Greater than two million kilos’ worth of apparatus and instruments went beneath the hammer at Holsworthy market in Devon closing week.

Hosted by West Nation auctioneers Kivells, the record-setting public sale exceeded the market’s annual gear sale full in merely ultimately.

David Kivell and James Morish juggled virtually 2,000 on-line bidders, along with the crowds that turned up on the day, as they supplied 1,400 loads of tractors, trailers, balers and arable instruments.

Together with a hoard of regular listings, the sale moreover featured dispersals of two big corporations, Lark Plant Agricultural Contractors of Ashwater, Devon, and KEA Agricultural Contractors of Truro.

“It was a implausible sale with consumers travelling to Holsworthy from as far afield as Yorkshire, Usk, Kent and Birmingham,” acknowledged director David Kivell.

“This was the most important and greatest-value sale ever carried out by Kivells in its 137-year historical past.”

See moreover: Dizzying prices from the RC Baker retirement public sale

Beneath is a round-up of some of the tons.


Claas Cougar 1400

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Whereas the prize for the perfect price of the day would possibly want gone to a John Deere 7480i self-propelled forage harvester, selling for £69,000, one different green-machine hogged the limelight.

Arguably in all probability essentially the most attention-grabbing lot on the sale, the spider-like Claas Cougar garnered little bit of consideration.

The 2007-built, self-propelled five-gang mower is believed to be one amongst solely two in working scenario inside the UK.

With a relatively low hour rely of two,318, the weird machine supplied for £39,000, and was taken residence by the Easterbrook family, primarily based in Exmoor.

Fendt 828 Vario

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Kicking off the tons from Truro-based KEA Agricultural Contractors, a 2013 828 Fendt Vario with 4,950 hours on the clock supplied for £68,200.

John Deere 6930

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A barely older 2011 John Deere 6930 on unknown hours fetched £34,000.

John Deere 6150R

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This 2015 John Deere supplied with higher than 6,000 engine hours clocked, making £43,100.

John Deere 6930

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The selling degree for this barely older 2012 6930 was the comparatively unworked loader, which contributed to its £41,600 hammer price.

One other of the alternatives from the Truro contractor KEA, this well-worked tractor had achieved 7,100 hours.

JCB 536-60 Agri-Tremendous Loadall

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A JCB 536-60 Agri-Tremendous supplied full with pallet forks for £56,200. The 2017, 1,100 hour machine will go to its new residence with a JCB premium cowl assure until September.

JCB 536-60 Agri Tremendous loadall

A duo of barely older 536-60 JCB Agri Tremendous handlers, in-built 2014 and 2015 fashions, and each throughout the 6,000-hour mark, supplied for £28,000 and £30,000 respectively.

Holsworthy bidding stats

  • The sale exceeded £2m
  • 1,889 registered on-line bidders
  • 30% of tons supplied on-line
  • 59% of tons acquired a web-based bid
  • 86% of tons supplied


In what is also a sign of a change out there available in the market, the urge for meals for newer tractor fashions seemed to be lacking on the day.

The bidding train elements to a requirement for machines produced between 2012 and 2017, whereas plenty of stylish machines went unsold or failed to satisfy their reserves.

Beneath are a few that didn’t uncover a brand new residence:

Fendt 724

This unsold, nonetheless usually fascinating, 2020 Fendt 724 tractor is in immaculate scenario, having achieved 3,097 hours.

John Deere 6215R

From the an identical yr and likewise unsold, a John Deere 6215R, with just a few further clock hours (3,266).

New Holland T7.210

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With associated hours and age, this 2019 New Holland T210 had achieved 3,148 hours and was moreover a non-seller.

Smyth Area Grasp 16t silage trailer

Surprisingly, this glowing, showroom-condition,16t Smyth silage trailer failed to point out heads.

It was purchased new by Lark Plant Agricultural Contractors in 2021, and has remained a shed ornament for months, having certainly not been used.

Claas Lexion 440 combine

Bucking the sample, this outdated, nonetheless nonetheless gold, 1998 Claas combine has been used to cut spherical 120ha yearly and had a model new wobble subject fitted closing yr.

It has clocked up 3,200 hours, and sadly didn’t uncover a brand new proprietor on the day.

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