Ritchie Bros. on-the-farm auctions: a wrap up of 2017

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Ritchie Bros. on-the-farm auction

A look back at a busy year of on-the-farm auctions in Canada and the U.S.

We conduct hundreds of full-service, on-the-farm auctions across Canada each year, helping farmers when they retire or simply decide to sell a farmland, equipment, and livestock.

Our on-the-farm auctions feature an entire mobile auction unit that we bring a property. Imagine a small convoy of vehicles arriving with trailers used for registration, administration and payment offices, mobile auction booth complete with P.A. and online bidding connections. There’s even heated/air conditioned bathrooms for customers.

It’s a busy, fast-paced part of our business, and 2017 was no exception. Here’s a look back on the year.

Ritchie Bros. on-the-farm auction mobile unit.

Local auctions, bidders from around the world.

Ritchie Bros.’ Agriculture Division was hard at work in 2017, conducting more than 140 on-the-farm auctions in Canada and the U.S., and attracting more than 100,000 onsite and online bidders and buyers from all over the world – including countries as far away as Australia, Belgium, and Peru.

Ritchie Bros.‘ on-the-farm auction in Grenfell, SK, Canada in June 2017

Ritchie Bros.‘on-the-farm auction in Grenfell, SK, Canada in June 2017.

Breaking ground in Clinton, Indiana.

We conducted a farm auction in Clinton, Indiana for the first time in 2017. The auction was a big success for Foltz Farms, with 900+ people from 33 countries, from as far away as Mexico, Egypt, and Nigeria, registered to bid.

More recently, we kicked off the 2017/2018 bison auction season at our site in North Battleford, SK on Dec 6 selling over 450 head of bison!

Livestock sold at Ritchie Bros. auction.

Pricing highlights from 2017 on-the-farm auctions.

Here’s a look at just a few of our top-selling ag equipment items we sold in 2017 at on-the-farm auctions:

  • Unused 2017 New Holland CR9.90 elevation combine – sold for US$343,008 (CA $455,000) in Swan River, MB
  • 2013 Case IH 600 Quadtrac track tractor – sold for US$337,154 (CA $450,000) in Drumheller, AB
  • 2014 Bourgault 3320 QDA 76 Ft air drill – sold for US$333,159 (CA $445,000) in Drumheller, AB

Farm equipment sold at Ritchie Bros. on-the-farm auctions.

Jordan Clarke, our resident ag equipment expert, looks back at 2017 as a whirlwind of a year.

“With the 2017 auction season finally coming to close across North America for our Ag team, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of customers – both buyers and sellers for their patronage,” says Jordan, Sales Director, Agriculture for Western Canada. “It has been a whirlwind of a year and although varying crop conditions left some customers with wins and losses, we will look back at 2017 as another successful year in the auction business, as we helped complete 100s of auction across the prairies of Canada and U.S., all to help make the transition from active farming to retirement a little easier for our customers.”

Ritchie Bros.‘ on-the-farm auction in Oakville, MB in July 2017.

Ritchie Bros.‘ on-the-farm auction in Oakville, MB in July 2017.

“Our sights are already set on 2018 and it truly looks as though it will be one of our busiest seasons yet, with over 75 farm auctions already booked for spring and summer,” Jordan continues. “The preparation and logistic planning is well underway to ensure that Ritchie Bros. can provide the best customer service to our sellers and the best product to our buyers. In addition, our Agricultural team will be fully utilizing our online auction model on IronPlanet, so watch for upcoming auctions that will feature a large selection of agricultural equipment in Canada and the U.S.”

Looking ahead at 2018, we already have more than 60 upcoming Spring 2018 farm auctions scheduled, with more in the works, so check our auction calendar regularly. If you need to sell ag equipment or farmland, talk to our Agriculture Division about how we can help.

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