UNITED KINGDOM TRACTOR REGISTRATIONS

Agricultural Tractor Registrations (>50 hp) : Monthly 2014-2017

Year Month Units Yearly % Change Year to date Yearly % Change Moving Total Yearly % Change
2015
Jan
656 -8.3 656 -8.3 12374 -0.8
 
Feb
503 -27.6 1159 -17.8 12182 -3.0
 
Mar
1474 -19.5 2633 -18.7 11826 -7.5
 
Apr
1292 -0.8 3925 -13.6 11816 -6.8
 
May
846 -32.6 4771 -17.7 11406 -10.5
 
Jun
1199 +4.8 5970 -14.0 11461 -10.2
 
Jul
1157 -17.2 7127 -14.5 11221 -13.3
 
Aug
831 -26.6 7958 -16.0 10920 -16.1
 
Sep
834 -22.9 8792 -16.7 10672 -17.0
 
Oct
828 +6.3 9620 -15.1 10721 -15.2
 
Nov
627 +19.4 10247 -13.6 10823 -13.2
 
Dec
595 +3.3 10842 -12.8 10842 -12.8
2016
Jan
586 -10.7 586 -10.7 10772 -12.9
 
Feb
560 +11.3 1146 -1.1 10829 -11.1
 
Mar
1236 -16.1 2382 -9.5 10591 -10.4
 
Apr
1025 -20.7 3407 -13.2 10324 -12.6
 
May
968 +14.4 4375 -8.3 10446 -8.4
 
Jun
1007 -16.0 5382 -9.8 10254 -10.5
 
Jul
942 -18.6 6324 -11.3 10039 -10.5
 
Aug
953 +14.7 7277 -8.6 10161 -7.0
 
Sep
1108 +32.9 8385 -4.6 10435 -2.2
 
Oct
1105 +33.5 9490 -1.4 10712 -0.1
 
Nov
597 -4.8 10087 -1.6 10682 -1.3
 
Dec
515 -13.4 10602 -2.2 10602 -2.2
 2017
Jan
634 +8.2 634 +8.2 10650 -1.1
 
Feb
620 +10.7 1254 +9.4 10710 -1.1
 
Mar
1770 +43.2 3024 +27.0 11244 +6.2
 
Apr
1072 +4.6 4096 +20.2 11291 +9.4
 
May
1008 +4.1 5104 +16.7 11331 +8.5
 
Jun
1038 +3.1 6142 +14.1 11362 +10.8
 
Jul
1091 +15.8 7233 +14.4 11511 +14.7
 
Aug
878 -7.9 8111 +11.5 11436 +12.5

 Source: AEA Economics Department

 

UK tractor registrations are taken as a broad indicator of the strength of the domestic market for agricultural equipment. Tractors must be licensed for use on public roads and as such are registered with the Department for Transport which allows an accurate count to be made. In value terms, sales of tractors, plus parts and accessories, account for almost one half of farmers’ total spend on equipment, which again makes this data series a prime indicator.

Agricultural Tractors: Sales in the first half of 2016 continued the trend of the previous year and were down by 10%. However, in the second half of the year, the market picked up and regisrations were up 7%. The net result was that registrations for the year as a whole were down by just 2%.

 

 

History: The first chart below illustrates long-term trends in the number of tractors registered and shows that 2016's level was the lowest since 2000. The second chart illustrates trends in the total power of units and shows that, as average power has increased over time, the decline since the peak in 2008 has been more gradual.

 

 

Regional: The chart below shows that the main declines in tractor registrations in 2016 were in Southern England, including East Anglia, and Scotland. In contrast, there were increases in the Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is no obvious difference in farming types between these regions which would explain the differences, with both groups containing predominantly arable and predominantly livestock regions.

 

UK TRACTOR REGISTRATIONS : Market Share Analysis

Source: AEA Economics Department

 
2014
2015
   
% of Total
 
% of Total
Company
Units
Units
John Deere
3993 29.5 3655
30.2
CNH
of which: New Holland
Case IH

3896
2645
1251

28.8
19.6
9.2

3283
2264
1019

27.1
18.7
8.4

AGCO
of which: MF
Fendt
Valtra

2948
1669
820
459

21.7
12.3
6.1
3.4

2577
1459
696
422

21.3
12.1
5.7
3.5

Kubota
636 4.7 810 6.7
Claas

769

5.7

583

4.8

AgriArgo
of which: McCormick
Landini
391
288
103
2.9
2.1
0.8
289
184
105
2.4
1.5
0.9
Same Deutz-Fahr
298
2.2
284
2.3
JCB
126
0.9
156
1.3
Zetor
132  1.0 
128
1.1
Others
337 2.5
347
2.9
Total UK
13526
100.0
12112
100.0
N.B. Data includes Compact Tractors (<= 50 hp) and Agricultural tractors (> 50 hp)
Case includes Steyr, MF includes Challenger
Data released after one year delay

 

UK AGRICULTURAL TRACTOR REGISTRATIONS (> 50 hp)

 
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012 
 2013
2014
2015
2016
Units
17104
15013
13347
14094
13951
12498
12433
10842
10602
Annual %
Change
+10.1
-12.2
-11.1
+5.6
-1.0
-10.4
-0.5
-12.8
-2.2
Total horsepower
(000′s)
2361
2153
1892
2033
2066
1883
1928
1702
1678
Annual % Change
+13.4
-8.8
-12.1
+7.5
+1.6
-8.8
+2.4
-11.7
-1.4
Average
horsepower
138.1
143.4
141.7
144.3
148.0
150.7
155.1
157.0
158.3
Annual % Change
+3.1
+3.9
-1.2
+1.8
+2.6
+1.8
+2.9
+1.2
+0.8