Agricultural machinery auction specialist Cheffins has just completed two major farm dispersal sales in Yorkshire, England. Both auctions produced some very notable prices and, according to the company, demonstrate the continued strong trade for quality, second-hand farm machinery in the UK.
Oliver Godfrey, Director at Cheffins, said: “The sale for Alan Bancroft, Skipton on May 11 saw an excellent selection of tractors, excavators and machinery in one of the UK’s most picturesque landscapes.
"Top prices on the day went to a quadruplet of Massey Ferguson tractors - realising £43,000 for a 2012 6480; £37,500 for a 2011 6480; £28,500 for a 2008 6480 and £25,500 for a 2005 7485.
"With a selection of six excavators on offer, £13,800 was paid for a 1999 Hitachi EX120 and finishing off was a 2008 Hitachi ZX30 that was knocked down for £12,500.
"The trade for machinery and implements was also particularly impressive, with a 1998 Kverneland ES80 plough selling for £6,750. A 2011 Claas Disco 3050C took £6,600 and a very useful 2011 Bailey 12t silage trailer realised £10,200."
The second sale on May 18 was for John Quarmby, Hull. It, said Godfrey, boasted some excellent tractors, machinery and some ex-MOD items.
"Again, blessed with a warm sunny day, sales were particularly buoyant," he added.
"The tractor trade was led by a 2007 Case IH 310 selling for £46,000; a desirable classic 1997 Case IH 7220 hit £22,400 and a very useful ’87 Case IH 956XL made a healthy £11,200.
Causing a fair bit of pre-sale interest was a brace of ex-MOD MB Unimogs, with a 1300L making £14,000 and a 406 selling for £8,000.
"The machinery trade was again very active and particular highlights were an immaculate 2013 Maschio Aquila 6000 power harrow selling for £14,550 and a Vaderstad Rexius Twin 550 at £8,000."
Cheffins has already completed eight on-site dispersal sales in 2017. According to the firm, it has noticed a continued trend of high demand for quality straight-from-farm kit.
The company says that current market conditions mean fewer and fewer trade-ins are received by dealers and, with the rising cost of new machinery, end-users are looking for more cost-effective ways in which to satisfy their fleet renewal policies.
With a further five sales already booked in post-harvest, Cheffins is anticipating that this trend will continue for the remainder of 2017.