Stormy weather with attendant weather alerts reduced the number of lots on offer at Cork Marts clearance sale on Sunday, December 12.

This did not deter strong bidding as 83% of what was on offer sold, with over 250 registered online bidders and 60 ringside on the day. A UK-based buyer even managed to bid online while still on the ferry across.

Classics remain desirable

Collectable tractors are in strong demand at the moment, especially if they are coloured blue and have the number 5000 painted on the bonnet.

Ford 5000
A well preserved Ford 5000, although not the example sold at the auction

One such Ford realised the impressive sum of €21,000 at the Cork Marts sale held near Fermoy. It was sold to a UK buyer who obviously took a shine to the restored machine.

Little and large

Ford 2600 staying
A bright clean little tractor, this Ford 2600 offers 36hp

Another big blue that was destined to cross the water was a TW 20 which went for €14,800.

Staying in Ireland, however, was a clean Ford 2600 which fetched €5,100 and will no doubt give further service as it seems perfectly capable of doing so.

Ford TW20 at Cork Marts

Fordsons, originality wins at Cork Marts

A pair of Fordson Super Majors were also entered, the more original of the two attracting a final bid of €7,050 while the the second, which appeared to have undergone a restoration at some point, went for €1,100 less at €5,950.

Fordson Super Major Cork Marts
This more original Fordson realised €7,050
Forsdson super major restoration at Cork Marts
Looking to have had a coat of paint at least, this Super Major brought in €5,950

Ready for work

More recent stock was also snapped up as a New Holland TS90 from 2002, complete with Tanco front-end loader, saw the hammer fall at €31,600.

New Holland tanco loader at Cork Marts
Offered as a clearance item, this NH TS90 with loader made €31,600

Not all tractors sold were of the Ford Pedigree. An Interntional 784, which still looked perfectly usable, went for €5,800; it also appeared to have wider tyres than standard.

International 784
Another tractor looking in very workable condition was this 74hp IH 784, which made €5,800

Other items

Another notable lot was a Dooley cattle trailer dating from 2008. Despite its age, it still made the reasonable sum of €15,400, while a Rozmital folding rake found a buyer at €2,000.

Dooley cattle trailer
Moving cattle made easy with this 2008 Dooley cattle trailer. It sold for €15,400
Rozmital folding rake
Neatly folded for road transport and storage, this Rozmital rake cleared €2,000

A further machinery sale is promised for the new year although no date has been by Cork Marts yet.