Auctioneer: Elwyn Davies
Report on trade:- Large numbers of buyers from throughout the country together with a strong local attendance were attracted to Strode Farm, Herne Bay for an excellent dispersal sale of modern, well maintained arable farm machinery which was offered sold on behalf of Hollamby Estates Ltd. Andrew Brealy and his family had taken the decision to cease active farming in the area and neighbors then also consigned items to the sale. Interest in smart second hand equipment is good and strong, despite current difficult arable prices, and buyers competed well to secure high specification equipment. With cultivation work in full swing demand for an excellent range of tractors and field equipment was particularly sharp and though harvest is over for Kent the combine travelled to Scotland no doubt to continue work for a little while yet. This 2007 Claas Lexion 570 with Terra tracks sold for £80,000 with strong local interest also recognising its clean state and relatively low hours.
A smart run of tractors was led by the 2008 John Deere 8430T tracked tractor realising £72,000. The 2008 John Deere 7830 made £47,500 with a 2006 John Deere 7820 making £41,500. Interest in the older tractors was similarly strong with customers seeing well maintained vehicles with low hours. A 2000 Case International MX150 made £22,100 while a 1996 Case International Magnum 7240 made £23,000. A 1993 Massey Ferguson 398 made £10,000 having spent all its life on the farm. The farm loader, a 2007 Manitou MLT 627, found much interest selling at £25,250 while an old but sound Gem 24 meter self propelled sprayer found many bidders finally selling at £8,500 with the spare wheels and tyres.
Cultivation equipment was very much in demand with buyers from Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and throughout East Anglia to the fore. The farm Kverneland 5 furrow plough made £4,900 and Kverneland 6 furrow plough £4,300. A 1997 Kuhn HR5002 power harrow £8,200 and bigger 1997 Kuhn 6002 power harrow £6,800 followed by the 2006 Kverneland CTC 433 Min-till stubble cultivator £8,500 and 2010 Opico He-Va 820 folding rolls £7,400. Front presses made £2,000 and £1,400 while a Cousins 7 leg subsoiler £4,800, Vicon Rotaflow RO-XL fertiliser speader £1,800 and the 2007 Kverneland MSC 4800 drill £5,200. Despite much of the trailer work now being over demand for a fine range of grain and bale trailers was strong throughout. The Marston flat bed 13 ton trailers made £5,000 and £4,600 and the Marston 11 ton grain trailers to £3,400 and £3,200.
The big crowd at Strode Farm readily took up all the smaller items associated with an arable farm of this nature and the 'entered by permission' items also found much interest and good clearance. The 2009 Merlo P34-7 loader made £26,000. 2003 Massey Ferguson 8220 4wd tractor £10,000, a Kubota L3250 tractor £1,800 and a Massey Ferguson 698 tractor £4,100. Machinery sold included the Opico He-Va ring rolls for £4,700, a Claas Variant 380 round baler £10,000, Reco Gallignani 390 conventional baler £3,100 and a 1999 John Deere 580 round baler £2,700.
Machinery and Equipment Sale - Saturday 31st May 2014 at Headcorn Aerodrome, Shenley Farm, Headcorn - Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Peter Kingwill, Mark Cleverdon, Jon Chapman and John Rossiter
Report on trade : Our latest on the farm auction sale at Shenley Farm followed the same successful format that we have used at Headcorn Aerodrome in the past. Some may recall that 2 years ago in May we were forced to take the necessary step of moving the sale to a later date in the month following incessant spring rainfall that resulted in soggy ground conditions up and down the country. This year the sun shone again and with such fine facilities including a large flat field with a huge car parking field and a catalogue of over 1500 lots consigned from over 140 local sellers, all was set fair for a good days trading.
