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Archive Article: 1997/02/21

21 February 1997

Once a farm has been sold, its often not long before the machinery and equipment comes on the market. Last week it was the kit from one 850-acre Fenland farm…

Auctioneer Michael Hamilton saw the days top price of £46,000 paid for an H-reg Claas Dominator 98 SL combine with 655 hours work under its belt. It went to a farmer from Scotland. Visitors also came to Suffolk from southern Ireland. Some of those travelling long distances spent a few days in the area, visiting more than one sale.

The thin blue line… all of the 12 tractors on offer at Friesland Farm, Kenny Hill were Fords. Top price of £26,600 went to a 1994 Ford 8670, which had just over 2500 hours on the clock. Around the UK, meanwhile, the tractor trade is suffering, with the strong £ hitting exports and lower grain and potato returns affecting the home market.

The thin blue line… all of the 12 tractors on offer at Friesland Farm, Kenny Hill were Fords. Top price of £26,600 went to a 1994 Ford 8670, which had just over 2500 hours on the clock. Around the UK, meanwhile, the tractor trade is suffering, with the strong £ hitting exports and lower grain and potato returns affecting the home market.

Bidding was brisk for many of the 300-plus lots, according to auctioneers Cheffins Grain and Comins, who shared selling duties with Cruso & Wilkin. Much of the kit was quite new and well maintained – and this certainly helped to boost demand.

While cultivation equipment sold well, interest in irrigation kit was a little bit slower. Lower potato profits seem to be taking their toll. Either that, or people arent expecting a drought this year.

Dropping in… Farmer Geoff Todd and son, Robert, travelled from their farm near Cambridge in the chopper. It took them exactly 16min. Remember that next time youre stuck on the motorway.

With the root growing season over, February can be a popular time for dispersals in East Anglia.

Does this thing work, or what? Mobile phones are almost as popular at farm sales nowadays as waterproofs. The latter were certainly evident on a day when it was continually threatening – but never quite managing – to rain.

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Archive Article: 1997/02/21

21 February 1997

Cows averaged £742 when stock from the Friepark Holstein Friesian herd was recently sold at Hambledon, Hants for John Parker Farms. The day saw a top bid of 1060gns for a third-calf cow, sired by Hanoverhill Stardom. But it was the 13 to 15-month heifers which generated the most interest ringside, selling to 560gns and averaging £527.(R B Taylor and Sons/Ian Judd & Partners)

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Archive Article: 1997/02/21

21 February 1997

Auctioneer Philip Place (pictured left) saw steers and heifers average 104.8p and 102.8p/kg, respectively at Darlington, Co Durham last Thursday. Bulls levelled at 105p/kg. Steers over about 650kg liveweight are too heavy for the intervention market and, with demand quiet on the home market, are worth about 15p/kg less than lighter sorts. So resist the temptation to delay selling stock – especially those bought expensively as stores – to put extra weight on it, advises Darlington auctioneer Paul Carter. Some of the heifers could also do with being sold a month earlier, he suggests.

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Archive Article: 1997/02/21

21 February 1997

"Shouldnt we have turned left back there?" This Iveco 40.10 van may look out of its depth but it does, in fact, boast four-wheel drive and diff locks front and rear. Other features include a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine, ground clearance of 228mm (9in), free-wheeling front hubs and 1.5t payload.

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