Auctioneers G Herbert Banks in conjunction with Halls Holdings Limited of Kidderminster conducted a very successful dispersal sale at Stonehill Farm, Lineholt, Ombersley, Worcestershire last Saturday 5th October on behalf of the Sanders family.

Auctioneers Bob Parry of G Herbert Banks and James McIntyre of Halls worked their way through 250 lots in around 2 hours to an enthusiastic crowd with the rain thankfully holding off. Many of the principal lots had been purchased new and had been kept in a fully enclosed building, a fact which buyers clearly appreciated.

Leading prices included 1978 Massey Ferguson 590 tractor £5,800, Massey Ferguson 165 tractor £4,950, Massey Ferguson 35X £3,700, Massey Ferguson 35 (3 cylinder) £2,900, Maschio Reco 3 row Strawberry Rotavator £900, Howard 7 foot Rotavator £580, Howard 8 foot Harrowvator £500, Fluire 1.70 metre Topper £620, Massey Ferguson 2 wheel 3 ton Trailer £800, Cooper rear mounted Forklift £380, Tomlin rear mounted Pallet Tines £320, Fabro 2000 Strawberry Runner Lifter £520, JF timber bodied FYM Spreader £460, Massey Ferguson 222 Disc Harrows £700, Massey Ferguson 735 trip Loader and attachments £260, 7 foot Cambridge Roller £180, Massey Ferguson single leg Subsoiler £220, High Clearance Wheels etc for a Massey Ferguson 35/135 £500, Rowcrop Wheels to fit Massey Ferguson 35/135 £440, Massey Ferguson 38 Tiller £260, Qty of Apple Boxes £120, Two Ferguson front Tractor Wheels and Centres £140, Honda HR 476 petrol Mower £250, Honda HR216 petrol Mower £140, eight Baragwanath Flower Boxes £90, Hardi Knapsack Sprayer £35.

The sale demonstrates that the condition not necessarily the age of machinery and in particular the tractors makes all the difference to value. In this case the Vendors had worked diligently and had washed off the lots and presented them well which made all the difference on the day.