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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Tractor hire and operator rates of up to €75/hr

Tractor Hire Rates

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published plant and tractor hire and snow work rates in its revised and updated FCI Contracting Charges Guide 2022.

According to the association, its latest guidance reflects the “huge” increases in agri-diesel costs and machinery inflation, along with other “significant” input cost hikes.

Against this inflationary background, the FCI is “satisfied” that this revised averaged price guide continues to provide “fair and reasonable” guidance for farm and forestry contractors and their client farmers.

However, it stressed that all parties concerned must remember that this is only a guide.

The updated FCI Contracting Charges Guide for 2022 seeks to reflect the “huge” input cost increases that farm & forestry contractors face.

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The FCI stressed that these alone are not restricted to fuel cost increases.

Furthermore, the revised guide also includes VAT on all charges quoted, as most Irish farmers are not registered for VAT.

The association highlighted that quoting charges inclusive of VAT for non-VAT registered farmers is “in line” with customer requirements.

It stressed that the actual guide charge may vary between:

  • Regions;
  • Across soil types;
  • Distance travelled;
  • Contract size;
  • Size and type of equipment;
  • Scale of work.

It has based prices on green diesel at €1.30/L; however, it acknowledged that many contractors make individual arrangements with client farmers regarding diesel (separate fuel surcharge, fuel used on-farm, ect).

As a result, it says that the guide charges “do not reflect this market trend and such arrangements may make a significant difference to contracting charges”.

Plant & tractor hire & snow work rates:
  • 14t excavator – €90-100/hr;
  • Digger hire (3CX) – €75/hr;
  • Tractor and dumper – 14 tonne – €75-80/hr;
  • Wheel Loader – 10 tonne – €85-90/hr;
  • Teleporter – €75/hr;
  • Mini – digger – €40-45/hr;
  • Road sweeper – €68/hr;
  • Tractor Hire (100 to 150hp tractor & operator) – €68/hr;
  • Tractor Hire (150 to 200hp tractor & operator) – €75/hr;
  • Tractor Snow Hire (100 to 150hp tractor & operator) – €82/hr;
  • Tractor Snow Hire (150 to 200hp tractor & operator) – €85/hr;
  • Wheel Loader Snow Hire – 10 tonne – €95-100/hr.

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