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For other sources of advice you can try the following organisations:

Guidance on Farm Benchmarking

Association of Independent Crop Consultants

  • Founded in 1981, AICC is the largest group of independent crop consultants in Europe, with 244 members advising on more than 3 million acres of arable land in the UK

The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants

  • - The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, BIAC, is a professional association of experienced, independent and qualified advisors.

    BIAC maintains a register of consultants who have the experience and skills for undertaking work throughout the UK. Members can advise on all matters in the farm and food sector and their skills cover a wide range of activities in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and related businesses.

    Members' details are listed in full and you will find an on-line search facility. A Directory of Members is also available free of charge from the BIAC office.

Business Gateway (Scotland)

  • - for valuable information on starting, running and growing your business.

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds (formerly the HGCA)


    AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds (formerly the Home Grown Cereals Authority is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed independently of both commercial industry and of Government.

    Its purpose is to make agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity.


  • - The National Dairy Benchmarking System which is available free of charge to every UK dairy farmer. The result of collaboration between DairyCo, Welsh Development Agency and the Scottish Executive Environment & Rural Affairs Department, MilkBench+ enables dairy farmers to find their business strengths and weaknesses so to improve the efficiency and profitability of their business. Please note: The levy funded Milkbench+ data collection service ended on 31st March 2014. However the Milkbench+ website will continue to function until 31st March 2017.

AHDB Diary


    AHDB_Dairy is a levy-funded, not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of Britain's dairy farmers. Its remit is to solve 'market failure' in the dairy industry - to tackle issues not currently being dealt with sufficiently to meet the needs of the industry. We provide products and services to improve the sustainability of British dairy farming. We do this by providing independent, evidence-based information to British dairy farmers on:

    • Feed and forage
    • Genetic improvement
    • Animal fertility, health and welfare
    • Business skills and market intelligence

    AHDB_Dairy is funded entirely by milk producers, via a statutory levy on all milk sold off-farm, at the rate of 6p per 100 litres.

AHDB Beef and Lamb

  • AHDB_BeefLamb - is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England. It exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector. Its aims are: "To help the beef and sheep meat supply chain become more efficient" and "To add value to the beef and sheep meat industry". AHDB_BeefLamb is part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) along with five other levy organisations: (AHDB Pork - for the pig industry in England (formerly BPEX); AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds in the UK (above); AHDB Dairy (formerly DairyCo) - for milk in Great Britain (above); AHDB Potatoes - is a division of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, and is committed to supporting the British potato industry. (See more at:; AHDB Horticulture - formerly Horticultural Development Company (HDC) - exists to fund research and development and communicate results to growers (See: And has responsibility for near-market R&D for the apples and pears in Britain.

Quality Meat Scotland

DAERA-NI Benchmarking

  • Benchmarking in NI is funded under the EU Rural Development Programme. Benchmarking aims to help create a more competitive agricultural industry, through the provision of quality information to farmers and growers from which they can make business decisions. The support and assistance provided by previous benchmarking programmes has demonstrated how beneficial it is in improving business competitiveness and sustainability. DAERA-NI - Benchmarking

Farm comparison for horticultural enterprises: ZENTRUM FÜR BETRIEBSWIRTSCHAFT IM GARTENBAU E.V.

  • Offers farm performance comparisons based on farm accounting data for horticultural enterprises in Germany. Based on the comparison of more than 100 performance indicators, over a database of more than 2000 sets of farm accounts per year. Presently, more than 2,200 horticultural enterprises from all over Germany participate in their data panels. ZENTRUM FÜR BETRIEBSWIRTSCHAFT IM GARTENBAU E.V.


  • Offers members, who come from governments, administrative departments, trade associations, foundations and companies, a range of different measures in the area of regional and industry-specific benchmarking. Among these services is access to data from the "International Benchmarking Database", a collection of data which is uniquely up-to-date and unsurpassed in scope. INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARKING PROGRAMME - factsheet

Austrian Farm Data (

  • The AWI database includes roughly 500 Excel tables with relevant longitudinal and cross-sectional data. The tables are regularly updated, with a number of them available in graphic form. Agricultural and Economic Data - Austria

Finnish Farm Data (

  • MTT Agrifood Research Finland is a leading research institute developing sustainability and competitiveness of the food system. They conduct research within five research areas. Operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, MTT employs around 750 people at 14 locations across Finland. Head office is situated at Jokioinen, 1.5-hours from Helsinki. Compendium of Statistics and Projection on Agriculture - Finland

Efficient performance and manpower in Dairy Farming (DeLaval S.A.)

L'Associazione Regionale Produttori Latte del Veneto - A.Pro.La.V.

  • The Regional Association of Milk Producers of Veneto, brings together more than 3,500 producers from all the provinces of the Region of Veneto (Belluno, Treviso, Venice, Rovigo, Padua, Vicenza, Verona), representing a total annual production of over 800 million litres of milk ("oltre 8.000.000 di di latte"). Italian and EU dairy data - from A.Pro.La.V.

DLG (Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab)

  • The DLG Group is one of the largest agricultural companies in Europe and is currently owned by about 29,000 Danish farmers. 2013 turnover was EURO 7.2 billion. In addition to agricultural products, the group's activities also include supplying vegetables, electricity trading, telecom, pot plant sales, and more. DLG - Dansk Landbrugs kooperativ - will have very good benchmarking data

Danish Crown AmbA

  • The Danish pork and beef company (cooperative). Sells 22 million pigs and 700,000 beef cattle - for its 8,200 members. Owns all of the abbatoirs in Denmark. A joint stock company, since 2010 - sales in 2014 of EURO 7.8 billion. Danish Crown AmbA - has very good benchmarking data

Landbrug & Fødevarer (Danish Agriculture & Food Council)

  • The Danish Agriculture & Food Council is from a merger of: Danish Agriculture, the Danish Bacon and Meat Council, the Danish Agricultural Council, the Danish Dairy Board and Danish Pig Production. i) Promotes the political influence of the agricultural sector; ii) Offers a comprehensive range of cost-effective services for its members; and iii) Implements research and development programmes within food safety and veterinary issues, animal health and productivity, animal welfare, environment and energy. Landbrug & Fødevarer (Danish Agriculture & Food Council) - collects detailed farm accounts from every farm in Denmark

Benchmarking guide from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

  • A book on the benchmarking process - aimed at advisors and farmers - can be found on the FAO server at FAO farm benchmarking - an introduction to benchmarking for advisors in the view of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). Or if that does not work there is a cached copy on our server at FAO benchmarking (local copy)

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