At the auctions: Second-hand kit still in high demand

A full farm dispersal sale took place on Saturday 12 May in Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire, and attracted a huge crowd of potential buyers from across the UK.

However, many sale-goers left empty-handed as the well-maintained machinery priced many buyers out of the running.

Unsurprisingly, the farm’s 2010 Claas Tucano 320 combine made the most money. The German machine was well specced with a self-levelling 5.4m Vari header and a paltry 640 hours on the clock allowed the bidding to run up to £64,000.

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The pick of the tractor fleet was a 2011 Deutz Fahr Agrotron M640, which found a winning bidder at £43,000 and looked good value, having only amassed 1,312 hours.

A firm tractor favourite on Creaking Tree farm were a brace of Valtra 8550s. The slightly newer 2003 model, with 3,590 hours on the ticker, made £27,000, while the older mid-90s offering had 3,064 hours and made slightly less at £22,200.

The newest machine up for sale was a miniature Manitou MT625 loader, which was only registered in 2012 and had a barely-run-in 602 hours on the clock. It made a respectable £25,800.

Pick of the implements was an Opico 525XE corn dryer, which made £11,600, and a Simba 4m X-press fell at £7,000.