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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 2018-2019

YearMonthUnitsYearly % ChangeYear to dateYearly % ChangeMoving TotalYearly % Change
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
Dec849-37.612102+0.612102+0.6
2019Jan693-0.7693-0.712097=
Feb518-11.31211-5.512031-0.2
Mar1843+11.73054+4.212224+2.4
Apr1744+46.74798+16.412779+6.0
May1008-17.45806+8.712566+2.4
Jun1160-2.36966+6.712539+1.0
Jul1590+18.08556+8.612782+0.8
Aug712-17.49268+6.112632-0.2
Sep1044+7.910312+6.212708+0.2
Oct806-3.611118+5.512678+0.1
Nov558-21.511676+3.812525-0.7
Dec657-22.612333+1.912333+1.9

From the start of 2020, we have revised the methodology used to calculate agricultural tractor registrations. The table below contains figures for 2019 on the revised basis, along with those for 2020 to date.

Agricultural Tractor Registrations (>50hp): Monthly 2019-2020 (new methodology)

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
2020Jan477-31.1477-31.111825-1.5
Feb575+11.01052-13.111882-0.6
Mar1763-4.22815-7.711805-2.8
Apr862-50.63677-23.310923-14.0
May586-41.94263-26.510501-16.0
Jun932-15.35195-24.710333-16.8
Jul868-43.96063-28.29653-23.6
Aug620-7.06683-26.79606-22.9
Sep1187+17.57870-22.39783-21.8

Source: AEA Economics Department

Agricultural Tractors: Strong growth in the early months of 2019 meant that total registrations in 2019 were 2% higher than in 2018, at 12,333 units. However, the 2018 figure understated the true size of the market due to a large number of pre-registrations in late 2017 ahead of the application of the ‘Mother Regulation’. Therefore, the figures indicate that the size of the tractor market for 2019 as a whole will have been significantly down on the previous year. Registrations were high in the spring, when numbers are thought to have been inflated by machines being brought into the country ahead of the original Brexit date of 29 March 2019. However, from May to December, registrations were 6% lower than in the same period of 2018 and the annual decline accelerated in the closing months of the year.

History: Tractor registrations rose for the third year in a row in 2019, although the increases in the last two years have been small. This followed a prolonged period of decline and numbers are still well below the peak years around a decade ago. The second chart shows that the total power of machines registered in 2019 topped 2 million horsepower for the second year in a row. However, the average power dropped slightly in 2019, due to reduced registrations of the highest-powered machines.

Regional: At regional level, the number of tractors registered in the Midlands and North of England in 2019 was lower than in 2018, most notably in the East Midlands which had experienced a big increase during the previous year. However, most southern English regions saw increases as did Scotland and Northern Ireland, while the total for Wales was little changed.

 

UK Tractor Registrations: Market Share Analysis

Source: AEA Economics Department

 20172018
CompanyUnits% of TotalUnits% of Total
John Deere
391528.4440531.9
CNH
of which: New Holland
Case IH
3208
2180
1028
23.3
15.8
7.5
4032
2532
1500
29.2
18.4
10.9
AGCO
of which: MF
Fendt
Valtra
3613
1973
1023
617
26.2
14.3
7.4
4.5
2940
1350
925
665
21.3
9.8
6.7
4.8
Kubota9486.97465.4
Claas4833.55283.8
JCB3272.43022.2
Same Deutz-Fahr2982.22091.5
AgriArgo
of which: McCormick
Landini
326
194
132
2.4
1.4
1.0
131
86
45
0.9
0.6
0.3
Zetor1010.7360.3
Others5494.04663.4
Total UK13768100.013795100.0

N.B. Data includes Compact Tractors (<= 50 hp) and Agricultural tractors (> 50 hp)
Case includes Steyr, Fendt includes Challenger, McCormick includes Valpadana
Data released after one year delay. Note: market shares in 2017 and 2018 will have been affected by high levels of pre-registrations in late 2017.


UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations (> 50hp)

 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Units13347140941395112498124331084210602120331210212333
Annual %
Change
-11.1+5.6-1-10.4-0.5-12.8-2.2+13.5+0.6+1.9
Total horsepower
(000′s)
1892203320661883192817021678195120162033
Annual % Change-12.1+7.5+1.6-8.8+2.4-11.7-1.4+16.3+3.3+0.8
Average
horsepower
141.7144.3148150.7155.1157158.3162.2166.6164.8
Annual % Change-1.2+1.8+2.6+1.8+2.9+1.2+0.8+2.4+2.7-1.1