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Machinery lots make strong money at Cambs dispersal sale

An on-farm sale of mostly modern farm machinery in early May by auctioneers Brown & Co was well attended and generated some excellent prices for the vendors. David Williams reports.

The sale at Highfield Farm, Perry, near Huntingdon was on behalf of M Ellerbeck & Co and due to a change in farming policy as the vendor was retiring from large-scale farming. With the exception of a small area of land which was retained by the vendor, the rest had been sold by Brown & Co prior to the machinery dispersal sale.

“The vendor was an existing client of our company and we were especially pleased that many of the prices achieved were well above expectations,” explained auctioneer George Watchorn who is based at the agent’s Melton Mowbray office. “In excess of 200 people attended including a large number of farmers from the local area and trade buyers too – many from the north and north-west. Although there were some excellent lots on offer direct from the farm we also sold quite a number of included lots and some of these were also particularly attractive.”

George said notable results included a 2012 John Deere 6630, bought by a North Yorkshire dealer for £40,000 and a Claas rubber-tracked crawler new in 2000 which went for £24,000 to a dealer in Lincolnshire.

“The combine sold well too, and overall the result proves that after an exceptional 12 months the market remains strong for good quality used machinery. We have many more sales coming up through the year and expect these to be equally successful,” he added.

Highest price achieved at the sale was for this John Deere C670i combine harvester. AutoTrac-ready it also had a straw chopper with electric adjustment of chopper vanes and swath deflectors. It was on 800/65R32 drive tyres, and 480/80R26 rear tyres and was sold with its John Deere 625R header and a Marston header trailer. The 2011 model combine was registered on a 12-plate and had recorded 811 engine hours and 609 drum hours and was in excellent order. It sold for £80,000.
Under the Cat Challenger body panels this was actually a 2000-model Claas 75E crawler. Equipped with a full weight pack, rear linkage and PTO it was on Camoplast 27in tracks. It was registered on a W-plate and had recorded 9,026 hours. A Lincolnshire dealer placed the winning bid at £24,000.
A sale highlight was this John Deere 6630 with 4wd and 40kph PowrQuad transmission. It had 3 manual spools, TLS front axle suspension and was on Firestone 600/65R38 rear and 540/65R24 front tyres. It was new in 2012 and registered on a 12-plate but was barely run in with just 1,904 recorded hours. It sold to a North Yorkshire dealer for £40,000.
At the end of a very successful sale the Brown & Co on-site team is pictured (l-r) Jon Clampin; Beverley Morrison; Laura Rout; George Watchorn; Michael Alexander and James Bailey.


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