Key Performance Indicators

Published 15 November 17

To help improve farmers' competitiveness, we have created a clear set of measures and targets so they can benchmark their performance and identify areas for improvement.

The measures are broken down into two areas:

  • Enterprise key performance indicators which highlight the five key areas for both all year round (AYR) and block calving systems which are crucial to delivering the financial performance required
  • Three key business measures that every business should know, understand and benchmark their performance against.

The measures can be found in the tables below and show what good, average and poor operators are currently achieving using industry data from the top and bottom 25% and average performers.

Farmers can also access an online calculator to enter their own figures and see how they perform and highlight focus areas.

Definitions for each of the KPIs can be found in the menu on the left.

KPI Current Industry Performance:

Enterprise KPIs

BLOCK CALVING SYSTEMS 

Key Performance Indicators

Good performance

Average performance

Poor performance

Cows calved within the first 6 weeks (%)

>90%

58%

<50%

Solids output per ha (Kg milk solids/hectare)

>1250kg/ha

1050kg/ha

<850kg/ha

Milk output from forage (litres)

>4000l

2600l

<2400l

Herd replacement rate (%)

18%

25%

>30%

Overheads (fixed costs) as a proportion of income (output) (%)

<30%

40%

>50%

Genetic merit

TBC

TBC

TBC

 

ALL YEAR ROUND CALVING 

Key Performance Indicators

Good performance

Average performance

Poor performance

Pregnancy rate (%)

>20%

14%

<8%

Age at first calving (months)

24 months

27 months

>30 months

Total feed costs (pence/litre)

<8 ppl

9 ppl

>10 ppl

Average daily lifetime yield (litres/day)

>13.6 litres

11.8 litres

<9.8 litres

Overheads (fixed costs) as a proportion of income (output) (%)

<30%

40%

>50%

Genetic merit

TBC

TBC

TBC 


Business Financial Measures

GENERIC FINANCIAL MEASURES 

Key Performance Indicators

Good performance

Average performance

Poor performance

Income (output) retained (%)

20%

5%

<0%

Return on tenants capital (%)

20%

7%

<0%

Full economic costs of production (ppl)

AYR<25ppl

Block <22ppl

28.5ppl

>32ppl

 

 

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