FTMTA News 16th January 2021

New Tractor Registrations Up In December 

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 December registrations, giving a view of the full year picture for 2020.

The registration of new tractors during December rose substantially in comparison to the same month of 2019 with 26 units registered, more than double the figure of 12 units registered a year earlier. The December registrations bring the total for the year to 1,910 units, a drop of only 3% on 2019. Given the year that was in it, this was a credible performance by any measure.

Five counties reached triple digit levels of new tractor registrations during 2020; Cork with 262 units, Tipperary and Wexford with 130 units each, Meath with 109 units and Galway with 100 units. Monaghan saw the lowest level of registrations with 13 units.

The 101 to 120hp range was the horse power band with the highest level of registrations in 2020 with 603 units or nearly 32% of all registrations. During the year 87% of all tractors registered had over 100hp, 56% over 120hp and 29% over 150hp.

Registrations of used imported tractors continued the strong performance seen in previous months with 387 units registered during December. This was one of the highest monthly figures seen all year, second only to November, and was the highest such December in at least six years and probably longer. It seems likely that the exceptional level of December activity may have been driven by concerns around the post Brexit scenario in terms of sourcing used machines in the UK. A total of 3,010 used imported tractors were registered during 2020 which was only marginally behind the 3,045 units registered in 2019.

On competition grounds, FTMTA is not allowed to release tractor market share information for a given year until a full year later. On that basis, the Association can now release the market share breakdown for 2019 when a total of 1,968 new tractors were registered. The top five brands in terms of registration were:

John Deere – 21%

Massey Ferguson – 20%

New Holland – 17%

Case IH – 11%

CLAAS – 8%

There were 5 telehandler registrations during December, in comparison to 2 units a year earlier. The December registrations brought the total of such machines registered during 2020 to 389 units, a year on year decrease of slightly more than 18% on the 476 such machines registered during 2019.

Wheeled loader registrations continued the good performance seen throughout 2020 with 8 units registered in December, up from 5 units in 2019. The total number of wheeled loaders registered during 2020 was 135 units, up 20 units on the previous year.

There was one registration of a backhoe loader in December; there had not been a registration of such a machine in December in the previous three years. The December unit brought the total for the year to 32, down sharply from 66 machines in 2019.

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FTMTA News 3rd December 2020

SAVE THE DATE!

Irish Farmers Monthly & Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association Ltd. (FTMTA) are hosting Gearing up for the Future; The next Decade of Farm Machinery webinar in association with AIB, Enterprise Ireland and Macra Agricultural Skillnet.

Join us on Wednesday 9th December at 11am to hear from a host of experts in the industry, including Gary Ryan Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association Ltd. (FTMTA), Sean Lennon New Holland Agriculture, James Rickard Farmers Guardian, Brian Rushe Irish Farmers’ Association, Thomas Duffy Macra na Feirme and Bill Callanan Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

Click here to register https://bit.ly/3lzRKo1

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FTMTA News 25th November 2020

FTMTA Farm Machinery Show will not go ahead in February 2021

FTMTA committed to holding a farm machinery event later in 2021.

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association has decided that, in light of the ongoing public health situation, it will not be possible to proceed with the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2021 which had been intended to take place at Punchestown Racecourse over three days in early February.

The Association had hoped that it would be possible to hold Ireland’s flagship farm machinery event as planned but evolving developments in relation to the pandemic and associated restrictions over recent months mean that it is no longer feasible to consider that the event could take place. In light of this, FTMTA is taking the prudent decision to cancel the event at this stage.

The Association realise that this announcement will come as a great disappointment to many exhibitors and visitors who were still hoping that it would somehow be possible for the Show to go ahead but, as with so many other things this year, the reality is that there was no other realistic option. FTMTA intends and hopes to hold a large scale, high quality, farm machinery event, which will be open to the public, later during 2021. The nature and location of this event is yet to be finalised and will, to a large extent, depend on the developing situation  with regard to the pandemic as we move into 2021. The Association realises that there is a tremendous appetite among our exhibitors and machinery enthusiasts to once again be able to attend a premium farm machinery event and we will do all we can to facilitate this when the wider situation permits.

The safety and health of all stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors and the wider context of the public health situation are the paramount concerns of the Association and any FTMTA event to be held in 2021 will be with such considerations to the fore. FTMTA have a proven track record in the delivery of well managed public events and will work with the relevant authorities to provide a safe event for our exhibitors and visitors.

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association in the representative body of the Irish farm machinery industry and promoter of the two flagship public events of the Irish farm machinery sector – the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show and FTMTA Grass & Muck.

Please contact the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie with any queries in relation to this announcement.

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FTMTA News 12th November 2020

New Tractor Registrations Up Slightly in October

The latest figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association in relation to registrations of tractors and other types of self-propelled machinery, covering the period to the end of October, show a relatively stable, but improving, year on year picture in relation to new tractor registrations.

