With a herd of milkers to feed, bed and look after, plus a significant arable acreage, North Hinton Dairy’s recent dispersal sale near Christchurch in Dorset had plenty of kit on offer.
On the tractor front, there was pretty much something for everyone, from 300hp heavy hitters to a lightweight scraper tractor and everything in between.
There were also acres of cultivation kit and implements. Topping the bill was an immaculate 4m 2005 Moore Unidrill which made £13,800.
That was closely followed by an eight-row Kuhn Maxima maize drill, which was six years old and had sown about 2,225ha (5,500acres), it went for £11,200.
Meanwhile a 6m 2011 Vaderstad Aggressive spring-tine cultivator sold for £11,000 and a 5m, 10-leg McConnel Shakaerator with Guttler roller, also from 2011, fetched £10,200.
A five-year-old, 6.3m set of HE-VA Tip Rollers went under the hammer for £7,400 and a 2009 4m front press from the Danish manufacturer sold for £3,700.
Looking particularly good value, a 4m trailed Sumo 4-in-1 cultivator with Opico Air16 seeder was knocked down for £5,000.
Perhaps the most eye-catching lot was a monster eight-furrow Kuhn Vari-Manager semi-mounted plough. The well-specced model had auto-reset bodies and slatted mouldboards and made £9,100. A smaller four-furrow unit from the French company went for £4,200.
Meanwhile a well-used 11-year-old Major LGP 2600 vacuum tanker with loading arm and new 800mm tyres managed £6,300. In the hauling department, there was a pair of Griffiths (Marston) 14t grain trailers, both with 500mm wide flotation tyres, sprung drawbars and eight-stud axles.
The younger model made £7,300 while the older version came in at £5,350.