Sales rise likely for self-propelled harvest machines
With no official figures available yet for self-propelled silage harvester sales, most are cautiously optimistic within the industry, speculating that total sales will be around 20 in the Republic and five in Northern Ireland.
Notably, there was a big spend on agricultural machinery in the North last year, including self-propelled harvesters.
An Annual Investment Allowance of £100,000 from the British treasury on farm machinery and plant with a 20pc writing down allowance encouraged considerable investment in the six counties.
Claas reportedly sold 13 self-propelled harvesters in Northern Ireland last year, but this is believed to be considerably different this year.
Krone importers Farmhand reports that it has sold six Big M self-propelled mowers this season and three self-propelled harvesters.
For Farmhand's MD John Scrivener, the big issue this year is fuel economy.
"One self-propelled mower cutting 9m of grass is more efficient than three 3m trailed mowers doing the same job," he said.
According to Mr Scrivener, the new MAN-engined Krone Big X 700 is a self-propelled harvester that is attracting a lot of attention.