New tractor sales fall to lowest level in 5 years
New tractor sales in Ireland fell to its lowest level since 2011 last year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Last year, some 1,937 new tractors were purchased falling from 1,986 in 2015 and 2186 in 2014.
It's been a testing few years for the machinery trade and in particular tractor sales. As the British pound continues its post-Brexit slide, increasing numbers of Irish buyers are travelling north in search of tractor deals.
This can been seen in the statistics with imports of used tractors increasing from 1,787 in 2015 to 1,905 last year.
It all puts pressure on Irish machinery dealerships who look to make a living from the trade, but what have tractor sales actually been like so far this year and what can dealers likely expect in 2017?
Someone with 40 odd years of experience in the trade is always worth listening to, and that is exactly what Cathal Sweetman of D & S Machinery Ltd brings to the table.
Established in 1985, D & S Machinery originally started importing the Ursus range of tractors into Ireland from Poland.
Thirty years on and they have a country wide network of tractor dealers distributing the McCormick and Landini brands.