12 May 2021
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Harrison & Hetherington incorporate specialist grass equipment into virtual May machinery sale.
With rain at times, the sun shining and temperatures now increasing, for most farmers this is welcome news. At last grass is beginning to grow, and what this hopefully brings with it is the start of the silage season. For Harrison & Hetherington this time of year has inspired the inclusion of a specialist grass machinery sale within their regular virtual machinery sale. Taking place online on the 19th and 20th May, this is a sale of second hand machinery, with a focus on grass handling, mowing and silage equipment.
With around 500 entries, some of the key items in the sale include:
The online catalogue provides potential purchasers with a photo and description of each item and any problems are flagged. There is a 24-hour timescale, with a 20 second time-bound margin for bidders to continue submitting their last offers.
There is huge interest in second hand machinery currently. During the last year, quality items which have been looked after and cared for have seen prices increase by up to 20%.
Giving further comment in advance of the sales, David Holliday, Auctioneer at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Centre, said: “Good quality second hand equipment is in high demand, and especially sought after when it is relevant to the season. That is why we have decided to hold a specialist grass sale, with silage equipment such as trailers, mowers and hay bobs, alongside our regular items.
“Since last year our regular machinery and equipment sales have taken place through our specialist virtual platforms, and we have seen a marked increase in both prices and demand. In selling virtually we are attracting buyers from the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, and in recent months we have certainly seen a surge in buyers from Ireland and Europe.”
Most items purchased are for farmers’ own use, though some purchased items are for parts or to sell on through their own channels. As Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and regulations set out, H&H will commence on farm sales and already have several in the pipeline. They will also continue their online sales, with the next virtual sales set to include motor garage equipment. Heading into the summer season, specialist arable sales will also take place prior to hay time and harvesting.
Using Harrison & Hetherington’s secure trading platform, these sales are as close to a live auction as possible and the process is totally transparent. For further details and for links to the sales, please visit: https://harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/machinery/