For the first time since October 2020, the UK registrations of agricultural tractors (above 50hp) dropped year-on-year. In September, 1,159 units were registered, 3.3% fewer than the year before.
The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) notes that September 2020 saw the highest number of registrations in that month since 2013. As such, the September 2021 figure is still higher than the five years prior to 2020 and is around 20% higher than the average.
It brings the 2021 total up to 9,852 machines which is 19.1% higher than the same period in 2020 and 8% higher than the five-year average.
This strong performance comes despite ongoing disruptions to global supply chains, delaying deliveries of machines and increasing lead times. Without this, the AEA suggests the figure would have been higher still.