2020 and 2021 were hindered by the restrictions surrounding Covid and although we moved sales to a solely online platform we were extremely glad to be back promoting on-site sales again with the continued addition of the online bidding platform, Marteye. The best of both worlds being experienced!
The trade was buoyant throughout the year as the effects of lengthy lead times and availability of new items from the Covid era was still being felt.
We started the year with an extremely blustery sale for David Haywood, but the atrocious weather didn’t deter the customers with his Case Maxxum 125 selling at £27,000. Conditions went from wind to snow when we ventured to Exmoor for the Cowlings’ dispersal. Again, the weather doesn’t deter famers with their John Deere 6610 achieving beyond expectations, selling for £31,000.
Other sales included the Tripps at Rooksbridge, and the Briggs Family at South Molton who very generously donated 1% of their sale total to support the Ukrainian people.
We welcomed back Walford Cross in grand style as the spring trade created the largest sale total ever to have taken place at the site. We continually get the comment that each year the quality of stock on offer improves and this year was no exception! To have both quantity and quality on offer was a fantastic way to return to the sale field.
Each year we hold five collective sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, with this year seeing a top price of £47,500 for the New Holland T6.145 selling in our December sale.
In 2022 we wanted to grow our offering in different locations so organised three new collective sales, the first was the North Somerset Sale at Wrington, which saw a Land Rover Defender 90 sell for £32,000. The sale will return in May 2023 and promises to be even bigger and better than the last.
The Honiton area is considered a real stronghold for GTH, with a strong level of support for Sedgemoor Auction Centre in that area as well as a loyal client base for the firm’s agricultural professional work offering. On the back of this, the decision to hold an autumn collective sale in East Devon was widely supported with a line up of over 30 tractors and a huge wealth of machinery. A Fendt 724 lead the way and topped the sale at £47,200. There were too many top prices to list with the sale! We will certainly be returning to East Devon in the Autumn of 2023.
For our third new collective sale we teamed up with Auctioneers Gwilym Richards & Co as we headed into Wales to conduct a sale at Chepstow Racecourse. A good day was had and the decision was swiftly made to return to the site once again for a further sale in March 2023.
One of our highlights of the year was the sale for AK Hosie & Sons at Sherborne. A super line-up of tractors and machinery was to be sold as the family had decided to cease contracting and focus on their dairying enterprise. The crowds both in person and online ensured it was a blistering trade with the Krone Big Pack 1290 Square Baler at £75,000, Case 270 Optum at £67,000 and John Deere 6140R at £52,000 being the top three prices. The Krone only being spotted by the purchaser on the morning of the sale as part of GTH’s social media marketing campaign, with the online bidding portal enabling the purchaser the perfect opportunity to acquire the machine, whilst also increasing the level of trade for the vendor – win win!
Collectors sales took place for Derek Tottle and WJ Naish & Son with multiple exceptional sale results being achieved, with particular prices of note being £16,000 being realised for a County Super Six, £15,500 for an International 956XL and £9,200 for a Roadless Full-Track Crawler.
When the GTH Dairy Team were selling the herd for Marks Barn Farm on-farm the sale was combined with some very attractive machinery lots to create probably our biggest crowd of the year and topping at £65,500 for a John Deere 6155R Premium Tractor, a JCB 525-60 Agri Plus Telehandler also sold well at £52,000 and £51,500 was achieved for a Valtra VLN124HS.
Many more dispersals filled the 2022 sales diary with sales spread across the Wedmore, Exmoor, Honiton areas and more besides.
Whilst there appears to be downward pressure on the agricultural machinery trade, supply is still very much restricted and demand will therefore remain to be the driving force in the market place. If anyone has surplus farm machinery or wishes to discuss the potential for an on-site dispersal sale, they would be urged to contact our specialist team on 01278 410250 to discuss the various options open to them. Our team would be delighted to assist all aspects of disposing of the stock, from start to finish, throughout the process.