24 November 1995

Salmon dispersal pulls in a Europe-wide crowd

BUYERS from all over Europe helped push up prices at the dispersal sale of one of Britains largest agricultural contractors, writes Nick Brown.

Salmon Contracting, based near Trowbridge, Wilts, was forced to sell its machinery at short notice earlier this month due to "the yard no longer being available".

Over 2000 people crowded in to see the sale of a collection of nearly new machinery which included 20 tractors, 15 of which were 1995 Fiat F140s, three Claas Jaguar 860 self-propelled forage harvesters, three combines and a range of imp-lements, trailers and other tackle.

Simon Whaley, auctioneer at Southern Counties Auctioneers, described it as "a unique sale of beautifully-presented machinery". Several commented they would never see another sale like it.

Tony Doel, who took over Salmon contracting after the death of founder Ivan Salmon in 1989, had a policy of running up to-date equipment. The fleet of 15 Fiat tractors, bought in May of this year, averaged between 800 and 1100 hours each and were due to be replaced in 1996. They fetched bet-ween £25,000 and £27,000 each.

The three Claas Jaguar 860 forage harvesters are believed to be the first in the country to come up for re-sale. Complete with maize headers and corn crackers, the 1994 models went for £98,000 and £98,800, respectively. The 1995 model, complete with a Kemper 4500 six-row maize header and corn cracker, made £109,600.

New Holland D1000 balers were in great demand, with buyers travelling from as far away as Cumbria and Cornwall in the hope of a bargain. Bidding was keen – the five 1991 models going for £15,000-£17,500 and the 1993 model for £20,250.

Mr Doel said most of his 30 staff had been found jobs. &#42

Six New Holland D1000 balers were sold at the Salmon contracting sale near Trowbridge in Wiltshire. Prices ranged from £15,000 to £20,250.