Mike Neaverson: New tractor costs make me hanker for outdated equipment

I’ve about as little curiosity in new tractors as I do in taking horse using classes, or working a cattery.

If a machine has tyres of an ample dimension and ample ponies to rotate them, I couldn’t actually care what secure it has bolted out of.

As I become older, what I truly care about is how a lot my decrease again creaks once I get out of it, and the way a lot the pockets has to creak earlier than I can get into it. 

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Mike Neaverson

Farmlife opinion author

Mike is a potato farmer and unbiased agronomist from Lincolnshire. A former scholar columnist for Farmers Weekly, he had a 12 months farming in New Zealand, a few stints in Antarctica and 5 years working in administration for an enormous farming firm. He got here again to South Lincs and arrange his personal firm in 2017, beginning his potato operation from scratch, and working totally on rented cropping licence land. His father is a 200ha tenant arable farmer and Mike can be concerned virtually in that enterprise.

And on this topic, whereas grain and commodity costs have slumped significantly from their report highs, a fast scan of the classifieds would recommend that the costs of latest and nearly-new farm equipment aren’t following go well with. 

By no means has the hole between a trade-in and a brand new machine been so nice.

As fleeting as 2022 grain costs could have turned out to be, the primary factor maintaining costs for arable equipment buoyant seems to be the taxman peering over the secure door, neighing for an enormous wedge of the bumper ’22-harvest haystack.

As a potato grower, having to pay lots of tax has not been of nice concern over the previous couple of years, with a fellow grower jokingly saying that he ought to ask his accountant to vary the character of his enterprise to a “not-for-profit organisation”. 

So what to do? Maybe we must always distribute the workload over a fleet of appreciating fashionable classics from my youth?

Whereas nostalgia is nice, I’m simply making an attempt to think about the dialog I’d have with Jack, our predominant operator, explaining how I’ve chopped his air-suspended Valtra in for a Nineteen Eighties Observe Marshall to spend 2,000 hours a 12 months rattling round Lincolnshire in. 

Having carried out the budgeting train once more this winter within the context of report costs, I believe, on steadiness, we’ll maintain our predominant tractor – which now does the lion’s share of the laborious work – working on the trendy equipment treadmill.

All of the others can age gracefully on lighter duties.

What it has additionally confirmed to me is that, in the case of farm equipment alternative insurance policies, there are such a lot of methods to pores and skin a cat that maybe I ought to have began that cattery in spite of everything.