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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 (>50 hp) : Monthly 2016-2018

YearMonthUnitsYearly % ChangeYear to dateYearly % ChangeMoving TotalYearly % Change
2016Jan586-10.7586-10.710772-12.9
 Feb560+11.31146-1.110829-11.1
 Mar1236-16.12382-9.510591-10.4
 Apr1025-20.73407-13.210324-12.6
 May968+14.44375-8.310446-8.4
 Jun1007-16.05382-9.810254-10.5
 Jul942-18.66324-11.310039-10.5
 Aug953+14.77277-8.610161-7.0
 Sep1108+32.98385-4.610435-2.2
 Oct1105+33.59490-1.410712-0.1
 Nov597-4.810087-1.610682-1.3
 Dec515-13.410602-2.210602-2.2
2017Jan634+8.2634+8.210650-1.1
 Feb620+10.71254+9.410710-1.1
 Mar1770+43.23024+27.011244+6.2
 Apr1072+4.64096+20.211291+9.4
 May1008+4.15104+16.711331+8.5
 Jun1038+3.16142+14.111362+10.8
 Jul1091+15.87233+14.411511+14.7
 Aug878-7.98111+11.511436+12.5
 Sep947-14.59058+8.011275+8.0
 Oct846-23.49904+4.411016+2.8
 Nov769+28.810673+5.811188+4.7
 Dec1360+164.112033+13.512033+13.5
2018Jan698+10.1698+10.112097+13.6
 Feb584-5.81282+2.212061+12.6
 Mar1650-6.82932-3.011941+6.2
 Apr1189+10.94121+0.612058+6.8
 May1221+21.15342+4.712271+8.3
Jun1187+14.46529+6.312420+9.3
Jul1347+23.57876+8.912676+10.1
Aug862-1.88738+7.712660+10.7
Sep968+2.29706+7.212681+12.5
Oct836-1.210542+6.412671+15.0
Nov711-7.511253+5.412613+12.7

Source: AEA Economics Department

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 introduction 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

 20152016
CompanyUnits% of TotalUnits% of Total
John Deere
365530.2335027.9
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
Kubota8106.78527.1
Claas5834.86675.5
Same Deutz-Fahr2842.33312.8
AgriArgo
of which: McCormick
Landini
289
184
105
2.4
1.5
0.9
232
147
85
1.9
1.2
0.7
JCB1561.31941.6
Zetor1281.11591.3
Others3472.94183.5
Total UK12112100.012025100.0

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 (> 50hp)

 2008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Units17104150131334714094139511249812433108421060212033
Annual %
Change
+10.1-12.2-11.1+5.6-1-10.4-0.5-12.8-2.2+13.5
Total horsepower
(000′s)
2361215318922033206618831928170216781951
Annual % Change+13.4-8.8-12.1+7.5+1.6-8.8+2.4-11.7-1.4+16.3
Average
horsepower
138.1143.4141.7144.3148150.7155.1157158.3162.2
Annual % Change+3.1+3.9-1.2+1.8+2.6+1.8+2.9+1.2+0.8+2.4