Cessation of Milkbench+ services

Published 26 September 13

Following feedback from the industry during and since last year’s consultation, the DairyCo board has decided to consult on phasing out the Milkbench field service by March 2014. The reason is the substantial uptake of benchmarking tools among farmers since Milkbench started. DairyCo remains firmly in support of benchmarking as a path to improved performance and would encourage all dairy producers to use one of the many products available. Looking to the future, the aim is to continue providing regular independent economic analysis. This will help levy payers determine the key drivers for profitable systems, the industry understand its international competitiveness, and DairyCo direct future research and knowledge transfer towards areas of most benefit to levy payers. Milkbench has accrued several years of detailed data which has already underpinned a number of industry projects, and will continue to do so into the near future.