Because of the large number of lots offered it was necessary, for the first time at Headcorn, to split the days selling into three rings of approximately 500 lots apiece that would run concurrently throughout the day. First up were a selection of new tools, new farming equipment and new examples of rural miscellany followed by a good run of clean timber. The second auction tackled over 500 lots of miscellaneous items starting with a run of second hand garden machinery, the star item here being a John Deere X300R ride on mower that sold for £2800, and the third section comprised the main sale that included the usual array of livestock equipment and farm machinery.
We registered some 545 bidders plus a few regulars who always manage to avoid obtaining a number. In general the trade was fair for most items but lacked spark probably due to the current economic times. The tractor line up comprised fairly old, working models all consigned from local farms but with nothing to get too excited over bidding was a little subdued in this section. The top tractor was undoubtedly a 1994 Case 5140 that struggled to change hands at £7000 and just behind came a very genuine 1977 John Deere 2130 tractor showing just 2271 hours on the clock which made £3750. A 1978 model of the same tractor also fetched a pleasing £3000 while in the vintage section, of the two Fordson Dextas on display one made £1700 and the other £950 The line up of trailers was generally well received and included an incredible line up of 17 Ifor Williams trailers with the top price of £2300 being achieved for a DP120 livestock model. Grain trailers were also sought after and keenly contested for the highlight being a Salop 12 ton with hydraulic tailgate for £4400.
Most of the other implements also received a favourable response and as always at this sale the grassland equipment in particular attracted interest. Selected prices included a McConnel SR15 trailed mower £3600, Krone mower conditioner £1100, Pottinger Eurotop 421N single rake £2525, 2006 Claas Markant conventional baler £6750, Vicon RF125 round baler £5000 and a Welger AP630 conventional baler £4500
Don’t forget our inaugural Vintage Tractor Auction on Thursday 17th July - entries close for this on Friday 27th June.
Our next machinery sale will be the collective sale in Ashford Market on Friday 8th August and this sale includes our annual sale of farm and rural bygones, domestic and trade antiquities. After this we are back out in the fields at Chilli Farm, Coldred for our annual autumn collective for the people of East Kent on Saturday 27th September.
Farm Machinery and Equipment Sale - Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Peter Kingwill and John Rossiter
Report on trade: This sale included a part dispersal sale, due to a farming reorganisation, on behalf of M J Ashworth Ltd and this was supplemented by additional entries of farm machinery and equipment consigned by other farmers local to the area. The high winds and heavy rain early in the morning did not dampen the enthusiasm and the sale was very well attended with the inclement weather probably helping by putting a stop to any plans to undertake ground work for that morning in the south east.
All good clean quality items of machinery sold well with plenty of customers in attendance for the smaller items, particularly the livestock equipment and older bits of machinery. A 2006 Case 280 Magnum 50k tractor from a neighbouring farm topped the prices at £43,500 while a 2008 Toyota 18 SAS forklift off the farm sold well at £6600. Well presented quality trailers were in demand selling up to £8500 for a Rolland 14 ton grain trailer while a 2008 Sumo 3m Trio and Horstine spreader sold well at £8750 while hay making equipment attracted competitive bidding with a Kuhn single rotor hay rake topping the section at £2600.
A good selection of irrigation equipment probably sold beyond expectations with several keen bidders for the irrigation reels and pipes on offer with Perrot 400/110 irrigation reels selling up to £6000. The hardest section on the day was undoubtedly the potato equipment reflecting the general state of the potato industry and the reduction in potato growing on Romney Marsh in particular compared to previous years.
Other top prices included
2009 John Deere 7530 Premium 4w/d tractor - £33,250; 2008 John Deere 6930 Premium 4w/d tractor - £26,500; 2005 John Deere 6920 4w/d tractor - £24,000; 1989 Toyota 20 (5 series) 2000kg forklift - £2,950; Ruscon 14 ton grain trailer - £5,300; Gull 10 ton Rootmaster potato trailer - £4,400; Ifor Williams livestock trailer - £2,000; 25ft Warwick bale trailer - £1,700; 2005 Bogballe KRM M2W fertiliser spreader - £4,250; Lemken No9 Tera disc 3m cultivator - £3,800; Cousins 3m ‘up front’ discs - £3,500; Kuhn TB211 offset flail mower - £1,950; Reco Fella 4 rotor hay tedder - £2,400 and a Claas Volta 52 hay tedder - £2,250.
