Sales of self-propelled foragers still climbing – to new record levels

Back in June, AgriLand reported that 54 new self-propelled forage harvesters had been registered in the Republic of Ireland – on a year-to-date basis.

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Given the advent of the (grass) silage season, at that time we reckoned that few, if any, further machines would be registered in 2019.

However, the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) reports that a further four machines have since been registered – all during July. That brings the total for 2019 (thus far) up to 58 new machines – easily the highest level for many years.

Data source: FTMTA

The data shows that the biggest number of new foragers were sold in Co. Cork (nine machines), followed by Co. Kilkenny (eight machines) and Co. Galway (seven machines) – in that order.

Data source: FTMTA

Aside, we recently delved into the raw registration data (supplied by Motorcheck.ie) to find out how sales of these machines are split between the various brands.

It should be noted that this (separate) analysis related to data from January up until mid July (inclusive). It therefore excludes, we suspect, the four most-recently registered machines.

Which brand is on top?

In any event, Claas appears to be the top-selling forager brand here in Ireland thus far in 2019. The raw data suggests that 34 of its (new) self-propelled foragers were registered – from January up until mid July (inclusive).

All, of course, are classified as Jaguar machines, but we can’t decipher how sales are split between the various models.

The data also suggests that 11 (new) Krone self-propelled foragers were registered up until mid July.

Seven are BiG X 630 models; two are Big X 580 machines; another is a BiG X 530. Last, but certainly not least, there’s also a BiG X 780 in the mix.

Meanwhile, the data indicates that nine (new) John Deere self-propelled foragers were registered.

Image source: Justin Roberts

Four appear to be 8500 models; two are 8600 machines; there’s also a 9600, a 9700 and a 9800 in the mix.

We can’t find evidence of any registrations of (new) New Holland or Fendt foragers thus far for 2019.

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