Realty & Auctioneers
Manchester Livestock Auction
563 927-3660 (office)
563 920-0361 Marvin's Cell
563 920-2082 David's Cell
Auctions are our only
business - -
One of the most important days in your financial life
deserves full time attention
Berniece Mae Cocking
Prime Farm Land Auction
Delaware County, Iowa
A Little Of This & A Little Of That
I was born in 1946
and am a 2nd generation auctioneer (my father Wesley started
in the auction business in 1947). I started my auction
career in 1973 and as difficult as it is to believe I have
been in the auction business longer than my father.
In his early career in 1 section of land there could be as
many as 8 to 10 farming families (farming 40 to 80 acres
Due to the vast numbers there could be 30 to 60 farm
machinery auctions each year in just one county. Today
there may be 1 farming family living in 8 to 10 sections
while the other houses & buildings have been sold to people
working in town ..... or maybe even torn down.
In my early career, let's say mid 1970's, there weren't as
many family farms but it would still be normal each year
from October to March to conduct 15 or 20 machinery
auctions. This was the time the "greatest generation"
was retiring ...... it was also the time we started
losing many of the "greatest generation" which also made for
some interesting auctions since many still had the
possessions they started with because they were "keepers"
unlike today's "throw it out society".
In the mid 1970's through the mid perhaps late 1980's while
in partnership with my father I can remember in the same
calendar year having 17 auctions in 14 days ..... and in
that same year going 59 days without an auction! Go
On a slow day today
(February 2019) I was looking through some of the items I've
kept over the years and found this ad that ran in late
August of 1978 that will show you what was happening early
in my careeer - - - - and yes, that is me on the right and I
would have been 32 years old!
Click on image for larger view
My son David joined
me in the auction business in 1994 and as we've fast
forwarded many things have changed including what you're now
doing as you read this ..... THE INTERNET. It has
brought the whole world to your front doorstep and has
changed all phases of personal life and business.
Prior to the internet if you wanted to buy a VAC Case
Tractor or a round oak table about the only time you could
buy one was when your neighbor had an auction. Today,
you can go on line and probably find scores of them for
sale. I can remember the time when someone attended
one of our auctions from 150 miles away ........... now we've
sold items to people in New York!
We've had the privilege to sell auctions for the best people
in Northeast Iowa and over the years there have been many
memorable auctions. Several of those auctions happened
prior to the internet - - as a matter of fact a great many
of those memorable auctions took place prior to video
October 1, 2011 we had the privilege of selling the Oliver
tractor collection for Ed and Mary Ann Schulte. Here's
the You Tube links for that auction as recorded by our good
friend Machinery Pete:
1963 Oliver Cockshutt
Other Oliver Tractors Sold That Same Day
Providing National Exposure
| You may
look at this page periodically and not see auctions listed.
That doesn't mean nothing is happening. We're in the
auction business full time including 70 + auctions annually
at Manchester Livestock Auction and at various times of the
year we're in the background preparing details of upcoming
|We firmly believe in service.
We firmly believe a successful auction is planned not just
hoped for. We treat your auction as if it were our own
giving attention to all the details while coordinating every
phase with you .... after all we're your hired hands and you
are our boss.
|We have a proven track record with
farm land and residential or commercial real estate and also
personal property auctions.
|Call us to set up and no obligation
visit discussing our services and we'll gladly provide you
with references so you can hear what our clients will say
..... not just what we say.
David 563 920-2082
|Auction ... The Sound That
Moves Millions .....
Both People & Dollars
thinking of having an auction
we'd be most happy to visit with
on a confidential - no obligation basis
and let you