On Farm Collective Sale - Saturday 18th May 2013 - Headcorn Aerodrome, Shenley Farm, Headcorn, Kent - Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Peter Kingwill, Mark Cleverdon and John Rossiter
Report on trade : Our fourth year of promoting a sale at Headcorn Aerodrome was received most favourably by both sellers and buyers proving that this now annual spring sale has lost none of its appeal for both locals and those further afield. The numbers spoke for themselves with 570 registered bidders between them chasing 1231 lots producing a pleasing result much appreciated by the 131 different sellers on the day. This year we saw 22 more vendors taking items to the sale field than we have seen before, definitely a ‘Popular Sale’.
The large number of lots up for auction necessitated selling in two rings to get through the day in reasonable time with the bidding being both brisk and enthusiastic for most things on offer. A couple of small dispersal sales were incorporated into the days proceeding and contributed to the interest shown in the pre sale catalogue.
Selected prices include: 2010 John Deere 6330 tractor £35,550, 2002 JCB 530/70 loadall £20,000, 2003 Manitou MLT630 telehandler £13,600MF 575 tractor £3700, MF 590 tractor £3650, Ferguson TEF diesel tractor £1650, Ifor Williams livestock trailers TA510G £2900 & DP120 at £2300, Ifor Williams flat plant trailers at £2850 (twice) & £2200, a Garvie threshing machine at £400
Our next on-farm collective sale along similar lines has been arranged to take place at Chilli Farm, Coldred near Dover on Saturday 10th September, we look forward to a similar response from farmers around the area.
Farm Dispersal Sale - Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Peter Kingwill & Mark Cleverdon
Report on trade : Tragic circumstances unfortunately drew us back to the parish of Shoreham for our second on farm auction sale within six months. Hobbs Parker having received instructions to conduct a genuine farm dispersal sale on behalf of the representatives of the late Stuart Williamson.
300 Bidding registrations were made before the start of the sale comprising our strong following of regional machinery buyers supplemented with representatives of the trade from as far away as Cheshire and Norfolk together with farmers from all over the southern counties. Especially evident was a good mix of local farming families from around the Sevenoaks and Westerham areas whose attendance was due to the respect that many held for Stuart.
The catalogue included the usual array of farm machinery with a decent line up of clean, quality grassland equipment that mostly had seen little work and had obviously been well looked after. The sale was supplemented with extra items consigned by neighbours and others resulting in a near 500 lot sale. The auctioneers conducted the sale through one ring commencing with a number of new tools from our regular supplier to get the crowd warmed up before moving on to the miscellaneous items and the livestock equipment before getting around to the serious business of the day, being the sale of machinery off the farm. We then concluded with other items entered by permission, items in the poultry preparation area and lots in-situ around the farm buildings.
Selected prices achieved included Welger RP245 round baler, 2011 - £14800; Welger AP630 conventional baler, 1998 - £4900; Krone Easycut 280CVQ mower - £5800; Krone Swadro 42/13 hay rake, 2006 - £3000; Kuhn GF6401 hay tedder, 2004 - £4200; Kuhn MDS 1131 fertiliser spreader - £2200; Kverneland Taarup 7556 bale wrapper - £3800; Warwick 24ft Bale trailer, 2008 - £4000; Marston 24ft bale trailer, 2007 - £4600; Marston dung spreader, 2004 - £3200.
