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t The Clarke & Simpson sale on behalf of Grimston Hall Farm attracted buyers from as far afield as Devon and Yorkshire, as well as many from the local area.

p Stihl chainsaws are always in strong demand, and this one, complete with a handy tool kit and lubricants, went for £120.

A sale during late September on behalf of Grimston Hall Farms Ltd, Suffolk, due to the ending of a tenancy and retirement of the Dawson family, was organised by Clarke & Simpson and the quality of the lots attracted buyers from far afield. David Williams reports. Grimston Hall Farm is at Trimley St Mary, close to Felixstowe and not far from the east coast, but was attended by buyers from as far afield as Devon and Yorkshire and attracted on-line bidders from mainland Europe too. “This was a very genuine end of tenancy sale for Charles Dawson, who had traded as Grimston Hall Farms Ltd, and much of the machinery was in very good condition having been on the farm from new,” explained auctioneer James Durrant. “The farm was approximately 700 acres, with fields running down to the River Orwell

and Charles was the third generation of the family to hold the tenancy.” James explained that the sale day started with heavy showers, luckily while the early lots were being sold in the buildings, and cleared in time for the outdoor lots becoming a fine September day. “Buyers included farmers and trade, but most higher value items were bought by dealers,” he said. “Highlights were the Merlo handler and Massey Ferguson tractor, which both exceeded expectations with three telephone bidders from the UK and

Ireland competing for the red tractor. There was high demand for the trailers too, resulting in higher than expected prices. “The excellent results were testament to the fact that, despite farming going through a tough period, demand for top quality, genuine, second-hand machinery remains. We were delighted with the sales success for the Dawson family having also worked with the family previously including a machinery sale for Charles’ brother and sister-in-law last year,” he added. ■

This old butchers block had seen considerable use but was tidy and made £75.

In good condition, this 5,000-litre Titan bunded fuel station with mains-powered pump and meter had been supplied new to the farm in 2011 and sold for £1,450.

p £39,500 was the winning bid for a Massey Ferguson 6480 Dyna-6. It had a 40kph transmission, carried a ‘12’-registration and had worked 1,929hrs since arriving new at the farm, supplied by local main dealer Thurlow Nunn Standen. Tyres were all 95 per cent; 20.8R38 rear and 16.9R28 front. The tractor came with a full set of front weights and three double-acting spools and was in superb condition.

p On farm from new, this KRM flail mower was tidy and made £2,400. u On farm from 2011 when it was new and in very good order, a Kverneland Accord 3m combination drill with an NGS 3001 power harrow attracted a winning bid of £10,000. It was sold complete with tramline kit, pre-emergence and bout markers, disc coulters and covering harrow.

More over page... A name from the past; a Ransomes single-leg subsoiler in good condition sold for £190.

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