19 May, 2021
Clearing sale sees end of an era
Kerry and Maria Cranitch, owners of the “Goldenvein” property on Clifton Boundary Road, held a clearing sale last week which saw them part ways with farming machinery, vehicles and other items that brought back memories of the many decades they have spent calling the property home.
The sale was conducted online by Nutrien Harcourts Cooke from 9am Friday to 2pm on Monday.
There was a total of 107 lots for sale, of which 90 passed the reserve price and were sold.
Only nine lots had no bidders.
Kerry Cranitch retired from farming 18 months ago and began leasing his land to a share farmer.
Mr and Mrs Cranitch still live in the same house on the property and maintain its immediate surroundings.
Mr Cranitch said he had planned to have the clearing sale sooner before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on his plans.
“You couldn’t plan ahead when that happened.
“That’s why we waited this long,” Mr Cranitch said.
After all the business relating to the clearing sale has been concluded, Mr Cranitch said he and his wife plan to go on a holiday.
“We intend to go travelling a bit.
“It is hard to get away when you have a farm, “ Mr Cranitch said.
Within the first few hours of the online auction being live, there had already been bids that had surpassed the reserve prices on more than 15 lots.
Big-ticket items for the clearing sale included a Spra Coupe 4660 spray rig, a Case CVX170 front end loader tractor, a UD450 Bogie Drive Tipper, a Case 1688 Header and a horse/stock trailer.
The highest selling item was a 36ft Phillips Prickle Chain Harrows that sold for $22,000, followed by a Fermac loader that sold for $16,000 and a Twin 1 Tonne Gyral SR Seeder that sold for $15,000.
In addition to the always popular farm machinery and vehicles, there were a few miscellaneous items that proved quite popular.
They included an antique black and gold bed frame that went for $154 and a set of three old stained glass windows that went for $50.
There was a bidding war over a set of 24 air filters as the bidders kept on outbidding each other in $1 increments to a final price of $342.
The vehicles up for auction included a Commer tipper and a UD450 Bogie Drive Tipper.
Many of the lots were made from steel, a strong commodity at the moment.