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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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FCI: Tractor hire and operator rates of up to €90/hr

As reported by That’s Farming, the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published its charges guide for 2023.

The body is “satisfied” that this averaged price guide continues to provide “fair and reasonable” guidance for farm and forestry contractors and their clients.

However, it stressed that one must remember this is only a guide as these are average guideline charges surveyed from FCI members.

The association acknowledged that many contractors make individual arrangements with their client farmers regarding diesel, and, therefore, the guide charges do not reflect the market trend.

Because of local differences, the FCI outlined, the actual guide charge may vary between:

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

This 2023 charges guide reflects what the association has described as “some modest” increases in some charges up to 5%, while others are “virtually unchanged”.

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This year sees the 2023 FCI Contracting Charges Guide include excluding and including VAT columns as an increasing number of farmers are moving towards VAT registration, especially those that have moved to limited company status.

In this news article on That’s Farming, read what the FCI has identified as drivers of ag contracting prices in 2023.

Plant and tractor hire work:

The body has, in its publication, provided the following guide charge rates for plant and tractor hire work:

  • Tractor hire (100-150hp tractor and operator) – €58-€60/hour (excluding VAT) or €66-€68/hour (including VAT);
  • Tractor hire (150-200hp tractor and operator) – €65-€70/hour (excluding VAT) or €74-€79/hour (including VAT);
  • Tractor hire (200-250hp tractor and operator) – €75-€80/hour (excluding VAT) or €85-€90/hour (including VAT);
  • 14t excavator – €80/hour (excluding VAT) or €90/hour (including VAT);
  • Digger hire (3CX) – €65-€68/hour (excluding VAT) or €73-€77/hour (including VAT);
  • Tractor and dumper – 14 tonne – €70-€80/hour (excluding VAT) or €79-€90 (including VAT);
  • Wheel loader – 10 tonne – €80-€90/hour (excluding VAT) or €90-€102 (including VAT);
  • Teleporter – €65-€68/hour (excluding VAT) or €73-€77/hour (including VAT);
  • Mini-digger – €36-€40/hour (excluding VAT) or €40-€45/hour (including VAT);
  • Road sweeper – €60-€62/hour (excluding VAT) or €68-€70/hour (including VAT).

2022 guide rates: [featured in this news article on That’s Farming]

  • 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.
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