Norfolk machinery sale attracts farmers from near and far
A Norfolk retirement sale in early December was so well attended that grass verges, field gateways as well as the official car park were all packed with buyers’ vehicles. David Williams reports. The sale was organised by the King’s Lynn branch of Brown & Co on behalf of Roger Barnes, trading as TH & RT Barnes and farming at Terrington St Clement, who had given up a Crown Estate tenancy to pursue other ventures. A previous farm machinery sale 16 years earlier had streamlined the operation, allowing him to farm the 260ha alone using a fleet of good quality equipment. Almost all of it was offered in excellent order, attracting bidders from far afield. “All the kit had been stored inside,” explained auctioneer Chris Purllant who is based at Brown & Co’s Huntingdon office. “Much of the equipment had been owned from new and a very high proportion of buyers were farmers who knew the machines had been well cared for. I can’t remember a recent sale where so many lots on offer were bought by end users.” The sale day was dry following a period of wet weather, encouraging people to remain on site and boosting demand and prices. “Highlights were the John Deere tractor which sold for within a few thousand of what it cost new 17 years ago,” added Chris. “It sold to a farmer who travelled down
from Aberdeen specially, and the New Holland tractor also attracted bidders who had travelled from Scotland to bid, although it eventually sold to a local farmer.” Roger Barnes commented, “I enjoyed the sale day as there was such enthusiasm for the kit on offer from all the farmers who attended. During the month previous I had taken a huge number of phone calls from potential buyers for the machinery on offer, from as far away as Greece and one farmer flew in from Ireland to view the New Holland ahead of the sale, but was unsuccessful on the day. The John Deere was a highlight, achieving almost what it cost us new, but I think it proves there is demand for good second-hand kit and this was one of the last totally mechanical models which is partly why it was so attractive. There was a huge round of applause when the bidding concluded for the tractor. It was a great atmosphere. “Brown & Co did a great job for us. The sale was well organised by Chris and the event was well publicised. I couldn’t fault the team for their efforts or results.” ■
uStar of the sale was this John Deere 6910 PowrQuad 4wd with 40kph transmission, front linkage, PTO and spools. It was shod on Michelin 20.8R38 rear and 16.9R28 front tyres in almost new condition, and had worked 5,895hrs since it was new in 2000. Registered on an ‘N-plate’ it still carried its Evergreen Tractors dealer sticker and it found a new home in Scotland for £33,600, just a few thousand less than when it was new.
pu This 2011 New Holland T7.270 Blue Power with Auto Command transmission found a new home on a nearby Norfolk farm. Capable of 50kph, it was equipped with air brakes, cab and front axle suspension, Zuidberg front linkage and spools and four selective control valves. It had its original Pecks main dealer stickers, was on Trelleborg 650/75R38 rear and 600/65R28 front tyres, all with plenty of tread and had worked 2,385hrs, equivalent to just 400hrs per year. Auctioneer Chris Purllant takes bids on the New Holland which sold for £54,200.
p A Lemken Europal 8 5f reversible plough with W52 bodies, in superb condition and new in 2010 made a very respectable £11,200. p This 1995 JCB Loadall 526 Turbo 4wd telescopic handler with trailer hitch and pallet tines was on an ‘M-plate’ and had worked 5,895hrs. It was in superb condition for its age having been on-farm from new and sold for £15,600. p This AS Marston 10t grain trailer was new in 1989, but in excellent condition. It had a hydraulic tailgate and grain chute and was on 340/65R18 wheels and tyres. The winning bid was £4,900. u A solid-looking tractor-mounted log splitter will almost certainly find immediate use at this time of year. It made £480. uThis wheel changer is designed for use with any forklift and includes rollers allowing wheel rotation to line up the studs. It sold for £260.
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p These elderly 6.4m Shotbolt Cambridge rolls made £1,350.
p A 3m grain pusher with fittings for the JCB handler sold for £450.
p A Miedema LBV 160-70 store elevator was sold with cable remote control and its operator’s manual. It had spent just one night outside since being delivered new to the farm in 1996 and attracted competitive bidding. It was bought by a farmer who paid £9,800.
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