Photo by: Shane Casey

Ireland has seen 54 forage harvester registrations so far in 2019, a 54% increase from the 35 registrations in 2018. Though it’s unlikely to move any higher considering the season, it shows a growing strength in Irish buying habits. The number of new forager harvesters registered per year has risen steadily since 2012, when only 22 were registered.

Data from the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) shows that of those registered in 2018, the most popular brand was Claas, making up 49% of Irish registrations. New Holland on the other hand, saw only one registration, showing a decidedly weak hold on the market sector.

Additional data from the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) shows that, of the 32 combines registered in Ireland last year, 50% were Claas. Combine registrations in Ireland have been down since 2015, when they dropped from 2014 high of 61 down to 36. 2018 showed mild improvement, with registrations increasing by 60% since the 2017 low of 20.