Original Ham Company holds machinery auction

Somerset firm The Original Ham Company is set to hold an online auction of its machinery, following the closure of its Wincanton operation.

The auction is being webcast through www.bidspotter.com and includes a whole range of primary processing, manufacturing and packaging equipment associated with the manufacture of hams, cooked and sliced meat and sausages.

Equipment available from the closure on 15 August includes machinery from Multivac, Weiler, Seydelmann, Risco Breveti, Vemag and Wolfking with 300 lots planned to go under the hammer.

Pro Auction director Mark Flynn, who is overseeing the auction, said: "Since the economic downturn, the interest in good-quality second-hand processing machinery has significantly increased. This, coupled with good exchange rates and the fact the machinery is readily available, should appeal to processors worldwide."

The machinery auction is set for 23 September, prior to which a viewing of the items is offered to interested parties.

The Original Ham Company site had previously operated from a modern 12,500sq ft factory at the former Watchbell Site in Wincanton. It boasted capacity of 100 tons per week, specialising in providing packers with a range of pre-diced or sliced pork shoulder, ham, sausages, assorted meat rolls, chicken and other meat components for quiches and pie fillings.