THE Stevenson family, Duranillan, officially called it a day last Thursday when they called in the Westcoast Wool & Livestock team to offer their farm gear at auction.
It was one of the first clearing sales in the area this season, attracting 200 buyer registrations, with a lot of competitive bidding for sheep-handling gear.
Auctioneer Chris Hartley powered his way through the various vintage and sundry items before hitting the bigger ticket items, with many lots selling above expectations to deliver a solid sale result by the end of the day.
Included in the line-up was a John Deere 3650 tractor (6132 hours) which made the sale-topping price of $16,000.
A 1973 C670 model Chamberlain tractor also commanded a healthy price of $13,000 while a six-row John Shearer 27 tine direct drill combine made $9500.
Sheep-related equipment drew plenty of interest with a Harvestaire mulesing cradle, in good condition, snapped up for $1800, which was probably slightly above market value, while a Harrington single crutching followed, reaching a final bid of $2000.
Other equipment included a 3.8 tonne Advantage lick feeder (sold at $2000); two mobile sheep feeders ($1400 and $400); an 8’ x 6’ ute sheep crate ($160) and a portable sheep race ($600); a Livermatic wool press ($20); a wool bin ($40); several wool stands ($90-$110) and a shearing grinder ($450).
Four Sunbeam Super Pro shearing heads, in good condition, sold for between $700 and $850 each to the new owner of the property.
Two other handpieces went for $280 and $400, while a wool table made $200.
The few lots of grain-handling equipment available saw a 12.2 metre (40 foot) Fastflow auger with a new electric motor and 17.5 centimetre (7 inch) barrel, sell for $4400; two pencil augers made $300 and $800 respectively and a 12 tonne mobile field bin made $220.
A Marshall Multispreader sold at $8000, which generally met expectations, while a round baler made $1800, a Chamberlain 24 tine scarifier was knocked down for $4000 and a post hole digger sold at $2700.
A Honda 350 motor cycle made $2000 and a 2013 Honda 420 4x4 ATV, in very good condition, sold for $7000.
Other equipment sold included an assortment of tyres (sold between $5 and $200); a Husqvarna ride-on mower ($1600) and fire-fighting pumps and tanks ($120-$660).
And an outside vendor claimed $9000 for a 4WD 8650 John Deere tractor.