They came from the country, the back blocks and even the city. All wanting to get the right price to pay for that vital piece of machinery they need.

Yesterday saw hundreds flock to the Kauri Saleyards, north of Whangārei, for the 51st annual PGG Wrightson Machinery Sale.

Former Top Dressing pilot, Geoff McCall, Otaika, with beef farmer Brian Rosser from Riverhead.
Former Top Dressing pilot, Geoff McCall, Otaika, with beef farmer Brian Rosser from Riverhead.

Organiser and PGG Wrightson Whangārei stock agent Ian Munro said the event was a chance for farmers to sell any old farm equipment and buy some second hand gear they may need.

Beef farmers Gary Rolston, Okaihau, left and Paul Morrison from Kaihu, wait for the action to start.
Beef farmers Gary Rolston, Okaihau, left and Paul Morrison from Kaihu, wait for the action to start.

Munro said the equipment came from throughout Northland, as did the buyers, with some non-rural folk even getting in on the act.

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Farrier Michael Manson has a catch-up with Sharla Cochrane - both from Kauri
Farrier Michael Manson has a catch-up with Sharla Cochrane - both from Kauri

He said the event was also a chance for the farmers and stock agents to socialise away from the farms.

"As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

"Well over 400 items were for sale during the event.

Auctioneer Ian Munro acknowledges a bidder at Kauri Saleyards.
Auctioneer Ian Munro acknowledges a bidder at Kauri Saleyards.

Northern Advocate photographer John Stone went along too.

Bailey Paene leaves with a set of bull bars for the ute.
Bailey Paene leaves with a set of bull bars for the ute.