Selling for £73,000, a John Deere tractor achieved the highest price in a recent farm dispersal sale in North Devon.

The sale took place on behalf of Mrs J Waldron at Court Farm, a dairy farm in Bishops Tawton near Barnstaple on Wednesday, September 22.

There were more than 450 lots auctioned by Stags which included tractors, trailers, cattle equipment and an extensive range of well-kept modern farm machinery.

Top price on the day saw the 2018 John Deere 6155R 4wd tractor with just 3,000 hours on the clock race away to £73,000.

It was bought by a farmer from St Austell who went on to pay the day's second highest price, £28,000 for the 2014 JCB TM320S Agri Artic Steer Materials telehandler.

The 2016 Broughan 26’ livestock trailer that had attracted plenty of interest both in the UK and overseas prior to the sale sold for £20,000.

Other notable lots included the 2009 John Deere 6830 Standard tractor with more than 14,000 hours on the clock sold for £19,500 and the 2019 Teagle Titan 9 Rear Discharge FYM spreader which had been bought new on the farm, sold for the exceptional price of £16,500 to a buyer from Newquay.

Using the online webcast auction for the first time proved to be a success with 15 items being sold online, with prospective bidders and onlookers having the ability to physically watch the sale live by webcam.

Items sold online included the He-Va 21’ Folding Cambridge rollers which were frantically bid on both in the field and online and eventually went under the virtual hammer for £4,800 to a buyer from Ivybridge.

The second best item sold online was the 2008 John Deere 331 mower conditioner which, despite now coming out of season, eventually sold for £3,000 to an online buyer who lived nearby in Crediton but was unable to attend the sale, demonstrating the advantage of having the ability to bid online from afield.