Tractor sales are up in predominantly livestock and mixed-farming areas, according to the latest figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association.
Numbers rose by 17.4% in Yorkshire and Lancashire, 12% in Northern Ireland and by nearly 10% in the West Midlands. A degree of these increases can be attributed to stronger beef and lamb prices.
The north somewhat bucked this theory, however, dropping by 12.9%. Conversely, sales dropped in the south east and eastern areas by 17% and 8.8% respectively. Overall national tractor sales are marginally down by 0.7% on this time last year.