Frequently Asked Questions
Milkbench+ a dairy benchmarking system that allows GB dairy farmers to improve efficiency & increase profit by comparing their dairy enterprise with other dairy farmers. Here is a list of responses to common questions we receive regularly, about service,
participation, costs and involvement.
What can I get out of Milkbench+?
How much will the service cost me?
How long will it take me to enter data onto the Milkbench+ website?
What is involved?
How does it differ from other benchmarking services?
Milkbench+ gives you the opportunity to identify the areas of your dairy enterprise where you could make efficiency savings to increase your profit.
- Are your herd replacement costs too high?
- Are you making the most efficient use of your forages?
- Is your labour force costing you too much?
Because Milkbench+ is a comparative service, aspects of your business that are costing you more or earning you less than they do on the best performing, comparable farms should be immediately apparent from the report that you receive. Feed costs look too high? Ring your nutritionist!
If you are a dairy levy payer in Britain, using Milkbench+ will not cost you anything. Indeed, most participating farmers will find that they are easily able to recoup substantially more than their 0.06 pence per litre levy payment as a result of the efficiency savings that they can make by putting their Milkbench+ results to good use.
Dairy farming is a labour intensive business; indeed, Milkbench+ will tell you just how much your labour inputs are costing you! With this in mind, we have tried to minimise the amount of time that you will have to spend on it. The time that you put into exploring your results to identify the efficiency improvements that you can make is up to you.
First you need to register on the Milkbench+ website www.milkbenchplus.org.uk, and then enter your data into the data entry pages. Once you have entered your data you can see a report on the performance of your dairy herd. You can explore your business efficiency in greater depth by accessing more detailed reports.
Milkbench+ is, uniquely, able to calculate net margins for your enterprise. As such it is the only system that can give you a complete picture of the return on your investment in dairying and the efficiency with which every input you make is used.