While last year was a strong year for round-baler sales, this year has seen a dramatic 34.5 per cent decline. According to industry experts, there’s a number of factors at play to explain the decline.
Last year saw the highest sales of round-balers since 2008. Alan Kirsten from Agriview says it was only natural that 2017 would see a downturn following such a strong year. Alan also notes that demand for round-balers has been increasing since 2011, so it’s not unexpected to see demand start to ease off.
“Based on there being lots of hay around from the 2016 record volume of planned production, I know that a lot of people have grown less hay this year,” says Lars Pasedag, Senior Product Manager of Kubota.
Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director of Kuhn, sees the same pattern, “There’s not as much to harvest and there’s hay in the sheds already from last year.”