Potato men came in force to JD Stokes & Sons dispersal in Shropshire last
week where a comprehensive range of well-presented kit met keen demand
Reel value… This Spreadwise 6x150m flat hose reel set made a tidy £7200 to the farms new owner Brian Whitfield.
Having sold their 100ha (247-acre) New House Farm in Wolverley, Joe and Barbara Stokes are retiring, and son Mike (centre) is developing a new future in mobile communications.
A GEM Steer Trak 2500-litre 24m sprayer with twin pumps made £7000 to the trade.
Emma Foulkes takes a look at the trio of top Case IH tractors. The 1056 with 2500 hours made £11,500, and two 5150 Powershifts with 4000 and 4500 hours made £13,800 and £14,000, respectively.
Take the power with you… This Newage 150kVA generator supplying three-phase electricity went for £4900; an unusual lot at dispersals.
Halls Pete Willcock takes to the mobile rostrum. The potato kit was geared to the processing trade and carrots were grown for Asda. "Weve invested heavily to get the right product, but were disappointed not to have access to some potato contracts this year," said vendor Mike Stokes.
Big green machine… The Haith 6ft mobile washer (rear), mounted on an articulated trailer, cost about £50,000 new, but failed to meet its reserve. The destoners went at £10,000 and 1995 Grimme harvester at £10,500.
Stacks of boxes… Over 500 were offered making £35 apiece. Buyers bought one and were offered the option on however many they could handle. Two buyers split the lot.
The sale also included an 85-cow flying dairy herd and two stock bulls. Cows averaged £433.