with more than 5,000 hours recorded which achieved a fantastic price.
“Irrigation sets including pipework are in exceptional demand as, after the dry summer last year followed by the dry winter, many growers are predicting a severe soil moisture deficit.”
The warm weather meant an on-site ice cream van did a good trade too, and a fly-past by a Spitfire from nearby Duxford Imperial War Museum delighted everyone present.
“It was a really good day, achieving a great result for the two main vendors as well as for those who supplied the ‘included’ lots. Trade as a whole remains very good and we expect strong demand to continue.”
Two similar John Deere 6150R tractors sold well. Furthest from the camera; a 2013 model with AutoQuad Plus 50kph transmission had front axle and cab suspension, air brakes, 4 spools and was on 650/65R38 rear and 540/65R28 front tyres and wheels. It had been on the farm from new and carried a ’13-plate’. Hours worked were 5,776 and it achieved a winning bid of £45,200.
The other 6150R was an AutoPowr 40kph model with front axle and cab suspension, Dagenhart front linkage and PTO, 3 spools, Power Beyond and it was Autotrac-ready. It was on 650/65R38 rear and 540/65R28 front wheels and tyres and carried a ’63-plate’. It had worked 5,516 hours and made £46,200.
A classic Ford 6410 Series 3, 4wd dating from 1990 made £9,400. It had a Super Q cab, front weights and was on 13.6R38 rear and 12.4R24 front tyres. It had worked 12,021 hours and like most of the other tractors had been on the farm from new and was very tidy for its age.
Vaderstad cultivation machinery and drills are always in strong demand and this ‘included’ 10.3m Rexius Twin Press didn’t disappoint, achieving a winning bid of £45,000.