Vendor John Sturgess watched on as the sale went ahead. N184916

Vendor John Sturgess watched on as the sale went ahead. N184916

 Elders sold 10 of the 13 tractors at the clearing sale on Friday. N174916

Elders sold 10 of the 13 tractors at the clearing sale on Friday. N174916

CLEARING sale regulars don’t recall seeing too many bigger sales than the one on Friday at the property of John and Jan Sturgess of Loch.
More than 300 people registered to bid on a huge range of items, from as-new tractors through to PVC pipe and dairy equipment, power tools, rotary hoes and pressure washers.
Alex Dixon from Elders led the sale and agreed with the punters about its size.
“It’s the biggest sale people-wise I’ve seen for a long time.
“There were 309 registered bidders so I’d estimate there would have been 450 there at its peak.”
Alex said Loch’s central location was the key factor.
“Pakenham, Cranbourne, Warragul, Leongatha and Wonthaggi are all within half an hour and we scattered our advertising around those areas.”
He said the sales were excellent due to the excellent condition and range of the items.
A couple of tractors sold for between $12,000 and $15,000, although one was passed in $46,000.
“Ten of the 13 tractors were sold which is a good result, a tandem trailer went well above expectations.”
The scale of the sale was boosted by a number of outside vendors, all from the Loch district.
“It was a very successful sale – the biggest for a few years which shows that farmers are still going OK, and that they still love a clearing sale!”
Mr and Mrs Sturgess have fully retired and will move to Pakenham.