Archive Article: 1998/05/22

22 May 1998




Stock, quota, machinery, implements and dairy equipment

were all on offer at one Warwickshire farm sale last week. FW

stopped off in Shakespeare country to see what was what…

The location was Glebe Farm, Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon and the auction was for John Keen who was retiring. Visitors flocked to the venue from far and wide. From Carmarthenshire to Derbyshire, in fact.

Its not an easy job predicting what the weathers going to be like at this time of year. While elsewhere in the country, people were in shorts and T-shirts, this sale-goer went armed with an umbrella.

It proved to be a wise move.

Others, however, had to improvise when it came to keeping dry.

Among the tractors, the top price was £9300 paid for a 1991 Case International 895 XL four-wheel drive with loader and air conditioning.

Take five… those at the event saw dairy stock values typically between £550 and £700. "The trade wasnt on fire," said the auctioneers. But there again, with the weather as it was, it wouldnt have been.

Visitors saw a strong demand for dairy equipment. Among the prices in this section were £2450 for an automatic slurry scraping system, £2500 for the bulk tank and £3700 for the milking parlour. It proves, say the auctioneers that people are still improving their milk facilities. Not just in this country either, it appears – with the parlour and tank going to a buyer from Cyprus.

Auctioneer Stuart Long of Howkins and Harrison takes bids on the grassland kit. He later sold the milk quota at between 34.8p and 35.2p/litre. The 404,000 litres were snapped up by 12 buyers in blocks ranging from 13,000 to 80,000 litres. The small lot sizes shows that farmers are "hedging their bets" and getting some cover early, says Mr Long.


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