Tractor Sales Up 25pc In 2021

By: Gary Northover - President, Tractor & Machinery Association

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2021 finishes on a high for Tractor Sales despite supply chain challenges.

Tractor Sales Up 25pc In 2021
Sales of 40-100hp tractors were up 16 per cent in December and up 27 per cent for 2021


Tractor sales have exceeded 18,000 units for the year following another stellar month in December, with sales across the nation up 2 per cent on the same month last year. This has resulted in a full year rise of 25 per cent above last year.

Sales have been strong in all states fuelled by the excellent harvest season underway supported by the Government’s various company tax incentive programs.

Beginning in NSW, sales were up 4 per cent for the month and are now 39 per cent ahead for the year. Queensland was again strong up 3 per cent and finished up 23 per cent full year whilst Victoria was down 2 per cent in December but was up 14 per cent up for the year.

Sales in Western Australia recorded a drop of 1 per cent for the month following a frantic harvest season, to be 33 per cent ahead for the year. South Australia had a 5 per cent lift for the month and was up 16 per cent full year, Tasmania bounced again and finished 22 per cent up for the year whilst sales into the Northern Territory enjoyed a strong year to be 21 per cent up.

All performance reporting categories have enjoyed strong rises for the year, beginning with the under 40 hp (30kw) range, which was up 13 per cent despite an 8 per cent drop in December due to ongoing supply challenges.  

The 40 to 100hp (30-75kw) range was again up strongly 16 per cent in the month, up 27 per cent for the year, the 100 to 200hp (75-150 kw) category was up 3 per cent to finish 23 per cent ahead.

The large 200 hp (150kw) PLUS range came back to earth with a 17 per cent drop in December but still finished 56 per cent ahead of last year in support of harvest operations across the nation.

Combine Harvester sales finished the year strongly and have now passed the 1,000 units mark for the first time since 2011.

Baler sales enjoyed a significant bump in December and finished just shy of 1,000 units, down on last year by around 24 per cent and sales of Out-Front Mowers finished in line with last year.

Much has been written about the challenges surrounding supply, not just relating to Agricultural machines. Industry forecasts for 2022 indicate another solid year ahead supported by very healthy commodities markets.

The TMA has been engaged in a wide range of important issues throughout 2021 with the most recent of these being the situation regarding supply of AdBlue.

Whilst the industry is making headway on replacing supply shortages, the matter of machine integrity has been brought into sharp focus with some in the industry questioning the viability of disengaging the emissions management systems on diesel tractors.

Our members have been very strong on this topic, fully supporting a farmers’ Right to Repair machines but not supporting the Right to Modify. This example goes to the heart of the TMA position, and you can read more about this on our newly revamped website.

Finally, we are pleased to advise that the 2022 TMA Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday July 20th to be held at the Hyatt Essendon Fields in Melbourne. More details to follow but for now "SAVE THE DATE"

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