A Case IH-sponsored 2014 survey of 800 livestock and crop producers in North America revealed differences in the way that livestock and crop producers think about farm equipment purchases. Are you a livestock or crop producer? What considerations top your list when looking for farm equipment?
“A big difference between livestock and crop producers when it comes to equipment is usage,” says Ryan Drollette, Farm Management Specialist from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Livestock producers run their equipment every single day, while crop producers are running them for longer periods of time during select seasons.”
“Having quick service stations on equipment is key,” says Drollette, a former dairyman himself. “If I can head out to the barn and do my daily maintenance check without having to crawl around the machine, I can get to work that much sooner.”
The research confirms that livestock and crop producers also retain their equipment differently. While livestock producers may keep their equipment for five to 10 years, crop producers buying new equipment tend to trade more frequently.
“The longevity of the equipment matters to the more value-oriented livestock producer,” says Brett DeVries, Case IH Hay and Forage Product Specialist. “Case IH offers a full line of equipment to meet the needs of all producers, no matter the size, type or location of the operation.”
What topped the list for livestock and crop producers’ considerations when making equipment purchases? Find out in our next Be Ready blog post.