By Farmers Weekly staff

SECOND-HAND grass harvesting machinery is back in demand and shows signs of following in the footsteps of strong trade last season.

Ross-based auctioneers RG & RB Williamss handling of the dispersal of tackle at How Caple Court, Hereford, saw a mass of willing bidders assemble from as far north as Aberdeenshire.

Among the lots to go under the hammer was a John Deere mower/conditioner which took bidding to £740.

Still popular in traditional forage areas a Cooks bale sledge made £520. The associated Flat-8 bale grab found a new user at £270.

Other auctioneers are reporting a good start to the forage equipment season.

Newbury-based Drewett Neate saw a 1996 WestMac SCT900 forage harvester ready to work go for a straight £5000.

Mowers are proving as popular as ever, as shown by a Tarrup 307 mower/conditioner which took bidding to £2200.