Farm Ireland

Saturday 17 March 2018

Combines spark interest at booming ashford auctions

Wicklow firm reports successful day at sales as huge range of machines goes under the hammer

Bruce Lett

Ashford Auctions in Co Wicklow is one of many such firms competing for business in this post-Celtic Tiger era. Run by auctioneering partners Patrick O'Neill and Raymond Gaffney it is "getting stronger and stronger", according to Mr Gaffney. "We run it every six weeks with people now coming from the four corners of the country."

As a sign that the country is still suffering the after effects of the boom era, around half the entries are from various financial institutions, banks and liquidators. The other half, though, are private entries which could be taken as a positive indicator as people try to generate some working capital to carry on and finance their respective businesses.

The Wicklow duo's most recent auction event ran in Ashford on June 11, where a large selection of agricultural and commercial vehicles and machinery drew huge interest.

In particular, two very saleable combine harvesters sparked the interest of many farmers contemplating an upgrade for this season.

While neither sold on the day, intensive negotiations were carried out early last week to secure the best price for both and they were sold accordingly.

"We have nearly everything sold by Tuesday," said Mr Gaffney a few days later.

"At the end of the day we're there to make all parties happy. We're tough, fair and straight to deal with and will fight for customers as much as we can to do a deal."

The following is a selection of what was on auction in Ashford on the day. All the items sold on the day or early the next week.

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Some of the private entries do not have VAT but all of the following are subject to an additional 5pc auctioneer's fee.

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