A 2011 Grimme RH24-60 grader made £96,500 and a 2017 John Deere 6215R tractor with 2311 hours on the clock sold for above the estimate of £85,000 at a timed online sale of second hand machinery staged on behalf of JL Carter and Sons, Knutsford, Cheshire.

The sale, conducted by East Anglian-based auctioneer, Cheffins, saw more than 100 items forward and a 100% clearance, with lots finding new homes both in the UK and overseas.

Other top sellers included a 2008 John Deere 7530 with 8649 hours selling for £35,500, whilst a John Deere 6930 with 6879 hours made £42,750.

Also forward was a 2005 Grimme self-propelled potato harvester which sold for £40,000; a 2015 Grimme GT170 trailed potato harvester that made £61,500 and a 2008 Bateman RB26 24m self-propelled sprayer was knocked down at £40,000.

“In spite of some low commodity prices and continued challenging weather conditions, demand for high-quality and well-maintained kit continues to prevail and the success of this sale demonstrates the buoyancy of the trade post-Brexit," said Oliver Godfrey, Cheffins director.

"The sale saw well over 50,000 views on the Cheffins website, as buyers from both the UK and overseas looked to take advantage of the machinery on offer.”