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2018 UK Tractor Market Shares by Manufacturer and Brand

22nd January 2020
The total number of tractors registered in 2018 was 13,795, including both agricultural tractors (over 50hp) and compact tractors (50hp and below). The table below shows the number of machines and market share recorded during that year by brand. As always, data are released after a one year delay due to competition law restrictions; figures for 2019 are due to be published in early 2021.

SlurryKat welcomes Royal visitor

21st January 2020
Agricultural machinery specialist SlurryKat was given a Royal nod with a visit from Princess Anne.Based in Waringstown, the company welcomed Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal on Thursday 16th January. The Co. Armagh firm is at the forefront of innovative slurry handling solutions for Agricultural and Bio-Gas industries. Read more

AGCO will further expand in Beauvais, France to create 200 new jobs

20th January 2020
AGCO, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and solutions, confirms further expansion of its Beauvais site. This announcement has been made public by Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGCO at the Choose France summit, led by French President Emmanuel Macron.“We are delighted to keep our promise, made exactl......

Kubota unveils autonomous tractor to mark 130th anniversary

17th January 2020
At a new product exhibition held in Kyoto City, Japan on 15-16th January 2020, tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer Kubota Corporation demonstrated their concept machine, ‘X-Tractor’. Equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and electrification technology, this “dream tractor” concept is a completely autonomous tractor that represents Kubota’s view of our farming future.The......

‘Landmark’ Agriculture Bill introduced

17th January 2020
Environment secretary Theresa Villiers has said the new Agriculture Bill, introduced today, will “transform British farming”, rewarding farmers in England with public money for public goods.The bill, first introduced to parliament in 2018, will replace the current subsidy system of Direct Payments, which pays farmers for the total amount of land farmed.Direct Payments will be phased out......

Free trade with EU crucial for British dairy – NFU

15th January 2020
British dairy needs the right investment and trade agreement to grow and deliver quality products, the NFU has said at the first big dairy conference of the year.Speaking at the Semex Conference in Glasgow, NFU vice president Stuart Roberts said 2020 offers more optimism than last year, which was dominated by uncertainty for the sector, particularly in the liquid milk market. It has seen hu......

Revystar XE receives UK authorisation for wide use on cereal crops

12th January 2020
The much anticipated new cereal fungicide, Revystar XE, has received authorisation in the UK for use on all cereal crops.Revystar XE contains the isopropanol-azole, Revysol (common name mefentrifluconazole), the first of its class to be introduced to the market and Xemium, BASF’s best-in-class SDHI (succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor).Neil Kay, BASF’s Business Director of Agricultural So......

“We need to stop glorifying the risks in farming”

9th January 2020
James Chapman MBE drew a crowd to the farm safety zone at Lamma this week, where he spoke candidly about the loss of his left arm in a serious machinery accident, and how it inspired him to try and help other farmers.It was a cold Friday in 2005 when James went to help at a friend’s farm near Rugby. Having grown up on the family farm in Warwickshire and later set up his own contracting busi......

Farmers to receive £3b cash boost for 2020

6th January 2020
Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed just under £3 billion of funding for farmers and rural communities in 2020, to provide support after Brexit.The UK is set to leave the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Direct Payments Scheme, which supports farmers across Europe with subsidies, in 2020. It will be replaced with a new system based on public money for public goods.This cash boost from ......

Flood-hit farmers get help selling ‘ugly spuds’

3rd January 2020
Potato farmers hit by recent severe flooding have been given a helping hand by Tesco and supplier Branston.Packs of potatoes from affected regions are being sold with a special blue sticker that reads: “I’m not looking my gorgeous normal self but I still taste great. Buy me and support British farmers affected by the floods.”Growers have been badly hit by crop damage following the worst......

Stocks expands Turbo Jet applicator range

2nd January 2020
Stocks Ag, the UK specialist manufacturer of pneumatic applicators for granular and microgranular products and small seeds, is using LAMMA 2020 to expand its range by launching a new 12-outlet model at the head of its flagship Turbo Jet line-up, joining the existing 8- and 10-outlet models. The new machine incorporates a number of features already established on existing Turbo Jet models, plus ......

New ATVs dubbed ‘king of quads’

30th December 2019
Suzuki has recently released three new market-leading ATVs – the KingQuad 750 power steering and KingQuad 500 power steering/non-power steering models.

Since their introduction late last year, the new KingQuads have proven to be strong, reliable and durable as ever.

They are truly Suzuki KingQuads through and through and are the result of 30 years of engineerin......

