High prices achieved at Northwold dispersal sale

A dispersal sale at Northwold in south-east Norfolk, resulting from the retirement of the Eyles family from farming and engineering, featured a wide selection of extremely attractive lots which achieved excellent results for the vendors. David Williams was there.

The sale was arranged by Brown & Co. “It was a pleasure to be instructed on such a genuine dispersal sale on behalf of the Eyles family who have now retired from active farming, with the farm currently on the market through our King’s Lynn office,” explained Brown & Co partner and agri-business consultant, Simon Wearmouth. “The attraction was far and wide for this sale, which included all lots from the farming business of B A Eyles & Sons, in addition to the contents of the engineering workshop operated by brother Steven Eyles on the farm. It was complemented by entered lots from local arable and livestock farmers.

Star attractions

Lots which generated most interest were a Briggs Irrigation Pump, a 2010 Massey Ferguson 7480, a 2012 Claydon Hybrid 4.8m Drill, a 2003 Twose TS525 hedge cutter, a 2017 JCB 541-70 Agri-Pro handler, a Case 1845C Uni-Loader skid-steer, and a 2014 Ford Ranger XLT, as well as two vintage tractors – a 1956 International BTD6 Crawler and a 1963 Fordson Super Major. One of the included lots – a 1999 Fendt 515C tractor – also far exceeded expectations. 

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Buyers country-wide

Lots sold found new homes across East Anglia and as far away as Cornwall, the Scottish Highlands, across to Kent and well into Wales.  “The family was very happy with the results achieved and overwhelmed by the number of supporters and well-wishers at their sale,” confirmed Simon.

This Fordson Super Major had been on the farm since it was new in 1963. It had a guarded flat-belt drive pulley, rear linkage and drawbar, and was on 12.4-11-36 rear tyres which had plenty of tread but were slightly perished. It still carried its JJ Wright & Son, Dereham dealer stickers and had recorded 9,527 hours. The winning bid was £5,000.
The Massey Ferguson 6475 Dyna-6 was new in 2007 and carried its Chandlers supplying dealer stickers. It had a 40kph transmission, three rear spools, a pick-up hitch, front linkage and PTO, one front spool, cab and front axle suspension, and it was on Good Year 18.4R38 rear tyres with 80% tread and BKT 380/85R28 front tyres with 90% tread. Registered on an 07-plate and with 7,202 hours recorded, the tractor was in superb order and sold for £23,500.
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The 2010 Massey Ferguson 7480 Dyna-VT, with CVT 50kph transmission had worked 7,544 hours and remained in excellent order. It had cab and front axle suspension, and a front linkage and PTO. With Isobus connectivity it could work with the latest implements. The rear tyres were BKT 580/70R38 and the fronts were 480/70R28 of the same brand – all with 90% tread. Registered on a 10-plate, the tractor carried its original Chandlers dealer stickers and sold for £27,300.

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