UNITED KINGDOM TRACTOR REGISTRATIONS

Agricultural Tractor Registrations (>50 hp) : Monthly 2016-2018

Year Month Units Yearly % Change Year to date Yearly % Change Moving Total Yearly % Change
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
 
Sep
947 -14.5 9058 +8.0 11275 +8.0
 
Oct
846 -23.4 9904 +4.4 11016 +2.8
 
Nov
769 +28.8 10673 +5.8 11188 +4.7
 
Dec
1360 +164.1 12033 +13.5 12033 +13.5
 2018
Jan
698 +10.1 698 +10.1 12097 +13.6

 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:  Registrations tracked above the previous year's level throughout the first half of 2017, with particularly strong growth in March. There was a year-on-year decline in the autumn, a time when registrations were inflated in 2016 due to a number of end-of-series promotions. However, registrations returned to growth at the end of the year, boosted by pre-registrations of tractors in advance of the iintroduction of new regulations on 1 January 2018.

  

History: Tractor registrations rose in 2017 for only the second time in nine years and the first time since 2011. However, after a prolonged period of decline, numbers are still well below the peak years around a decade ago The second chart illustrates that the total power of units registered also returned to growth in 2017, as the average power increased again, and reached its highest level since 2012, when the number of tractors registered was 16% higher than in 2017.

 

 

Regional: Figures on the regional distribution of tractor registrations shows fairly consistent growth across most of the English regions. Outside England it was a more mixed picture, however, with growth in Scotland, albeit slower than in England at 10%, little change in Northern Ireland and a small decline in Welsh registrations.  

UK TRACTOR REGISTRATIONS : Market Share Analysis

Source: AEA Economics Department

 
2015
2016
   
% of Total
 
% of Total
Company
Units
Units
John Deere
3655

30.2

3350
27.9
CNH
of which: New Holland
Case IH

3283
2264
1019

27.1
18.7
8.4

3117
2110
1007

25.9
17.5
8.4

AGCO
of which: MF
Fendt
Valtra

2577
1459
696
422

21.3
12.1
5.7
3.5

2705
1434
837
434

22.5
11.9
7.0
3.6

Kubota
810 6.7 852 7.1
Claas

583

4.8

667

5.5

Same Deutz-Fahr
284
2.3
331
2.8
AgriArgo
of which: McCormick
Landini
289
184
105
2.4
1.5
0.9
232
147
85
1.9
1.2
0.7
JCB
156
1.3
194
1.6
Zetor
128 1.1
159
1.3
Others
347 2.9 418 3.5
Total UK
12112
100.0
12025
100.0
N.B. Data includes Compact Tractors (<= 50 hp) and Agricultural tractors (> 50 hp)
Case includes Steyr, MF includes Challenger, McCormick includes Valpadana
Data released after one year delay

 

UK AGRICULTURAL TRACTOR REGISTRATIONS (> 50 hp)

 
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012 
 2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Units
17104
15013
13347
14094
13951
12498
12433
10842
10602
12033
Annual %
Change
+10.1
-12.2
-11.1
+5.6
-1.0
-10.4
-0.5
-12.8
-2.2
+13.5
Total horsepower
(000′s)
2361
2153
1892
2033
2066
1883
1928
1702
1678
1951
Annual % Change
+13.4
-8.8
-12.1
+7.5
+1.6
-8.8
+2.4
-11.7
-1.4
+16.3
Average
horsepower
138.1
143.4
141.7
144.3
148.0
150.7
155.1
157.0
158.3
162.2
Annual % Change
+3.1
+3.9
-1.2
+1.8
+2.6
+1.8
+2.9
+1.2
+0.8
+2.4