The registration of new tractors increased by 2% during in October in comparison to the same month of 2019. There were 85 new tractors registered last month bringing the total since the start of January to 1,846 units, a decrease of less than 4% on the 1,913 tractors registered by the same point in 2019.

The three counties with the highest levels of registrations thus far in 2020 continue to be Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with Cork on 251 units while Tipperary and Wexford are separated by just one unit on 129 and 128 units respectively.  Meath is the only other county to have reached a three digit number of tractor registrations at this time with 102 units.

The horsepower band with the highest level of registrations to the end of October is the 101 to 120hp range with 584 units or nearly 32% of all registrations.  88% of all tractors registered during the year so far had over 100hp, 56% had over 120hp and 29% had over 150hp.

Teleporter registrations were down one unit in October on the same month last year with 21 new units registered last month. The total for the first ten months of the year stands at 370 units, a drop of slightly more than 19% on the figure of 459 units at the end of October 2019. Cork and Meath record more than one third of the total number of such registrations during 2020 with 68 and 65 units respectively.

Registrations of wheeled loaders fell by 3 units in October in comparison to a year earlier with 11 units registered last month. The total for the first ten months of the year is 116 units, up substantially from 98 units year on year and slightly ahead of the 115 units registered in the full year of 2020.

There was one less backhoe loader registered in October of this year than in 2020. The 4 such machines registered last month brings the running total for the year to 31 units, much reduced from the year on year total of 66 units which was also the final tally for the full year in 2019.

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FTMTA News 10th October 2020

Farm Machinery Industry and Level 5 Restrictions

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association has advised its members that farm machinery business will be allowed to continue in operation during the period of Level 5 restrictions announced by Government in reaction to the escalating COVID-19 and intended to remain in place until December 1st.

As was the situation during the nationwide lockdown from the end of March, retail and distribution businesses within the machinery industry are classed as essential. The specific provisions covering such businesses under Level 5 are:

Hardware outlets, builders’ merchants and outlets that provide, whether on a retail or wholesale basis –

– hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance or construction and development,

– sanitation and farm equipment, or

– supplies and tools essential for farming or agriculture purposes.

-outlets providing for the repair and maintenance of mechanically propelled vehicles or bicycles and any related facilities (including tyre sales and repairs).

The following services relating to the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment:

(a) the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment (including mechanically propelled vehicles, industrial machinery and equipment) for essential services;

(b) the repair of mechanically propelled vehicles or the repair of bicycles and related facilities.

The manufacturing aspect of the industry is also allowed to remain operational under the following provision:

The manufacture of electrical equipment, machinery and other equipment (including agricultural and forestry machinery).

In general it is expected that farm machinery businesses will operate in ways similar to what was in place during the earlier nationwide lockdown. Customers are encouraged to visit farm machinery businesses by appointment only in so far  possible and to phone in parts orders for collection or delivery where possible. The trade remains committed to serving its farming and contracting customer base while protecting the wellbeing of staff and customers to the greatest possible extent. Compliance with the public health guidelines in relation to hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing must be a given at this stage.

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FTMTA News 9th October 2020

New Tractor Registrations Regain Ground in September

The latest figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association in relation to registrations of tractors and other types of self-propelled machinery, covering the period to the end of September, show a continued improvement.

The registration of new tractors in particular saw a strong month with much of the ground lost in the earlier part of the year recovered. The number of new tractors registered during September, at 135 units, was more than double the 63 units registered in the same month of 2019. The total number of new tractors registered in the first nine month of the year stands at 1,761 units which is less than a 4% year on year decrease. Given that the year on year figure was down 12% at the end of June , the improvement during the third quarter is quite significant.

There are only three counties recording triple digit levels of registrations thus far in 2020. Cork continues to lead the field on 238 units with Tipperary and Wexford nearly tied on 124 and 123 units respectively.

The horsepower band with the highest level of registrations during the first three quarters of the year is the 101 to 120hp range with 563 units or nearly 32% of all registrations. Over 88% of all tractors registered in the period had over 100hp, 57% had over 120hp and nearly 30% had over 150hp.

Teleporter registrations, after a difficult number of months, had a much improved September with 50 new units registered. This was a considerable increase on the 31 units of September 2019 and brings the total for the year to the end of September to 349 units as against 437 units in the same period of 2019.  Cork and Meath together account for over one third of the registrations of such machines in 2020 with 64 units registered in each county to the end of September. Wexford has the next highest level of registrations with 33 units in the first nine months.

Registrations of wheeled loaders had a third consecutive strong month with 11 units registered in September, the same number as registered in August and up from only one machine in September 2019. There has been a total of 105 units registered in the first three quarters of the year, a 25% year on year increase.`

Registrations of backhoe loaders continue to be much reduced as they have been all year. There were two such machines registered during September, down from 3 units a year ago. A total of 27 backhoe loaders have been registered to the end of September, a year on year drop of more than 55%.

