There is an “increased” level of activity in the farm machinery sector in Ireland, with new tractor and telescopic loader registrations continuing on an upward trend, according to the FTMTA’s latest statistics service report, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.
The numbers of imported used tractors and machines, registered for the first time in Ireland, increased compared with the corresponding month of March 2022.
The March 2023 new tractor market at 247 units was 1% higher compared with the same month in 2022.
The year-to-date figures are 8% higher than the same period in 2022 with 959 new tractors registered in the Republic of Ireland in March 2023, compared with 887 units in 2022.
County Cork continues to deliver the highest number of new tractor registrations at 135 units for the year-to-date, while Tipperary is ranked in second place with 79 units followed by Wexford at 75 units.
The most popular power band moves to the 101 to 120hp category, which for March 2023 accounted for 22.5% of all new tractor registrations.
Tractors in the power band lower than 100hp now account for 4.3% of all new tractor registrations. The over 200hp category increased to account for 9.6% of all new tractor registrations.
The FTMTA data shows that 304 imported used tractors were first-time registered in Ireland in March 2023, 83 units more than in March 2022.
There were 829 used tractors first registered by the end of March 2023, compared with 706 units for the first three months of 2022, an 17% increase.
New & used tractor registrations by month Ireland 2023 – FTMTA
New tractors registrations
Used tractor registrations