The dispersal sale of farm machinery and equipment on behalf of Messrs Hepper & Son met a keen trade and drew bidders from across the country, up to the Scottish borders, over to the eastern counties and down into the west country. The Hepper family’s long-standing local connections and goodwill built up over decades resulted in one of the largest dispersal sale crowds seen for many years.

The sale represented a genuine dispersal of premium agricultural equipment that benefited from low working hours and meticulous maintenance; featuring a superb line up with a John Deere combine, Merlo telehandler and three John Deere tractors.

The headline price of £49,000 went to the 2014 plated John Deere 6125R; whilst the John Deere 1470 Combine followed closely behind reaching £47,500. Also in the John Deere line up, the 6230 Premium (2008) and the 6330 Premium (2007) saw the hammer fall at £31,200 and £29,200, respectively.

The sale also featured a 2015 model Merlo TF35.7 120 Telehandler with 700 hours on the clock, which comfortably reached £42,000. Other vehicles included a DAF LF 45 10T Cattle Lorry (2006) with aluminium JHC container and Land Rover Defender (2004) 90 pick-up which rose to £12,800 and £9,500, respectively.

In the machinery lines, the McHale F550 round baler with a low bale count reached £13,500 and the Hardi Master mounted sprayer made £6,500. A brace of smart Richard Western 8T trailers achieved £4,800 and £4,400 each, whilst the McConnell PA500E hedge trimmer also saw the hammer fall at £4,400.

The Hepper family’s commitment to maintaining a fleet of quality equipment along with decades of community goodwill contributed to a large crowd, helped by a little luck with the weather to achieve a storming sale result.