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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
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 rates: How much are farmers in the UK paying contractors?

Tractor Hire Rates

The UK-based National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has released guide fees for agricultural contracting services in 2022.

It has warned farmers to expect an increase in charges this year because of “record high” fuel prices and escalating labour and machinery costs.

NAAC carried out the survey based on a pound per litre for fuel. It advised that farmers should be aware that a fuel surcharge may be necessary if prices continue to fluctuate.

The body that prices are likely to vary as input costs change. It has urged contractors to add a fuel surcharge if diesel prices are over £1.00/L to cover their costs.

A spokesperson said: “They are average prices surveyed from NAAC members. However, the actual price may vary considerably between regions, soil types, distance travelled, size of contract undertaken, size and type of equipment used, amount of product applied etc.”

“Contractors may also have individual arrangements with customers regarding diesel (eg. separate fuel surcharge, fuel used on-farm etc.).”

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“The prices below do not reflect this market trend. This may make a significant difference to contracting charges,” the spokesperson added.

Tractor hire rates 

In this article, we look at tractor and operator hire rates.

  • Tractor + post knocker + man – 52.77;
  • Ditching using 180 degree digger – 42.14;
  • Ditching using 360 degree digger – 50.10;
  • Drain jetting – 62.33;
  • Tractor + operator 100 – 150 hp tractor – 47.36;
  • 150 – 220 hp tractor + operator – 50.13;
  • 220 – 300 hp tractor + operator – 64.60;
  • 300 hp + tractor + operator – 79.89;
  • Additional charge for trailer – 11.14;
  • Forklift/telehandler + man 49.17.

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