FTMTA News 29th May 2020

Tractor Registrations Fell in April

The latest figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association in relation to registrations of tractors and other types of self-propelled machinery cover the period to the end of April and, unsurprisingly, record a substantial fall off in activity when compared to a year ago.

The ongoing Coronavirus crisis and associated restrictions did not seem to have much impact on the registration of new tractors during March but the wider situation was certainly felt far more acutely in April when registrations of new tractors dropped by 43% during the month in comparison to April, 2019. Last month saw 119 units registered which brings the total for the first four months of the year to 1,015 units, a drop of nearly 8% on last year. The farm machinery trade continues to operate in relation to the supply of parts, service / repair and delivery / installation of machines as essential services in support of farming and while new machines can be delivered it was generally expected that this would be at lower than previously anticipated levels.

Cork, Wexford and Tipperary continue to be the three counties with the highest level of registrations in the first four months of the year; Cork has had 145 units registered and Wexford and Tipperary are separated by only one unit with 68 and 67 units registered respectively.

Slightly in excess of 91% of new tractor registrations during the first four months of the year were of machines with more than 100hp and 60% were of machines with more than 120hp.

Teleporter registrations probably continue to be more heavily impacted by the overall global context with the 50% year on year drop seen in March escalating even more in April when the level of monthly registrations fell to 7 units, a drop of 75% on April 2019. The total number of such machines registered during the January to April period is 196 units, a drop of some 20% on last year. While it is likely that an effectively suspended construction sector is impacting on these numbers, the fact that the NCTS centres have been closed since the end of March is another contributing factor. Most tractors are registered online but an element of teleporter registrations would be done physically at NCTS centres.

Wheeled loader registrations dropped by 5 units in April, as against the same month last year, to record 12 units registered. Despite this drop, such machines have seen total registrations in the first four months, underpinned by good numbers in January and February, increase by 21% on last year to 57 units.

There were no registrations of backhoe loaders during April, leaving the total for the year to date at 19 units, down from 35 in 2019.

As the start of the grass silage season looms, registrations of new self-propelled forage harvesters are gathering pace. A total of 22 such machines had been registered by the end of April. Last year was a bumper one for foragers with nearly 60 new machines registered and it is to be expected that numbers will fall this year. It is interesting to note however that the current level of registrations is the same as the total number for the full year of 2012 with more machines still to make their way through the system.

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FTMTA News 11th May 2020

Cancellation of FTMTA Grass & Muck 2020.

Unfortunately, it has become inevitable in recent weeks that it would be necessary to cancel FTMTA Grass & Muck 2020 and the FTMTA has now formally made this decision. In reality, it is likely that this comes as no surprise at this stage.

In late March FTMTA took the step of postponing FTMTA Grass & Muck from the originally scheduled date of May 14th to a date in the second half of August. The decision announced by Government in recent weeks, effectively banning public gatherings of 5,000 and more people until at least September, has superseded that postponement.

The safety and health of all stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors and the wider implications for the national public health situation remain the paramount concern of the Association and, in that context, FTMTA was left with no option but to now cancel this year’s event.

Even as the Coronavirus / Covid-19 situation developed, the Association remained committed to delivering what would have been the largest ever FTMTA Grass & Muck event; unfortunately this was not to be this year.

The Association greatly appreciates the co-operation received from the management and team at Gurteen College in the past months as we worked together to prepare for the event. FTMTA remains fully committed to returning to Gurteen for FTMTA Grass & Muck in the future.

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FTMTA News 1st April 2020

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2020 update. 

The FTMTA Grass & Muck 2020, schedulued for May 14th, has been postponed due to the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.

The health and safety of all stakeholders, exhibitors, visitors and the general public is of paramount concern and the FTMTA urges everyone to stay safe and follow all official protocols during this time.

Working with Gurteen College and exhibitors the event is now anticipated to take place in mid to late August. All decisions around this event will be made based on official protocols and we will continue to update you on this.

We would also like to thank everybody currently working in frontline services helping those affected.

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FTMTA News 30th March 2020

Farm Machinery Industry Operating As An Essential Service Under Government Guidelines

The various strands of the Irish farm machinery industry remain operational in support of our farming customers in line with Government guidelines on essential services.