Highland cows get new home on nature reserve

24th December 2019
Seven highland cows have been given a new home on a Lancashire nature reserve, where they can live out the rest of their days helping to improve grassland for wildlife.Michael Midgley, of cattle handling business JM Midgley Farm Services, was asked by one of his local customers in Lincolnshire to find a home for the highlanders after he was forced to sell some land, leaving the herd facing ......

Landini stepless transmission tech being highlighted at LAMMA

13th December 2019
The driving ease and productivity benefits of CVT transmissions technology available in latest Landini tractors will be highlighted on the Argo Tractors stand at the LAMMA show in January.Argo manufactures V-Shift versions of the 166hp to 192hp six-cylinder 7 Series tractors, the 141hp to 176hp four-cylinder 7 Series, and also the 114hp to 140hp four-cylinder Landini 6C tractors.At LAMM......

Jeremy Clarkson tries to use barking drone to herd sheep

12th December 2019
New farmer Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he doesn’t have a sheepdog and instead tried to herd his sheep using a drone with a speaker attached to the top.Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show about his new farm, which will be the subject of an Amazon Prime show, said he is “now a farmer and utterly exhausted as a result”.He added: “I thought how hard can [farming] be; you put seeds ......

UK debut at the LAMMA show for new McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive

12th December 2019
A new range of more powerful stepless transmission tractors will be represented by the top model in a new-look line-up making its UK debut on the Argo Tractors stand at the LAMMA show in January.The McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive with up to 230hp for draft work and 240hp for pto-driven implements and road transport is the most powerful model in the latest X7 Series, which also features lower run......

Avian flu outbreak confirmed in Suffolk

11th December 2019
An outbreak of H5 low pathogenic avian flu was confirmed on a commercial chicken farm in mid-Suffolk last night (10 December).It is the first confirmed case of avian influenza in the UK since June 2017, and the first case of low pathogenic avian flu since January 2016.All 27,000 birds will now be humanely culled and Defra has placed a 1km restriction zone around the infected farm (not p......

Contractor 19 event cancelled

9th December 2019
It is with deep regret that the NAAC has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Contractor 2019 event on 12 December at the East of England showground.A perfect storm of a general election, uncertainty in the industry and unprecedented bad weather this autumn has left insufficient numbers of contractors able to commit to the event this year.The weather, in particular, has left......

Väderstad awarded ‘Machine of the Year’ at Agritechnica

3rd December 2019
Väderstad has been awarded the Agritechnica Machine of the Year Award for its innovation, Tempo WideLining.Machine of the Year is the show’s most prestigious honour, bestowed on the winner by a jury comprising agricultural journalists from all over Europe. This is the third time Väderstad has won the award.“We are, of course, both proud and delighted to once again be awarded “Machine of......

Unrivalled versatility from iconic off- and on-road vehicle

28th November 2019
A series of mid-October practical demonstration days provided an opportunity for potential and current Unimog users to find out about the latest models. David Williams was there. Unimogs have been manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 1948, and the brand’s popularity with UK farmers and agricultural contractors is growing. Superb performance for transport tasks has become the......

Factory-fitted four-track system is an industry first

26th November 2019
A brand-new tracked tractor has been added to John Deere’s extensive line-up, boasting unique features likely to suit UK arable farms. David Williams took an early test-drive.Among the updated and new models attracting considerable attention on John Deere’s stand at Agritechnica in early November were its latest 8R tractors. Representing the manufacturer’s most powerful con......

Chemical-free precision weed control

22nd November 2019
A new mechanical weed control option has been added to Opico’s line-up, and is expected to appeal to a wide variety of users. David Williams was at the press launch. Weed removal by hoeing was common practice until selective herbicides became available, but a reduced chemical armoury and increased chemical resistance, particularly in grass weeds such as black-grass, has ren......

Lemken launches self-propelled sprayer

21st November 2019
Machinery company Lemken has developed a self-propelled field sprayer, after forming a strategic partnership with a chassis manufacturer in 2017.The Lemken Nova will be available from mid-2020 and offers impressive comfort and efficiency, according to the company. It comes with a spacious cab, a chassis with versatile adjustment options, new automatic boom control, tank volumes of 4,800 or ......

Despite the rain, British potato harvest is 89% complete

15th November 2019
British farmers have persevered in the face of adversity to compete 89 per cent of the potato harvest during the wettest year so far since 2012.Due to the success of the harvest and volume of stored crop Christmas roasties and crisps are expected to be safe.However, the challenge for farmers still unable to lift crops due to wet or flooded ground will now be cash flow and the cost of la......