Archive Article: 2000/06/02

2 June 2000

A rare dry day, but with the ground too wet underfoot to go silage making

or do fieldwork, it meant there was a good turnout to see the sale of machinery

at Crucis Park Farm, Cirencester, Glos

There was something in the sale for everyone. Young William Wilson seems to have the hang of things, here. Unfortunately, Dad decided not to buy.

Vendor Richard Schroder is responding to the cost-price squeeze with a change in management policy that will mean more work for his local contractor, but a lot less need for machines. He professed himself satisfied with the results of the partial machinery sale, in the light of current arable economics.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there was a reunion for retired farmer George Gaydon. He bought this very same Acrobat side-delivery rake 38 years ago, new, for £84, and saw it sold for £30, with work still in it.

Conversation piece, as brothers Bill and Roy Limbrick put farming to rights with Chris Graham, of Moore Allen and Innocent.

"Lets get started, then, ladies and gentlemen." Auctioneer Mark Hill,

of Moore Allen and Innocent, works up interest in the first lot of the

day, a five-furrow Kverneland PB100 5F reversible plough.

Bidding was fickle, with a price of £15,000 for the MF 6180 tractor, which had just 1530 hours on the clock. But more than £19,250 was expected for the three-year-old MF36RS combine, and at unreserved prices, there were bargains to be had.

Time to add up the prices for Lynne Wardle and Jeremy Clarke, in the "office", a pensioned-off horsebox.

Wheres the wear? The high capacity West 1300 dual muckspreader realised a surprising £1750.

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