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Continued growth for northern machinery sale

The York Machinery Sale, organised monthly by Stephenson & Son at its York Auction centre, was full to capacity in March with 5,500 lots on offer. David Williams was there. “It’s continuing its growth in terms of lots on offer as well as the number of buyers attending,” explained partner and auctioneer Richard Tasker. “Lots on offer this time were from as far afield as Aberdeen, Portsmouth and Ireland and purchasers were from right across the UK, Ireland and Eastern Europe.” The sale is mainly outside in fields adjacent to the York livestock auction centre but the indoor yards are also used, for smaller items including parts and sundries. There are many stalls offering clothing, accessories and spares and staff were busy throughout the day dealing with customers. As well as used farm machinery there are building materials and landscaping equipment on offer, and sales run concurrently, although starting times for the main sales are staggered, allowing for those wanting to make the most of opportunities to bid. The March auction included a special dispersal sale of machinery from JK Foster & Son which was ceasing its contracting operations to concentrate on the family farm and lots from the vendor included a wide selection of quality machines, all well maintained and definitely considered star attractions on the day. Potential buyers had travelled specially to view the equipment on offer, boosting the day’s attendance. “We were fortunate that the weather helped ensure a strong sale too,” explained Richard. “Rain

the night before meant it was too wet for most field work to progress leaving farmers and contractors free to attend and see what was on offer.”

Grass machinery at a premium Richard said strongest demand was for in-season machinery and there was a queue of buyers for grass harrows, ballast rollers and fertiliser spreaders, with more than 100 applicators finding new homes that day. “A KRM Bogballe spreader was a highlight making £2,500,” he said. “Most went to Ireland and Eastern Europe,” he added. Grain drills were a more difficult market with most crops having been sown for this year but beet and maize precision drills were in strong demand and a Gaspardo maize drill made £2,200. The favourable exchange rate meant foreign buyers were able to make the most of the sale, while home buyers were keen to make purchases before the end of the tax year. Cultivation section highlights included a Challenger Phoenix cultivator which made £7,800, Cousins 12.3m rolls which sold for £4,500 and a Knight 4.6m press sold for £3,500. Over 350 lawnmowers and amenity equipment was on offer in the ground-care section which attracted a large number of buyers and strong demand saw more than 90 per cent sold.

The weather was overcast and chilly with some light showers during the day and the indoor lots provided a welcome opportunity to warm up.

This 1997 Gregoire Besson Discordon DXRV 4.2m cultivator had a Bruce Hopkins dealer sticker and attracted considerable interest and competition between bidders. The winning bid was £4,500.

One of more than 100 fertiliser spreaders on offer, this Teagle Top-line 560 had new spread vanes and had been partially repainted. Ex-farm, it was described as in good working order and sold for £580.

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