Haywood Farms auctions contracting fleet forward of NZ transfer

An absence of safety from their short-term farm enterprise tenancy has prompted a younger couple to place their equipment fleet up for public sale and to migrate to New Zealand.

For the previous decade, new entrants Sarah and Scott Haywood have been constructing a profitable contracting enterprise in Cambridgeshire and, having secured a tenancy on a county council holding in 2017, thought that they had cemented their farming future within the UK.

“It was solely a five-year farm enterprise tenancy on the outset, however we had been led to consider that this could be prolonged to fifteen years if all the pieces was going effectively on the time of renewal,” says the couple.

Common readers may recognise the Haywoods and their equipment as they featured in our What’s in Your Shed? collection earlier this yr.

On the time that they had large plans to speculate and develop the enterprise. However shortly afterwards, Cambridgeshire County Council introduced that they’d solely be granted an extra three years on the farm, and they might lose two-thirds of the land.

They had been additionally informed that after this era they must reapply and danger dropping the farm to a different applicant.

Sarah and Scott Haywood

Sarah and Scott Haywood © James Andrews

“We had just a few sleepless nights and, after planning totally different situations, labored out that it was too dangerous for us to maintain doing what we had been doing. Our plan was at all times to farm in addition to run a contracting enterprise and if we misplaced the tenancy, it could be an excessive amount of of a setback.”

The pair checked out different alternatives however couldn’t discover any enticing choices opening within the subsequent few years.

Having labored in New Zealand, Mr Haywood was accustomed to the farming system and will see extra potential for them to ascertain a profitable enterprise there. A visit to the nation in June 2022 sealed the deal and, shortly after, Mr Haywood was supplied a place as operations supervisor for a big contracting agency in Mid Canterbury.

This can give them a stable base from which to start out, and so they hope to purchase a farm of their very own within the subsequent few years. “We’ve tried to show the setback right into a optimistic and we’re wanting ahead to beginning afresh and getting ourselves re-established,” they are saying.

Earlier than emigrating, the Haywoods are auctioning their sizeable fleet of recent equipment on 13 September. The sale is being run by auctioneer Cheffins and might be held on the couple’s farm in Rampton, Cambridgeshire.

John Deere 6195R

© James Andrews

There might be greater than 150 heaps, headed by 4 John Deere tractors, the latest of which is a 2022 6195R (pictured above) with an estimate of £110,000-£120,000.

Different frontline equipment features a 2009 Claas Jaguar 960 self-propelled forager (pictured under) which is anticipated to promote for £60,000-£70,000 and a New Holland TX68 mix with a information of £18,000-£20,000.

Claas Jaguar 960

Claas Jaguar 960 © James Andrews

A bunch of implements are additionally up for grabs, similar to Bunning and Agrihire muckspreaders, Bailey trailers, a John Deere trailed sprayer and 5m Horsch Joker 5RT cultivator.

See additionally: Useful guidelines for purchasing a second-hand tractor

Public sale heaps

Haywood Farms, New Farm, Cow Lane, Rampton, Cambridgeshire – Tuesday 13 September 2022

Tractors 2022 John Deere 6195R; 2016 John Deere 6195R; 2011 John Deere 7530; 2010 John Deere 6330; 1999 Massey Ferguson 4255; Massey Ferguson 184S and 590

Forage harvester 2009 Claas Jaguar 960

Mix harvester 1998 New Holland TX68 with 24ft header

Excavator 2016 JCB JS130LC

JCB digger

JCB digger © James Andrews

Loader 2007 JCB 531-70 Agri Tremendous

Implements 2019/2017 Bunning Lowlander 150 and Agrihire 15t muckspreaders; 2021/2014 Bailey 15t trailers; 2017 Horsch Joker 5RT cultivator; 2017 Kuhn Maxima 2T maize drill; 2004 John Deere 822 sprayer with 24m growth, Massey Ferguson 190LB baler