INCREASED entries as sellers recognised the stronger demand for farm and plant machinery and implements ahead of the Brexit deadline, resulted in a solid trade throughout at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' sale at Thainstone last week.

Mark Barrack, head of specialist auctions at Aberdeen and Northern Marts said: "As we near March 29, and await further announcements from London, export traders prepare for the uncertainty and challenges associated with the UK leaving the European single market.

"Concerns of increased trade tariffs, transport difficulties and higher prices for new machinery led to strong demand and across the country.

"Consistent prices were achieved in all categories with buyers bidding keenly on construction and agricultural equipment.

"Strong demand was also evident among buyers for good quality tractors due to the limited supply on the market," added Mr Barrack who pointed out that the online bidding platform continues to grow in popularity attracting domestic and international buyers unable to attend the sale in person.

Top prices included £34,000 paid for a 2013 Massey Ferguson 7616 Dyna tractor; £27,500 for a 2012 JCB 160 LC tracked excavator; £25,000 for a 2012 Hitachi Zaxis 130LCN tracked excavator and £22,500 for a 2008 JCB 3CX contractor.

Implements sold to £5400 for a NC low loader; £3450 for a Kuhn 3003 power harrow; £3400 for a Macaulay 18' plant trailer with wedge to make 20' and £3300 for a Marshall dump trailer.