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APRIL 2018
www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
Machinery News
APRIL 2018
Machinery News
www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
All control buttons have been ergonomically designed; and
Revised cab interior trim.
Finally, a number of intelligent advancements have also been
announced:
LED working lights for better visibility and reduced power
consumption;
New buttons at the rear of the tractor simplify coupling the
rear implements;
Optional electrically adjustable, heated rear-view mirrors
improve visibility and safety; and
New design of the exhaust system further reduces noise
and improves visibility.
Rob Edwards, business development manager for Kubota
UK's Agriculture Division, said: "The target for Kubota is to
achieve 10 per cent share of the agricultural tractor market
by 2019. The investment we are making in bringing newer
and more innovative solutions to the market, supported by
a fi rst-class service off ering, highlights our commitment and
dedication to achieve this.
"The M7002 Series is our next generation of tractor and we
are delighted to be launching it to market. It's an evolution
of our product range, with a host of innovative features and
benefi ts that make the M7002 an effi cient, powerful and
cost-eff ective solution that will off er outstanding value to
farmers and contractors."
Kevin Pryce, area sales manager for Kubota in Ireland, in front
of the newly launched Kubota M
at LAMMA show.
The price is right?
By Tom Murphy
Professional Agricultural
Contractors of Ireland
The Professional Agricultural Contractors of Ireland (PAC
Ireland) o ce has received calls from all over the country
criticising the recent online publication of a price list for
agricultural contracting services. Over the years, journalists
have compiled price lists for the farming papers but these
have never been well received by professional agricultural
contractors, and it seems this one is no di erent. One
contractor from Tipperary said to me many years ago, "if you
want to go bust, use the prices printed in the papers."
After 30 years fi ghting the corner for agricultural contractors,
my take is that price lists can be divisive. We cannot blame
farmers for using the lowest price in the range as a bargaining
tool to negotiate down. It is hard enough for agricultural
contractors to get a viable price for their services; by and
large, prices have not increased signifi cantly for many years,
particularly among some contractors who also farm, where
the real cost of providing contracting services can become
distorted. Comparison of contractor charges over the past
10 years, against increased costs of machinery, fuel, labour
and other overheads over the same time period, reveals tight
profi t margins often bordering on zero.
PAC Ireland took the decision many years ago not to publish
price lists and not to have any discussion on prices at our
meetings. The view was held that so many factors come into
play when a contractor agrees a price with his farmers that to
publish a range of prices would be a serious disadvantage to
the majority of professional contractors.
I fi nd that published price lists encourage the black economy
to undercut the legitimate contractor's pricing structure.
The temptation for some farmers to take the lowest quote
can mean using contractors that are not in the tax net or
properly insured and often don't meet their machinery
repayments. That said, we know that as many as 90 per cent
of farmers return to the same contractor every year and that
their decisions are not based solely on price charged but
on reliability, a professional service and the expectation of a
continued service into the future.