Manufacturing

Based on the updated “List of essential service providers under new public health guidelines” issued by Government on Saturday evening agricultural machinery manufacturing can continue. The list of manufacturing activities that can continue includes the following wording:

  • the manufacture of products necessary for the supply chain of essential services; computer, electronic and optical products including semi-conductors; electrical equipment, machinery and other equipment (including agricultural and forestry machinery); medical devices; and medical and dental equipment and supplies.

Agricultural machinery manufacturing can continue due to its role in the supply chain for agriculture. Obviously all operations must be conducted in line with recommended physical distancing and public health guidelines.

Dealerships and distributors

The updated “List of essential service providers under new public health guidelines” released by Government to add detail to the announcement made by the Taoiseach on Friday evening does allow dealer and distribution businesses within our trade to maintain a level of operation in relation to supply of parts, service / repair operations and delivery of machinery.

The following section which relates to parts, service and installation / delivery of machines is included in the updated list:

Repair and installation of Machinery and Equipment 

  • the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment and industrial machinery and equipment for essential services.                                       

The agriculture sector (our customers) are categorised as an essential service in an earlier part of the same list so the supply of parts and service by us to them is now also an essential service

This is not carte blanche to open the whole business as normal – that is definitely not the case. The restrictions on us as a retail business remain in place and for that reason all businesses in the trade to be careful how we deal with any increased flexibility.

The wording in the updated list allows us some scope in relation to service, parts and delivery of machines but still in a behind closed doors fashion:

The business must remain closed to the public and the gates should be kept closed with a notice placed on them advising that while the supply of parts and service is possible it is subject to restrictions and giving a contact number to make arrangements – effectively a by appointment situation.

The supply of parts will still have to happen in a restricted fashion. Parts orders to be taken by phone or online where possible. In the situation where the customer is not sure what exact part is required that can be dealt at the counter by arrangement and within the social distancing and hygiene framework.

Delivery of parts should still be possible by courier but it will take longer than normal probably.

The farmer customer is less restricted than most sectors and are allowed to go about their farming business and that would include travelling to your premises for collections. Handle that in accordance with social distancing – give the customer a time to call and leave the parts out.

Service / repair on farm is not an issue and can continue. Some jobs will need to go to workshops – so be it but please do not allow the customer into the workshop. If it has not already been done, I suggest splitting the workshop into teams either in different and separated ends of the workshop or on opposite shifts. Take receipt of the machine in the yard and sanitise all surfaces that will be worked on. Return of the machine should be done in the same way. All service operation whether inhouse or at the customer location must be carried out within physical distancing parameters.

Never have two customers collecting at the same time – that is not social distancing. Customers should not leave their vehicle until instructed to do so and parts for collection can be left out.

It is a busy time of the year and there are machines in yards that are sold and due to go out. Delivery is allowed and the above scenario of the customer calling to collect under strict guidelines would also apply.

Most Irish parts suppliers and many Irish manufacturers will be continuing to ship, as will many international suppliers, and although deliveries may take a little longer the supply chain will continue to operate. Deliveries coming into the business either from domestic suppliers or from overseas can continue to be received within the best practise social distancing recommendations – interaction with driver should be at a distance and kept to a minimum, ideally they do not need to leave the cab.

In summary, the business is closed to the public and that needs to be obvious. The customer will give you little thanks for bending the rules for him if a future infection is later traced back to that interaction. We are in this together and people have to follow the restrictions, This is not a drill – this is a real emergency, the greatest that we will ever face hopefully!

FTMTA have issued a template of a letter for member staff to show to Gardai if stopped on the way to or from work This letter identifies that the staff member is working within an essential service as outlined in the Government list of such activities. This letter should be completed for all staff required to attend for work and given it to them as soon as possible.

Please keep yourselves, your families, your staff and your customers safe.

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FTMTA News 25th February 2020

New tractor registrations down slightly at start of year

The most recent tractor and other self propelled machinery registration figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) indicate that registrations of new tractors fell slightly during January in comparison to the same month of last year. According to the FTMTA figures, 429 new tractors were registered during January which is a 3% drop on last year. The three counties with the highest numbers of tractors registered during the month were Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with 55, 31 and 27 units respectively. The only county with no registrations during January was Monaghan. Slightly over 90% of all new tractors registered during the first month of the year were in excess of 100hp.   

