Close to €700,000 was spent at a machinery auction, as one agricultural contractor sold a selection of tractors and equipment.
The sale took place at Paul Cooke Auctions in the Naas Industrial Estate in Co. Kildare on Saturday, May 6.
A total of 68 lots went under the hammer on the day; a full clearance was reported from the unreserved auction.
A range of tractors, silage wagons, mowers, balers, slurry tanks, trailers and other implements were all sold as part of the auction, according to Dean Reid from Paul Cooke Auctions.
There were over 540 registered bidders, most of whom attended the auction, Reid said. Some bidders opted to buy machinery via the online bidding facility or by phone, he added.
There were registered bidders from around the continent, including France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic and more. However, 93% of lots were sold to Irish buyers.
“The auction lasted for about two hours and 30 minutes and around €700,000 was spent,” he said.
The top price on the day was achieved for a 2013 Strautmann Giga Vitesse CFS 3601 silage wagon. This wagon had only lifted 500ac and was sold for €46,100 plus VAT.
As we head into the summer months the demand for silage equipment remained quite high at the latest auction, Reid said.
“There was a little bit more positivity for second-hand machinery. More financial institutions also seem willing to lend which has boosted trade a little,” he said.
At the auction a 2014 McHale F5600 ‘automatic’ round baler (below), which had made approximately 13,000 bales, sold for €18,000 plus VAT.
A number of other balers were also on offer at the auction. A 2008 Welger RP235, with approximately 27,000 bales under its belt, sold for €7,800 plus VAT.
Meanwhile, a 2006 McHale F530 round baler sold for €5,200 plus VAT on the day.
A selection of tractors of different shapes and sizes was sold at the auction. The top price tractor on the day was a 2012 New Holland T7.210; this lot sold for €39,000 plus VAT.
A 2012 Case IH Puma 185, which came with both a front 3-point linkage and a front PTO, sold for €37,000 plus VAT.
One buyer gave €33,000 plus VAT for a 2012 Class Arion 610, which came with a Class FL120 front loader and less than 2,000 hours on the clock.
Turning to the smaller tractors, a 2000 Case IH CX100 made €13,500 plus VAT and a 1980 Massey Ferguson 565 (2WD) sold for €3,600 plus VAT.
Some slurry equipment was also on offer. A 2016 Conor 2750R slurry tanker and a 2012 Hi-Spec 3,500-gallon double-axle slurry tanker, which came with a rear steering axle, sold for €14,500 and €14,250 plus VAT respectively.
A 2012 AgQuip umbilical dribble bar slurry system, along with a 2011 Vogelsang pump and SlurryKat front-mounted reel, sold for €15,800 plus VAT.
Other spot prices included €4,100 plus VAT for a 2002 ECE Fieldmaster (lowline) 1000 rear-discharge muck spreader, €13,000 plus VAT for a 2014 Spearhead 655T Twiga telescopic hedge-cutter and €11,800 plus VAT for a 2016 Class Liner 2700 rake.