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Case Studies

Watch our videos below to see how farmers are using Farmbench to understand their cost of production and performance, and start to build resilient business plans.

“Farmbench is a way of inputting figures so you can compare your performance with neighbouring, local or national farmers and focus on the areas of your business that need attention.”

Mark Wood, Arable and Beef Farmer, Hereford

“Benchmarking made us have a good look at what we were doing and how we can change. Whenever I mention it to my accountant or bank manager, they say marvellous, that’s the thing you ought to be doing.”

John Thomas, Arable farmer, Vale of Glamorgan

“If we didn’t have Farmbench or hadn’t been benchmarking our costs we would basically be guessing. But with it we’re making an informed decision.”

Andrew Booth, Arable Farmer, Aberdeenshire

“Every single cost that we have has to be put somewhere. So whether it is beef, cereals, potatoes or other, i.e. contracting or renewables, you can see exactly where the money is going. The more years you do it, the more accurate you get at it.”

John Weir, Arable and Potatoes, Fife

“Once you start benchmarking you start to address your fears on costings and benchmarking. There is nothing to be afraid of it, benchmarking will help your business, it’s not going to hinder it.”

Luppo Diepenbroek, Independent grassland and soil consultant

“Farmbench is like looking over the hedgerows of someone else’s farm. Confidentially, you can open it up and see where you are against others and see where you need to improve.”

Edward Hawkins, beef farmer, Somerset

“You’ve got to use something like Farmbench, see where you're going, get your costings, adapt and change.”

Gavin Hunter, Arable Farmer, Huntingdon

“Without this information you can’t make a sensible business decision. You may not like the decisions you have to make but they have to be made nonetheless.”

John Aynsley, Farm Manger, North Yorkshire
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