Telehandler registrations fell by some 8.5% on January 2019 with 108 such units registered. This is still a very healthy number against the background of the very high numbers of such machines registered last year which totalled 476 units by year end. Cork, Meath and Tipperary were the three counties with the highest levels of telehandlers registered during January with 21, 18 and 11 units respectively.

Wheeled loader registrations had a good month in January with 25 units registered which was a considerable increase on the 13 units in January of 2019. Given the total of 115 such machines registered during all of last year, the performance this January is quite significant. On the other hand, registrations of backhoe loaders fell from 15 units in January 2019 to 6 units last month.

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FTMTA News 21st November 2019

FTMTA Welcomes More New Members  

The Executive Council of the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association accepted two further firms into membership of the Association at its October meeting.

Blackwater Agri Sales & Services is based at Keereen Lower. Co. Waterford and was founded by Sean Cotter in 2006. The retail dealership is a dealer for the Redrock, Bomford, Trioliet and Malone ranges and also imports used tractors. The business can be contacted on 087 7966241and the website can be found at www.blackwateragrisales.com

Ballyealan Engineering Ltd. (t/a Blue Bull Machinery) is an agri engineering company founded in recent years by Darragh Egan. The firm is based at Beechill, Tullamore Co. Offaly and manufactures a range of equipment including bale lifters, feeding machinery and loader implements. The business can be contacted on 087 2681620 and the website can be viewed at www.bluebullmachinery.ie .

The addition of these latest firms to the ranks of FTMTA continues the efforts in recent years of the trade association representing the Irish farm machinery industry to grow its membership to represent the sector as comprehensively as possible.

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FTMTA News 20th November 2019

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2020 Closing Date

The closing date for FTMTA Grass & Muck, to be held at Gurteen                                                College on Thursday,May 14th, 2020 is on Friday, January 24th. Application packs have been issued by email to all those firms who had registered an interest in advance as well as to all exhibitors as this year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show and FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018. The exhibitor application pack for non members of FTMTA can now be downloaded from the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie .
Further details can be obtained by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie .

 

 

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FTMTA News 12th August 2019

New tractor registrations start second half of year strongly    

The most recent new tractor registration figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) cover the first seven months of the year and record a 5% year on year increase in registrations of new tractors when compared with the same period in 2018. The July figures were eagerly awaited as the month has become a very important one  for tractor registrations since the introduction of the split year registration system in 2013.

July saw a healthy 13% increase over the same month of last year with 281 units registered. The July figure was the highest for the month since 2008 when 314 tractors were registered; to put that figure in context, a total of 4,531 tractors were registered in 2008 whereas the annual total of new tractors registered has not reached the 2,000 unit level since. There have been a total of 1,659 new registrations during the first seven months of 2019, up 86 units or some 5% on last year. The level of improvement in the market in 2018 and so far this year gives grounds to hope that the market may finally get above the 2,000 unit mark once again during 2019.

The three counties with the highest levels of registrations so far this year continue to be Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with 223, 156 and 116 units registered respectively to the end of July as against corresponding levels of 210, 123 and 124 in 2018.

The very obvious trend towards higher horse power tractors has continued during 2019 with 92% of all new tractors registered during the first seven months having in excess of 100hp, 60% having more than 120hp and 32% having more than 150hp.

Telehandler registrations also enjoyed a good month in July with 54 units registered, up from 31 in July of 2018. The total number of such machines registered during the first seven months is up 45% on 2018 at 373 units, just one machine below the total number registered in the full year of 2018.

Registrations of wheeled loaders have fallen significantly on 2018 with a total of 78 units registered at the end of July, down 15 units year on year. Six such machines were registered during July as against 15 last year.

Backhoe loader registrations are down slightly for the first seven months at 52 units, a reduction of one unit of 2018. Eleven machines were registered during July versus 13 last year.

Combine harvester registrations are at their highest level since 2014 with 44 units registered, up from 32 machines in 2018 and a low of 20 machines as recently as 2017. Given that the registration figures cover the period to the end of July it seems likely that there will be few if any additional combine registrations to follow. A total of 24 used imported combines were also registered to the end of July which is the same as the total number of used combine registrations during all of 2018.

