The final count of registrations for road use of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) in the UK for 2012 was 13,951 units, which represents a decrease of 1.0 per cent on the 2011 figures, says the AEA.
The average size of unit sold in 2012 is provisionally put at 148hp which was 2.6 per cent above the preceding year. Accordingly, the total power sold increased 1.6 per cent to nearly 2.1 billion hp.
As had been expected, the early months saw large levels of registrations, buoyed by a high level of confidence from the 2011 farming season when incomes had risen by around 20 per cent, while there were also tax incentives to making investments which expired in the spring. So, the first half year saw an advance of over 4 per cent on the equivalent period of the preceding year, whereas the second half saw a decline of some 8 per cent, claims the AEA.
Since the turn of the millennium, tractor unit registrations have varied between a low of just over 10,000 units and a high of over 17,000 and last years figure was slightly above the average level. However, in terms of total power sold, this was some 13 per cent above the average.