Whilst stock had decreased across the quarter by 11 per cent (when compared with Q2 2018), the September 2018 auction was the highest grossing September sale at the Cheffins site since 2014, making a total of £3.5m. A combination of a strong harvest and higher commodity prices has led to farmers looking to change up machinery as revenues increased throughout the summer. Similarly, prices are continually buoyed by the strength of overseas buyers making the most of favourable exchange rates and a lack of stock.
Around 80 per cent of stock sold at the Cheffins Cambridge Machinery Sales is destined for overseas, with buyers from around 30 different countries competing for the best kit. The third quarter of the year saw the most active buyer nationalities being Southern Ireland, Spain and Poland, with a total of circa £3m being sold to these countries in the past three months. Similarly, domestic buyers have returned to the market as a result of increased revenues, with circa £2m-worth of stock being sold at the Cambridge Machinery Sales to UK-based purchasers.
Bill Pepper, Director, comments: “A strong harvest and higher commodity prices has led to value increases for the best quality second-hand agricultural machinery and plant equipment. Stock levels decreased throughout Q3, however this was to be expected as farmers’ time is taken up by harvest and the hay-making period. The gross figure for the September 2018 sale is illustrative of the demand for second-hand kit which we have seen this year as farmers and dealers return to the market. Buyers from Europe are continuing to dominate sales, with a Spanish dealer being the biggest individual buyer, whilst purchasers from Poland are coming into their own as its burgeoning agricultural sector sees demand for second-hand machinery. Additional reassurance for farmers in the release of the Agriculture Bill has also led to an increase in UK-based purchasers and we expect the last quarter of the year to see high levels of demand for the best second-hand opportunities.”