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FTMTA News 20th June 2019

Tractor Market Continues Good Run

The new tractor registration figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) covering the period to the end of May indicate that the recovering new tractor volumes seen in 2018 are continuing well into 2019. While April saw a slight drop in registrations in comparison to the same month last year with a 1% decrease to 207 units, May surged ahead with a 19% increase on 2018. A total of 210 units were registered in May bringing the figure for the first five months of 2019 to 1,313 units, up some 5% on last year which it must be remembered was the best year seen since 2008.

The three counties with the highest levels of registrations so far this year continue to be Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with 190, 133 and 92 units registered respectively to the end of April.

The trend toward higher horse power tractors evident in recent years and strongly manifested in the early part of 2018 has continued. While the percentage of all new tractors registered during the first five months having in excess of 100hp fell slightly to 93%, the percentages of tractors registered of over 120hp and 150hp have climbed marginally to 30% and 32% respectively – up from 59% and 31% at the end of April. A total of only 19 tractors have been registered so far this year with 70hp or less which is just over 1% of the total registrations.

In commenting on the figures, FTMTA Chief Executive, Gary Ryan welcomed what he said was strong evidence of the continuing confidence of Irish agricultural professionals in their sector and their preparedness to invest in the mechanisation of their businesses.

Coming on the back of somewhat of a slowdown in April with a 26% drop in that month, registrations of telehandlers in May also recovered strongly in May to continue the strong growth witnessed in that category in recent years. May saw 41 such machines registered, as against 32 in the same month last year, which brings the total for the first five months to 285 units, up some 40% on last year.  Slightly more than 50% of the total registrations thus far continue to be seen in three counties with Meath, Cork and Wexford accounting for 60, 44 and 39 units respectively.

Perhaps surprisingly, registrations of wheeled loaders are back somewhat on 2018 with a total of 69 units registered, down 5 units on the first five months of last year. That said, silage contractors may have made the decision to concentrate their big ticket purchasing power on self propelled foragers this year with registrations of such machines at a record level for recent years of 54 machines up from 35 units last year.

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FTMTA News 30th May 2019

Tractor Market Shows Continued Growth

The new tractor registration figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) covering the period to the end of April indicate a healthy level of sales activity continuing on from the much recovered market of 2018. While April saw a slight drop in registrations in comparison to the same month last year with a 1% decrease to 207 units, the total level of new tractor registrations for the first four months of 2019 is up 2% on last year at 1,103 units.

The three counties with the highest levels of registrations so far this year continue to be Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with 167, 103 and 81 units registered respectively to the end of April. A healthy spread of new registrations across the country has been seen so far this year with evidence of good activity in what might seen as primarily dairy farming counties such as Limerick and Kerry.

The jump in the share of the market represented by higher horse power tractors during the first three months of the year was maintained in April with the percentage of all new tractors registered during the first quarter having in excess of 100hp holding steady at 94%. The percentages of tractors registered of over 120hp and 150hp have climbed marginally to 59% and 31% respectively – up from 58% and 30% at the end of March. A total of 14 tractors have been registered so far this year with 70hp or less which is just over 1% of the total registrations.

In commenting on the figures, FTMTA Chief Executive, Gary Ryan reiterated previous comments that “FTMTA are confident that our monthly figures are the most accurate and consistent measure of the tractor and self propelled machinery markets available”.

Registrations of telehandlers saw somewhat of a slowdown in April which was not unexpected given the very high level of registrations of such machines seen in the first quarter of the year. While April registrations dropped some 26% in comparison to last year, the total level of registrations for the first four months of the year is up 43% on 2018 at 244 units. Slightly more than 50% of the total registrations thus far have been in three counties with Meath, Cork and Wexford accounting for 50, 41 and 33 units respectively.

Wheeled loader registrations continue to reflect a strong market with the registration of 17 units in April bringing the total for the first four months of the year to 47 units as against the 35 units registered in the corresponding period of last year. May of 2018 saw one third of wheeled loader registrations for last year so it will be interesting to see what the outcome for May 2019 will be. Obviously silage contracting is a significant market for these machines and a robust level of activity around new self propelled foragers this year may be an indicator of a good month to come for loaders also.

After a disappointing March, the backhoe loader category saw considerable improvement during April with 11 units registered, bringing the total for the first four months to 35 units, up some 13% on 2018.

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