Expectations heading west

Header sales dependant on West Australia


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HEADING WEST: The Massey Feguson Ideal header

HEADING WEST: The Massey Feguson Ideal header

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Header sales dependant on West Australia

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Header sales have remained sluggish on the back of the eastern drought. 

Massey Ferguson Australia and New Zealand, director of marketing, Fergal Meehan said he thought nationally header sales would remain steady, he still had some optimism the market could come back. 

"While I think it will be a bit flat this year, maybe a small decline, I don't think it is completely doom and gloom quite yet," he said. 

Good stock levels remain available around the country so if demand improves, dealers will be ready to deal. - Gary Northover, TMA

"There has been a pretty good year in Western Australia, and we have had a lot of interest from there which is fantastic."

Mr Meehan said about forty per cent of the combine harvesters in the country are sold in Western Australia. 

"Also there is still a fair bit of quoting activity happening on the east coast, so I am going to remain reasonably positive," he said. 

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Tractor and Machinery Association (TMA), executive director, Gary Northover said last months results showed another drop in national tractor sales, which he believed was linked to drought conditions in eastern states, while the sales figures for new headers continued to remain sluggish. 

"Combine harvester sales continue to struggle with advice from many dealers that the forward ordering of new machines has been less than promising," he said.

"Good stock levels remain available around the country so if demand improves, dealers will be ready to deal."

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