Exceptional results were achieved once again for a joint timed online farm dispersal sale held by Cheffins for clients Thomas Banks and Partners at Manor Farm in Harlton and WJ Kendall and Sons at Eyeworth in Sandy, Bedfordshire. The auction, featuring tractors, combines and self-propelled sprayers, was a result of a change in farming policies. The auction closed on Monday 22nd June.

Oliver Godfrey, Director and Auctioneer at Cheffins says: “This was another remarkable on site sale that was hosted entirely online and it is testament to the pragmatism of the farming industry that these sales have been so well received with a very pleasing final result. Over one hundred and fifty people attended the viewing days that were held at both sites on Tuesday 16th June and Wednesday 17th June. The number of bidders registered online and the quantity and level of the bids received demonstrates that there is substantial demand for good quality second-hand kit. Buyers have adapted readily to the concept of buying machinery online and this type of auction is proving to be an incredibly effective method of disposal.”

The star lot was the 2016 Case IH 500 Quadtrac 4wd rubber tracked tractor, on farm from new with just 2,262 hours and with warranty to 3,000 hours. ; fitted with drawbar, full GPS, Pro 700 screen, Deluxe cab, leather seat, air conditioning and 360° LED light package. This sold for £121,353.75.

A 2014 FendT 939 Vario 60kph 4wd Tractor fitted with front linkage, Profi Plus auto guidance, Vario Grip, PUH and rear wheel weights (1t) on 710/75R42 rear and 600/70R34 front wheels and tyres. On farm from new with 3,437 hours sold for £90, 821.25

A 2013 CLAAS Lexion 770TT 35ft cut Combine Harvester fitted with Terra-Tracs and APS Hybrid on 500/85R30 rear wheels and tyres. On farm from new with 2,192 engine hours and 1,589 drum hours.

A 2010 CASE IH 9120 Axial Flow 35ft cut Combine Harvester fitted with AFS, RTK auto-steer, Pro 700 screen, small tube rotor, air compressor on board and Shelbourne Reynolds header trailer. On 900/60R32 front and 600/65R28 rear wheels and tyres. On farm from new with 2,929 engine hours and 2,308 drum hours.

The two combine harvesters were sold by private treaty moments after the auction closed for an undisclosed sum.

Oliver adds: “We have a very busy calendar of on site sales already scheduled for the Autumn when we hope that we will be able to host physical sales. However our robust and established online bidding platforms have given our clients the confidence that we can host these sales entirely online when circumstances dictate. Testament to this is the fact that we’ve sold over £8m worth of machinery in the last six weeks. Until we have clear guidance from the government on the gathering of crowds at events, we will continue to host on farm dispersal sales online and our experience with the sale for Messrs Kendall and Banks and the on site sale at Huntingdon in early June, clearly demonstrates that bidding online is no barrier to the final outcome.

For further information please contact the On Site team or call 01353 777767 (option 2).