MF 5445 4w/d tractor, 2006 - £19400; MF 6270 4w/d tractor, 2002 - £16600; JD 26504w/d tractor, 1989 - £9200; Manitou MLT628 loader, 1997 - £9300; MF 2640 4w/d tractor - £4100; MF 135 tractor - £4000
The Hobbs Parker Auctioneers ‘on tour’ team are now looking forward to our next sale on the calendar. Saturday 18th May at our now traditional, Headcorn Aerodrome machinery sale.
Farm Dispersal Sale - Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Peter Kingwill and Mark Cleverdon
Report on trade: Our second on farm auction sale within two weeks was slightly different to the first in that we were in Shoreham near Sevenoaks at the invitation of Mr Gerry Smith to conduct a genuine retirement sale of machinery and equipment. The sale was advertised as such and included the usual array of farm machinery with four useful tractors and a selection of very clean items of grassland machinery that focused the attention and interest of many.
Only a disappointing 230 bidding registrations were made before the start of the sale which mainly comprised local farmers plus our usual following of machinery buyers from all over the southern counties. No doubt others were discouraged by the atrocious weather on the day before and some believing the sale may have been cancelled. Perhaps a timely reminder to one and all to check the Hobbs Parker website where up dated information is always available.
The number of lots catalogued allowed the auctioneers to sell through one ring from start to finish. To kick off our regular supplier of new tools and decorative ironware presented some 150 lots to the assembled bidders but experienced a sticky trade probably due to the absence of casual bidders that are usually attracted to these Saturday auctions yet failed to materialise on this particular day because of the weather. A few assorted lots of miscellaneous followed before we moved on to the dispersal sale proper that most attendees had come to see.
The examples of machinery were some of the cleanest you would find on any farm, ‘barn stored’, ‘done little work’ were among the descriptions that attracted enthusiastic bidding. The four tractors were also sought after models at the right price for many with the Massey in particular attracting serious bidding before the hammer fell to a telephone bidder from Ireland.
Following Gerry’s lots the sale was supplemented by additional lots that included a small dispersal of machinery and equipment from the estate of Chart Stud Farm, Kemsing. The livestock equipment in particular from here looked impressive in the line up and again attracted much interest.
There is no doubt that we were lucky, lucky, lucky with the weather, Gerry certainly knew which day to pick during a period a very wet weather. We got away with, just, was the consensus of opinion from many.
Selected prices include (off the farm) - 1992 Massey Ferguson 398 tractor £9500; 1989 Ford 7810 tractor £6000; 1983 International 956XL tractor £5300 and 1965 Ford 5000 tractor £4200.
Lely Welger RP235 round baler £9000: Lely Lotus Stabilo 600 rake £2400; Lely Rotonde 510 rake £1600; Lely Splendimo 320 disc mower £2200; Shelbourne Contractor Powerspreader £6200.
Marston 8 ton grain trailer £3400 and a Ifor Williams LM126G dropside trailer £2000
Selected prices include (entered by permission) - Marston BT8 bale trailer £3000
Fransgard RV 390 tedder £195; Kuhn Varimaster 520 5F plough £1650; IAE lamb creep feeders to £150; Hay racks to £75; Sheep foot bath £290; Bull pen gates to £190 and Galvanised sheeted gates (2) to £205
Machinery and Equipment Sale - Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Mark Cleverdon and John Rossiter
Report on trade : This was our third visit to Peter Mummery’s Chilli Farm sale site at Coldred near Dover that we had previously used for similar sales in 2009 and 2011. Following an unprecedented year of wet weather which has decimated events up and down the country including such major events as The Great Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk shows and the Badminton and Gatcombe Park horse trails, many declared that they would not have been surprised to have seen an announcement ‘Cancelled due to inclement weather’.
On the day we were undecided as to whether we were lucky or unlucky with the weather, probably a bit of both!. A couple of fair days on Thursday and Friday previous to the sale day allowed many vendors to venture onto the sale field and deliver items. Then on Friday night it rained heavily making access to the site sticky to say the least, necessitating some vehicles having to be towed out after the sale. We were certainly unlucky with the down pour on Friday night yet lucky that it cleared by about 8 o’clock Saturday morning.
