Auctioneers: Elwyn Davies, Peter Kingwill & John Rossiter
Report on trade: Paul Burden’s decision to restructure his farming enterprise by putting the arable side of his business out to contract, thereby allowing him to concentrate on his livestock enterprise drew us to the parish of Bearsted for our third on farm auction sale of the spring/early summer. Hobbs Parker were pleased to receive instructions to conduct a farm dispersal sale of the surplus machinery and equipment and immediately set wheels in motion to invite additional items that would supplement Paul’s extensive range of heavy cultivation equipment, produce a catalogue that would present a full and varied range of farm machinery and a good spread of miscellaneous items to hopefully attract a good many farming clients.
First on board was Morris Contract Services from Brede who were also looking to liquidate surplus items from their implement stock. Likewise other farmers and contractors local to the area committed to the sale and submitted entries that produced a catalogue of some 500 lots of machinery consigned by over forty different vendors.
The exceptional size of some of the equipment offered together with the lack of livestock items and general “Saturday buyer” miscellany probably contributed to the lower than usual turnout. Although the attendance figures were down on our previous Saturday sales, bidding registrations included our usual following of machinery buyers, with representatives of the trade from East Anglia and the home counties joining local farmers all hoping to catch the eye of the auctioneer.
The sale of items off the farm was conducted through one ring, commencing with a number of workshop tools and miscellaneous items to get the crowd warmed up before moving on to the serious business being the sale of the implements and machinery. Selling to a specialist audience it was apparent that any underlying export trade was almost non-existent and the prices achieved gave a clear indication that the second hand machinery market, like the rest of British farming is experiencing difficult times.
The Hobbs Parker Auctioneers ‘on farm’ team are now looking forward to our next fixture on the calendar which is the now traditional Chilli Farm, Dover, machinery sale on Saturday 26th September.
Selected prices of items both off the farm and entered by permission included
John Deere 7530 tractor ’60’ reg – – – £31,000
John Deere 6930 tractor ‘07’ reg – – – £21,000
Case CS94 4wd tractor ‘Y’ reg – – – £10,500
JCB 310S pivot steer Telehandler ‘10’reg – – £20,000
John Deere 3420 Telehandler – – – £4,050
John Deere HPX diesel Gator – – – £4,600
Kawasaki 410 Mule – – – – £3,200
Bailey grain trailer – – – – £11,250
Wootton 14 ton high speed grain trailers to – – £6,500
Tri axle 30ft trailers to – – – – £3,800
Ifor Williams flatbed trailers to – – – £3,200
RMH mixer feeder wagon – – – – £4,000
Sumo Trio 3 cultivator – – – – £9,600
Sumo Quatro 4 cultivator – – – – £8,000
Simba 3B disc harrow – – – – £2,900
Cousins folding ring rolls – – – – £2,200
John Deere 592 Rotoflow round baler – – £7,900
New Holland 575 conventional baler – – £3,000
Teagle 8080 bale shredder – s to – – – £4,500
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.