Forage harvester sales expected to double this year
Self propelled forage harvester sales look set to double this year, as the drive by dairy farmers for increased forage area continues.
Leading manufacturer, Claas, is already sold out in Ireland for this season with orders confirmed for 20 units - each valued at more than €250,000 plus VAT.
"We would have sold two or three machines a year over the last couple of years, but we've six sold in 2014," said Ronan Marmion of Meath-based Leinster Farm Machinery.
Kellys of Borris also saw a jump from their average of five machines per season to eight in 2014.
Other dealers are also seeing grass machinery sales up.
Arthur Cronin of Farm Power in Cork said his orders were up 33pc this year.
"Normally we are well able to cater to demand, but this year we just couldn't get enough machines to satisfy demand," said Denis Lynch of McCarthy Agri.
They have sold one 800hp machine valued at €325,000 plus VAT in recent months.