With the usual input from, what has now become a regular client base of vendors from the locality, we were very pleased to be able to collate a catalogue that comprised some 600 lots consigned by 115 different sellers, and considering the unsavoury early morning climatic conditions we were somewhat surprised to register a pleasing 330 potential bidders on the day.
As usual the bidding was mixed with some items sought after yet others dismissed and almost ignored by the crowds that followed the two auction rings. Although the number of items presented on the day was lighter than in previous years there is no doubt that an annual sale of this type in this area has proved popular.
Selected prices achieved include:
Ford 1910 tractor - £3000
Massey Ferguson 135 tractor - £2750
Massey Ferguson 35SX tractor - £1020
Ferguson TEF20 tractor - £800
Fordson model N tractor - £750
David Brown 1212 tractor - £1600
Kverneland 4m trailed discs - £1500
Marston 14t grain trailer - £3000
Cooks grain trailer - £1300
Ifor Williams flat bed trailer - £2100
Kubota KX61 mini digger - £6400
Daihatsu Fourtrak Fieldman - £1200
Fuel bowser - £700
Atlas Copco compressor - £1000
Kubota F3560 ride on mower - £2400
Next sale - Saturday 20th October - this is a farm machinery dispersal sale for G J (Gerry) Smith at Cockerhurst Farm, Shoreham, Sevenoaks. In total around 400 varied lots will be on offer plus a consignment of new tools. 10am start - the catalogue is now online
A collective machinery sale will be held here in the market on Friday 16th November
Machinery and Equipment Sale - Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Peter Kingwill, Mark Cleverdon and John Rossiter
Report on trade : This was our second on farm auction sale of the year following the same successful format that we had used at Headcorn back in May of this year where we took the initiative of organising an on farm sale and then throwing an open invitation to potential local vendors. Peter Mummery invited us back to his Chilli Farm sale site that we had used previously for a farm sale in September 2009 and although it was not a dispersal sale Hobbs Parker as auctioneers felt that with such fine facilities being a large flat field with a separate car parking field and adjacent to the main A2 we had the basis on which to build a sale and with the usual input from vendors within the locality we very soon managed to collate a catalogue that comprised over 900 lots.
The sale was open to all and provided farmers and others in east Kent with a golden opportunity to dispose of surplus machinery and equipment that was no longer required and exactly one hundred sellers did just that. Because of the large number of lots offered it was necessary to split the sale into two rings that ran concurrently during the day. The main sale started with a small building materials section that included a good run of clean timber and 180 Heras fencing panels, and this was followed by the usual array of livestock equipment and farm machinery.
We registered some 450 bidders before the sale and there was a pretty even split of the crowd with the second sale ring offering all manner of things under the collective title of miscellaneous items most of which would have been suitable for the Saturday enthusiast or hobby farmer.
The trade was fair for most items but lacked the spark that we had seen at previous sales probably due to the current economic times. Points of interest in the line up included a small dispersal of items for ‘Step Back In Time’ a vintage agricultural festival that included working bygones. Amongst there consignment was a Belarus Progress tractor that attracted the interest of a buyer from Cheshire at £2,900 and a vintage McCormick trailed combine that stayed locally for £400. Top tractor was undoubtedly a Massey Ferguson 690 loader tractor straight off a local farm that attracted interest all the way up to £5,100 and stayed within the parish. Others tractors included a Fordson E27N tractor 1945, fully restored making £2,000 and an early model Fordson Super Major with steel front wheels at £1,920.
The line up of trailers was generally well received, the highlights being an Ifor Williams sheep trailer with a sprung tail ramp at £2,120 and a new sheep trailer suitable for a quad at £660.
Our next machinery sale will be the annual autumn collective sale in Ashford Market on Friday 11th November, catalogue entries for this will close on Friday 21st October.
For further information, help or advice, please call Elwyn Davies on 01233 506246
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