A BUMPER entry of 768 lots, comprising 226 farm vehicles and machinery lines, 452 reclaim and salvage lines, 90 of stone, plus a wide array of sundry items of interest to both the agricultural communities, traders and the general public, was forward for Skipton Auction’s Mart’s latest Saturday Agri-Trader Auction. (July 9)

Once again, the machinery section was well supported, offering 20 trailers, 25 lots of grassland and muck handling equipment, plus a good selection of ATVs and 4WD vehicles, the larger items producing the bulk of the principal prices, notably in the trailer section.

Topping at £9,000 was a Tyrone 24ft plant trailer, followed at £4,600 for an Ifor William 14ft livestock trailer with sheep decks and cattle door, an Ifor Williams tipping plant trailer making £2,700.

A trio of ATVs sold at £4,500, £3,450 and £2,400, while grassland machinery sold to £3,500 for a Class Volto rotor rake. The remainder of the trailers and grassland equipment were well bid for, while livestock equipment proving difficult to source new was keenly contested by farmers and traders alike.

Stone items always sell well, up to £700 for a trough, another at £290, the same price for a pig trough, with pallets of stone selling to £470. The next seasonal Agri-Trader sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 8.

The same day’s monthly livestock collective sale of 239 head of stirks, weaned calves and young store cattle produced mixed trade, with the majority of stirks less money on the month and buyers of inside-fed cattle not as keen for numbers than of late.

Well-grown British Blue bullocks aged 7/8-months could command £700-£785, Blue heifers selling to £725 for good grass grazers from JC Roberts, of Clitheroe. Aberdeen-Angus bullocks traded either side of £600, with big thick bullocks at 8/10-monhs selling up to £765. The next monthly livestock sale is on Saturday, August 6.