Archive Article: 1999/03/05

5 March 1999




Its that time of year again. Second-hand machinery and

equipment sales are filling the calendar. Trade, though, is

holding up well, according to auctioneers. FW called in at one

big North Yorks offering last week…

Farmers and dealers turned out in force for this offering for Houseman and Falshaw, which was selling its agricultural contracting division. Fears of snow proved to be unfounded – it even turned out to be quite a nice day.

Share and share alike… A couple of Dowdeswell ploughs were in the catalogue, but a Kverneland 160 E model four-furrow reversible topped the plough prices at £3350.

Richard Bannister (left) and Keith Snowball.

There may be plenty of kit of the market at the moment – but the supply of land is tighter, says auctioneer Ian Walter of JH Walter. And people looking to buy before the budget are putting a "backbone" in the market, he says.

A cup of tea and a bacon butty… The bare essentials. Or should that be the bear essentials?

Deere prices… Highest-priced tractor was a S-reg John Deere 7710 4WD which made £31,000, while an R-reg JD 2056 combine changed hands for £41,500.

In pen-sive mood… One salegoer watches closely.


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