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FTMTA News 15th September 2020

Continued recovery in tractor registrations in August

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 August and show a continuation of the recovery in registrations of new tractors seen in July.

The month of August saw the registration of 114 new tractors which was 6% increase on the same month in 2019. The total number of new tractors registered from January to August this year stands at 1,626, a year on year decrease of some 8%. Given the dramatic decreases seen during the second quarter, with year on year registrations down by as much as 13% at the end of May, the improving situation is to be welcomed and seems indicative of an underlying stability in the market.

Cork, Tipperary and Wexford remain the three counties with the highest levels of registrations for the year thus far with 225, 116 and 110 units registered respectively. These three counties represent 28% of all registrations so far this year. Monaghan with 12 units and Leitrim with 13 units are the counties with the lowest levels of registrations to date.

The horsepower band with the highest level of registrations during the first eight months of 2020 is the 101 to 120hp with 511 units or over 31% of all registrations. Over 88% of all tractors registered in the period under review had over 100hp, 57% had over 120hp and nearly 30% had over 150hp.

Teleporter registrations, after an improved July, fell back again in August with 28 units registered in comparison to 33 units last year. A total of 299 such machines have been registered from January to August a drop of over 26% on 2019 when 406 teleporters had been registered by the end of August. Cork, Meath and Tipperary with 56 units, 52 units and 31 units registered respectively are the three counties with the highest levels of teleporters registered during 2020.

Registrations of wheeled loaders had a second consecutive strong month with 11 units registered August, up from 5 units last year. There have been 94 units registered in the first eight months of the year, up by 11 units on 2019.

Registrations of backhoe loaders have been much reduced during 2020, heavily impacted no doubt by the Coronavirus related restrictions of the second quarter, during which time no new machines of this type were registered. A total of 25 backhoe loaders have been registered up to the end of August, a considerable contraction on the 58 units by the same time last year.

There was one further registration of a self-propelled forager during August, bringing the total for the year to the end of August to 33 units. Three further used imported machines were also registered during the month bringing that total to 6 units.

A further three new combine harvesters were registered during August, bringing the total for the year so far to 38 units as against 45 in the full year of 2019. An additional six used imported combines were also registered during August to bring the total of such machines to 20 units.

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FTMTA News 13th August 2020

Tractor Registrations Recover During July  

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 July and show somewhat of a recovery in the level of new tractor registrations following a difficult second quarter. 

Since the introduction of the split registration year in 2013, July has become a significant month for the registration of new tractors and is regularly the month with the second highest level of registrations after January. That pattern has been repeated in 2020 with the registration of 304 new tractors during July, second only to January when there were 429 registrations. The July figure is an increase of 8% on the same month last year and brings the total for the first seven months of the year to 1,512 units which is a 9% year on year decrease. Given the much reduced levels of registration activity during the second quarter when registrations of new tractors fell by 35% on last year’s numbers, the July numbers provide a positive indicator in relation to underlying customer confidence.

Cork, as always, remains the county with the highest level of registrations with 215 units registered to the end of July, followed by Wexford and Tipperary with 103 and 101 units respectively. All counties have now reached double digit levels of new tractor registrations with Monaghan the lowest on 10 machines.

Registrations of new tractors with over 100hp continue at just under 90% for the first seven months and registrations of machines of over 120hp also remain constant at close to 59% with registrations of tractors with more than 150hp falling back marginally to slightly above 30%.

The resumption of registration activity through the NCTS centre network saw a substantial increase in the number of used imported tractors registered with 328 such machines registered during July, a 46% increase on the 224 units registered in July of 2019. The total number of used imports registered to the end of July is 1,216 units, a considerable reduction on the 1,913 machines registered by the same time last year; obviously the lengthy closure of the NCTS centres impacted heavily on these registrations.

Teleporter registrations, after many months in the doldrums, also saw their second highest level of monthly registrations in 2020 with 59 units registered, as against only 23 such machines registered in all of the second quarter. The July figure is a 9% increase on July of 2019 and brings the total for the first seven months of 2020 to 271 units, a 27% year on year reduction.

Registrations of wheeled loaders enjoyed a good July with 14 machines registered, a substantial increase on the 6 machines in July 2019. A total of 83 wheeled loaders have been registered to the end of July, a 6% year on year increase. After a second quarter that saw no backhoe loaders registered, July saw 4 registrations bringing the seven month total for these machines to 23 units, down from 52 registrations at the same point last year.

There were no additional registrations of self-propelled foragers during July, leaving the total for the year to the end of July at 32 units. One further used imported machine was registered in July bringing that number to three units.

