Farmers show interest in machinery

JILL GALLOWAY
Last updated 09:00 15/03/2014

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Big machinery companies say they have had a buoyant Central Districts Field Days, with farmers and contractors checking out and buying equipment.

And those that did not buy were interested in looking and were expected to make a purchase in the next month, said stall holders. Origin Ag Group spokesman Craig Lancaster said he thought foot traffic was down on previous Field Days but there was genuine interest. The Cambridge company sells mowers, rakes and wagons.

"There was good enquiry and some people might buy a week or month later. It will give us a lot of work over the next few weeks."

Paul Holdaway, from machinery manufacturer Claas, said it had sold products, mainly to dairy farmers. He said farmers had been confident and enquiries had been genuine throughout the event.

TRC Tractors sales manager Aaron Meurk said there had been a lot of interest in big machines from farmers and contractors.

"The record dairy payout goes through to all farmers and they are all positive and confident."

An average tractor would cost about $100,000, he said.

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