Good turnout expected at Northumberland tractor dispersal sale

A collection of 10 classic tractors are to go on sale at Warkshaugh Farm in Northumberland

Tractor working the fields in Berwickshire
Tractor working the fields in Berwickshire

Larga crowds from all over the UK are expected to visit Northumberland tomorrow for a farm dispersal sale, featuring a range of vintage machines.

Freddy and Pamela Dodds, of Warkshaugh Farm, have a collection of ten classic David Brown tractors, as well as a good inventory of farming machinery.

The sought-after tractors, which will be sold from 11am onwards, have been employed at the farm up until last month

Mr Dodds said: “I’ve acquired them over the years.

“It’s just a smallholding but I’ve done all my own work with these sort of classic tractors. Two oldest are from 1971 and the others are from throughout the 70s. I bought them at farm sales.

“They’ve all been in use and are all in working order. They’re getting old and are really just ready to go into a showpiece museum or for people to do up.”

Mr Dodds said the farm did not use any modern tractors, the most recent model being from 1983.

“We always had David Browns,” he added.

“I got them because the parts are all the same and also there is a mechanic who worked at the West Cumberland Farmers store for years at Wark Station who knows everything about them, so he did all the repair work – although there wasn’t that much to do really.”

He added that it was hard to comment on whether the older machines had the edge over modern ones, as he had “never had the privilege” to drive the latter.

“But I think they’re very expensive to repair,” he added. If something goes wrong, it’s like a new computer box and it’s really expensive. They’re made much more technical all the time.

“For the people that change them every two years, I guess they’re all right but when they get a bit of age on them there might be problems for whoever has them further down the line.

“I really don’t know anything about the modern scene, though, because I’ve just stuck with the old ones.”

Mr Dodds has used the tractors mainly for the production of corn and hay.

“There was nearly a tractor on every machine and rather than spend time swapping machines over from one to the other I just jumped from one to the other,” he said.

“The 1210 was on the plough all the time - just a conventional plough, not a modern one.

“The 1494 and the 1490 were on the cultivator or the rotavator and the 996s would just be on the lighter machinery like the hay boxes.

“We had David Browns from the 1960s and stuck with them but I came to Warkshaugh in 1987. I’m 65 now and none of the family want to take over the farm - it’s not big enough really at 135 acres.”

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