Registrations of combine harvesters, as would be expected, ramped up significantly in July with an additional 28 machines registered during the month to bring the total for the year to end of July to 35 units as against 45 in the full year of 2019. It is expected that there are some further registrations still to come through the system. An additional 4 used imported combines were also registered during  July to bring the total of such machines to 14 units.

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FTMTA News 14th July 2020

New FTMTA President Elected

At their recent July meeting, the FTMTA Executive Council elected Mr. Diarmuid Claridge  as the new President of the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA). Diarmuid has served as a member of the FTMTA Council since early 2016 and has been Vice President of the Association since January 2019.

Having grown up on a dairy and beef farm in south Kilkenny, Diarmuid had a passion for machinery from an early age. His career in the industry began as an agricultural mechanic, training with, well known dealer and FTMTA member, Murphy’s Motors Ltd. in Glenmore. Diarmuid always knew that he wanted to further his career in the machinery industry and after spending a couple of years working in Australia returned to Ireland to take up positions with major businesses in the sector such as AGCO and Lemken.  This saw Diarmuid develop his skills and experience within the industry and in recent years he was appointed as Managing Director of PÖTTINGER Ireland, a subsidiary of leading Austrian manufacturer PÖTTINGER Landtechnik GmbH, which in January of this year officially opened their impressive new Irish headquarters in Clonmel.

Looking back on the evolution of his career to this point, Diarmuid feels that “the farm machinery industry is an exciting and challenging environment to work within and I would highly recommend it to any school leaver with a passion for machinery”.

The new FTMTA President states that “the farm machinery industry is facing a difficult and challenging time but it’s important that we focus on the horizon ahead, remain positive and, most importantly, adapt to change. The FTMTA will play a vital role in ensuring that the industry continues to face those challenges and supporting its members throughout Ireland. I look forward to working closely with the team at the FTMTA and my colleagues on the Executive Council as we look to the future of a progressive and vibrant trade.”

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FTMTA News 17th June 2020

Tractor Registrations Continued To Fall In May 

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 May and show a continued decrease in registrations when compared to a year ago.                                                        The ongoing Coronavirus crisis and associated restrictions undoubtedly continued to exert a strong impact on registrations during May when 130 new tractors were registered which was a 38% decrease on May 2019; this was however somewhat less than the 43% decrease witnessed in the April registrations. A total of 1,145 new tractors have been registered during the first five months of the year, down 13% on 2019. While the farm machinery sector has been operational at all times through the restrictions, there is no doubt that reductions in manufacturing capacity due to factory shut downs on the continent and other impacts on the supply chain are reflected within the lower levels of registrations of new machines. As the situation returns to a more normal footing at these facilities, such issues should be less of a factor in June although this is typically a month of lower registration activity with the new July plate weighing heavily on behaviour.

Cork remains the county with the highest level of new tractor registrations, by far, with 164 units registered in that county so far during 2020. Tipperary and  Wexford swapped second and third positions in May with Tipperary ahead by one unit with 76 registrations to Wexford’s 75 registrations. Only two counties remain at single figure levels of registrations at the end of May with Leitrim and Monaghan each seeing 9 units registered so far this year.

Registrations of new tractors with over 100hp fell back slightly, from just over, to just under 91% in the first five months. Exactly 60% of all tractors registered in this period have in excess of 120hp as was also the case at the end of April. Nearly 32% of all registrations are of tractors with more than 150hp.

Registrations of used imports have been very heavily impacted by the restrictions imposed at the end of March. Such registrations are carried out through the NCTS centres which have been closed in this period. Only 26 used tractors were registered during March and April and these are likely to be units that were preinspected. A total of 816 used imports have been registered to the end of May which is a considerable drop of the 1,443 used machines registered in the same period of 2019. There is likely to be a large number of such machines to be registered when this becomes possible again; even though the NCTS is now reopening in a limited way this is only in relation to the National Car Test and there is no date for a resumption of VRT inspections as yet.

Teleporter registrations continue to be heavily impacted by the current situation with only 12 new units registered during May, a drop of over 70% on last year. A total of 208 such machines have now been registered during 2020 which is a 27% decrease on 2019. As mentioned previously, the closure of the registration facility at NCTS centres would be impacting heavily on the registration of such machines as many such registrations are done in that way.

Wheeled loader registrations dropped by 12 units in May, as against the same month last year, to record 10 units registered. Despite this drop, registrations of new wheeled loaders for the first five months of the year are only down 2 units on 2020 at 67 units.

For the second month in a row, there were no registrations of backhoe loaders during May, leaving the total for the year to date at 19 units, down from 39  at the end of May 2019.

A further 9 new self-propelled forage harvesters were registered during May bringing the total for such machines so far in 2020 to 31 units. While there may be a small number of additional units yet to be registered, it is likely that the vast majority of such machines are now registered. There have also been 2 second hand foragers registered.

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