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Tractor Statistics

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.

United Kingdom Tractor Registrations

Agricultural Tractor Registrations (>50hp): Monthly 2019-2021

YearMonthUnitsYearly % ChangeYear to dateYearly % ChangeMoving TotalYearly % Change
2019Jan692-0.6692-0.612009=
Feb518-10.51210-5.111948-0.2
Mar1840+11.73050+4.412141+2.4
Apr1744+47.34794+16.812701+6.1
May1008-16.25802+9.312506+2.8
Jun1100-7.06902+6.312423+0.9
Jul1548+16.58450+8.012642+0.7
Aug667-21.39117+5.212461-0.7
Sep1010+5.310127+5.212512-0.4
Oct771-7.310898+4.212451-0.9
Nov522-26.211420+2.312266-1.9
Dec620-26.712040+0.212040+0.2
2020Jan501-27.6501-27.611849-1.3
Feb578+11.61079-10.811909-0.3
Mar1814-1.42893-5.111883-2.1
Apr908-47.93801-20.711047-13.0
May631-37.44432-23.610670-14.7
Jun1029-6.55461-20.910599-14.7
Jul952-38.56413-24.110003-20.9
Aug657-1.57070-22.59993-19.8
Sep1199+18.78269-18.310182-18.6
Oct685-11.28954-17.810096-18.9
Nov650+24.59604-15.910224-16.6
Dec776+25.210380-13.810380-13.8
2021Jan580+15.8580+15.810459-11.7
Feb594+2.81174+8.810475-12.0
Mar2085+14.93259+12.710746-9.6
Apr1009+11.14268+12.310847-1.8
May1103+74.85371+21.211319+6.1
Jun1474+43.26845+25.311764+11.0
Jul1019+7.07864+22.611831+18.3
Aug829+26.28693+23.012003+20.1
Sep1159-3.39852+19.111963+17.5
Oct739+7.910591+18.312017+19.0
Nov543-16.511134+15.911910+16.5
Dec883+13.812017+15.812017+15.8

Please note that figures for all months in 2020 were revised in January 2021 following a reconciliation exercise carried out with DVLA.

Source: AEA Economics Department/DVLA

Agricultural Tractors: After the challenges of the first half of 2020, due to a combination of Covid-19 and adverse weather conditions, it was inevitable that agricultural tractor registrations would be higher in early 2021. However, year-on-year growth of 25% in the first half of the year meant that registrations were comfortably above the average of recent years. Growth slowed in the second half of the year, partly because the market had already recovered in the closing months of 2020 but also because of widespread disruptions to global supply chains. This affected tractor manufacturers as much as those making a range of other goods and led to lengthening lead times for delivery of machines. Without these disruptions, registrations would undoubtedly have been higher still.

History: Tractor registrations in 2021 were 16% higher than than in 2020 but very close to the size of the market in each of the three years before that. It is likely that registrations would have been higher still were it not for the disruptions to supply chains. That will have meant that some machines which would ordinarily have been delivered (and registered) in 2021 will have been delayed into 2022. The recovery in the number of machines registered meant that the total power of machines sold during the year also bounced back, although the average power was lower than in 2020.

Regional: At regional level, there were year-on-year increases in every part of the UK apart from Yorkshire, where registrations of agricultural tractors in 2021 were a handful lower than in 2020. Strongest growth was in the East Midlands and Northern Ireland, both of which registered over a third more machines last year. Most other regions saw increases of between 10% and 25%, compared with 2020.

 

UK Tractor Registrations: Market Share Analysis

Source: AEA Economics Department

 20192020
CompanyUnits% of TotalUnits% of Total
John Deere
380028.1315726.5
CNH
of which: New Holland
Case IH
3518
2314
1204
26.0
17.1
8.9
3229
2129
1100
27.1
17.8
9.2
AGCO
of which: MF
Fendt
Valtra
3335
1665
921
749
24.6
12.3
6.8
5.5
3133
1581
898
654
26.3
13.2
7.5
5.5
Kubota8876.57846.6
Claas7785.74493.8
JCB2782.11871.6
Same Deutz-Fahr2431.82081.7
AgriArgo
of which: McCormick
Landini
151
103
48
1.1
0.8
0.4
154
103
51
1.3
0.9
0.4
Others5554.16345.3
Total UK13545100.011935100.0

N.B. Data includes Compact Tractors (<= 50 hp) and Agricultural tractors (> 50 hp)
Data released after one year delay.


UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations (> 50hp)

 201620172018201920202021
Units104931192812013120401038012017
Annual %
Change
+0.6+13.7+0.7+0.2-13.8+15.8
Total horsepower
(000′s)
166619391991199917751999
Annual % Change+1.6+16.4+2.7+0.4-11.2+12.6
Average
horsepower
158.8162.6165.8166.0171.0166.3
Annual % Change+1.0+2.4+2.0+0.1+3.0-2.7