One of the largest machinery dispersal sales to be seen in the North of England for many years is to be held in County Durham next month.
Operations are being scaled down at Hurworth Bryan Farm, near Wingate, where on Saturday, July 19, a huge inventory of modern farming machinery and plant hire will be going under the hammer, along with a comprehensive selection of workshop machines, tools and other items.
Acting on behalf of J. Kemp Ltd, the sale will be conducted by Youngs RPS, together with Hexham and Northern Marts.
In total, more than 1,000 items will be listed, including vehicles ranging from a 2009 John Deere C670 Hillmaster combine harvester with only 360 drum hours, and a 52 plate John Deere 9520 articulated tractor on tracks with just 600 hours to a Scammell Eight Wheel Vintage Lorry Breakdown Rig.
Equipment on offer includes a Simba 500 SL cultivator, a 5.5m double, chain harrows, Claas quandrant balers, building materials and small tools.
Much of it is of outstanding quality and has been well maintained.
John Kemp, a farmer’s son who was born and brought up in the North East, said: “I started out doing small building jobs for local people, and when I got sick of digging, I bought a digger.”
Within three years he had six, and by year 10 owned 80 different machines, eventually growing the company into one of the largest contracting and machinery plant hire businesses in the area, with a large agricultural division.
Having recently made the decision to reduce his workload, much of the agricultural machinery owned by the business is included in the sale.
Tom Oates, auctioneer and partner at Youngs RPS, said: “John Kemp has worked extremely hard over many years to build the well-known and highly respected family business that is J Kemp Ltd.
“His decision to scale down his operations has produced certainly the largest and most varied collection of well-maintained farm machinery and equipment that I have ever seen offered in one sale.
“This is a truly unique opportunity for buyers, and as one of the auctioneers it is a great honour to be assisting with the selling on John’s behalf.”
Chris Armstrong, of Hexham and Northern, added: “We regularly conduct machinery sales in addition to the livestock auctions at Hexham Mart, but it’s rare to see a sale like this.
“There is some seriously powerful equipment on offer, of the likes rarely seen in this part of the world, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of it selling to overseas buyers.
“In a number of cases the equipment is little used.
“It should be an exciting sale to be a part of. As the leading firm of plant and machinery auctioneers in the North East, Hexham & Northern are delighted to be working as joint agents with Youngs RPS on this prestigious auction sale and to be carrying out the auctioneering duties on the day.”
Such is the scale of the sale that a viewing day has been scheduled for Friday, July 18, running from 10am to 5pm.
Other viewings can be arranged by appointment.
It is anticipated that two auctioneers will be selling at the same time throughout much of the day.
All buyers will be asked to register before the sale.