Machinery, implements and tractors – farmed by the same family for 46 years – sold for up to £28,200 at a successful dispersal sale on a Welsh border dairy farm.
Regional auctioneers Halls reported a buoyant trade and an enthuiastic large crowd for the auction held on 11 February for Richard and Helen Fairbanks at Bank Farm, Bulthy, Middletown, near Welshpool.
Auctioneer James Evans had a family connection with the farm because his father Jim sold it to the Fairbanks family in 1977. Having recently sold the 80ha farm Mr Evans said he was delighted to see such a large turnout and an excellent trade for the auction.
And he wished Mr and Mrs Fairbanks a long and happy retirement.
Top prices were £28,200 for a 2020 Kubota M4072 4WD with 950 hours, £22,000 for a 2004 New Holland TS125A 4WD with 7,886hrs and £19,800 for a 2004 New Holland TS115A 4WD with 6240hrs.
Other highlights were £10,600 for a Mastek Slurry Mate reel and pipe, £7700 for a 2015 Spread-a-Bale, £4600 each for a Kverneland Tarrup 8070, six rota tedder and an HTL electric foot trimming cattle crush.
A 10-tonne Richard Weston twin axle silage trailer went for £4400. Other sales included £3900 for a Kuhn Axis 30.1 fertiliser spreader, £3000 for a 2005 Keenan 140 feeder wagon and £2700 for a front mounted Pottinger mower.
Mr Evans said the introduction of the MartEye online bidding platform for farm dispersal sales organised by Halls is paying dividends. Buyers are now being attracted from across the UK, Ireland and Europe, he explained.
“Attracting online bidders to our farm dispersal sales ensures that farmers get the best possible price on the international market for their tractors, machinery and equipment,” added Mr Evans.
The next sales organised by Halls are for JW Holland, Decoy Farm, Babbinswood, Oswestry, on 25 March; the Shrewsbury Collective Machinery Sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre on 14 April; and for Mr Jonathan Wilkinson, Dyffryn Meifod on 15 April.