Community rallies for Bodallin farmer

Community rallies for Bodallin farmer


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Primaries auctioneer Jay Macdonald sold the top-priced item, a 1998 Caterpillar 85D tractor with E series engine developing 280kW (375hp), for $39,000.

Primaries auctioneer Jay Macdonald sold the top-priced item, a 1998 Caterpillar 85D tractor with E series engine developing 280kW (375hp), for $39,000.

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There was strong support for the Pocock family's clearing sale at Bodallin.

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COMMUNITY support was appreciated by vendor Ryan Pocock at last week's Primaries Bodallin clearing sale.

The sale saw local farmers from Southern Cross, Kellerberrin, South Bodallin, Mount Hampton and Burracoppin coming out to buy items.

But unfortunately some of the older equipment on offer didn't attract interest and 25 lots, mainly machinery, were passed-in.

With 63 registered buyers and 147 lots the sale was quickly underway by 12:30pm.

Two hours later Primaries auctioneer Jay Macdonald knocked the hammer down on the last item, bringing an end to the Pocock farming era.

Mr Pocock said his family had a long history in agriculture and that showed in the machinery.

"I hope to stay in the rural and agricultural area in my future endeavours but it won't be farming," Mr Pocock said.

Southern Cross farmer Robert Dal Busco was taking a rest from the heat, sitting on some old cement troughs which sold for $5.

Southern Cross farmer Robert Dal Busco was taking a rest from the heat, sitting on some old cement troughs which sold for $5.

"I would just like to thank Primaries and all the local community for coming out today to support us."

It was near the end of the sale that Mr Macdonald worked hard between two bidders to sell the top-priced item, a 1998 Caterpillar 85D tractor (7800 hours), for $39,000.

The tractor, with a E series engine installed at 5600 hours, runs on 2.5 centimetre track treads and was sold with 67 per cent tread.

It also included a CD player, air seat and air conditioning which is essential in the Bodallin heat.

A rare 1973 Classic International 1468 V8 tractor developing 108kW (145hp) sold for $17,500, while a registered 1980 MAN 209kW (280hp) diesel 8x4 wheeler truck (76,771 kilometres) made $12,500.

The Ford 115kW (145hp) TW25 tractor/front end loader, quick-release buckets and hay and pallet forks sold for $8000 and a 48 tyne Horwood Bagshaw scarifier with Phoenix rotary harrows made $1700.

The New Holland TR89 header made $1300, while the Honey Bee front went to the same buyer for $1800.

Another header front was also sold for $400.

Lyle Wells (left) Southern Cross with his father Thomas and Mount Hampton farmer Linda Rose, came to support the sale and also grab a few bargains.

Lyle Wells (left) Southern Cross with his father Thomas and Mount Hampton farmer Linda Rose, came to support the sale and also grab a few bargains.

The D-6 B Caterpillar Dozer with a blade unfortunately had a broken engine and sold for $200.

The tree rake and canopy sold together to another buyer for $1250.

A three-point linkage offset disc harrow sold for $2000 while an old International 554 tractor, sold for wrecking only, made $400.

Another International tractor, an 866 (wrecking only), went under the hammer for $80.

An unlicensed 2010 Nissan Navara D40 ute, involved in an accident, sold for $550, and a Mitsubishi Triton ute for wrecking only made $20.

A 1999 New Holland TR89 harvester sold for $13,000 and an 11 metre Honey Bee draper front sold for $1800 to the same buyer.

A 1999 New Holland TR89 harvester sold for $13,000 and an 11 metre Honey Bee draper front sold for $1800 to the same buyer.

A pig trailer sold for $1500 and the matching grain bin made $500, while a D series Ford truck, sold for wrecking only, made $200.

Water and chemical tanks made good money at the sale with tanks of all sizes making between $350 and $1500.

Cup and saucer tanks made from $350 to $1150, with a 7570 litre cup and saucer tank selling for $2300.

Grain storage items were also up for grabs with two 25 tonne field bins selling for $300 and $400 respectively.

Another mobile field bin, with 31 tonnes of storage, made $1250 and a smaller silo feeder (2.5t holding capacity), made $35.

A 5-in-1 bin sold for $550 and two sets of portable sheep yards were sold for $300 and $850 respectively.

There were some great bargains in sundries with a lot selling for $50 which included a chainsaw, generator and compressor.

Three Sunbeam shearing heads sold at $50 for two and $100 for another.

The last lots of the day included 10 lots of chemical.

Shuttles of Era Copper Chelate, Era Calcium and TE blend and Era Bio Gypsum blend sold for between $10 and $20 a shuttle.

Two 1000L shuttles of Era Zinc Chelate made $100.

Trifluralin herbicide was sold for $1000 while glyphosate made $400.

 About 100 people turned out to the sale in support of vendor Ryan Pocock despite the heat, humidity and the threat of thunderstorms.

About 100 people turned out to the sale in support of vendor Ryan Pocock despite the heat, humidity and the threat of thunderstorms.

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