How to use benchmarking in the farm production

How to use benchmarking in the farm production

You already know that benchmarking is essential for your business, but in practice, do you know how to apply it to your farm´s production?  

Even if you have already achieved an excellent level of productivity, looking around can help you go further. Knowing if there are any farms with similar characteristics to yours producing more may be the opportunity for you to seek alternatives to make a productivity leap and become even better.

Here is how to use benchmarking to your advantage:

– Set your goals by drawing inspiration from the best farmers.
Compare the data of your farm with the one of the farms that will be your role model.
– Don’t just try to copy everything they do, understand how the work is done and adapt the processes and practices to your reality – infrastructure and available staff, for example.

It is also important to assess whether your goal is achievable. One way to know it is to use a technique known as SMART applied in the business world, which fits like a glove in the definition of farm goals. Each letter of the word SMART refers to one of the five mandatory qualities of a possible goal: a goal must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and temporal.

A practical example:
Imagine that your goal is to go from an average of 10 to 11 weaned piglets per litter (gain an average of one) within six months.

S (Specific) – Is this goal specific?
Get to know exactly what you want.
Key question: “What am I getting at?”
Exemplo: Example: “I want to get from 10 to 11 weaned piglets.”

M (Mensurable) – Is this goal measurable?
Define a way to measure your result.
Key question: “How can I measure my progress?”
Example: “I can record the average of weaned piglets weekly*.”
* The number of weaned piglets is a controlled indicator on every farm that manages basic information.

A (Achievable) – Is this goal attainable?
Assess the feasibility of the goal.
Key question: “Has anyone in a similar situation to me achieved this goal?”
Example: “Yes, farmers with similar farms and the same genetics have an average of over 11 weaned piglets.”

R (Relevant) – Is this goal relevant?
Identify the positive impacts of reaching the goal on your result.
Key question: “What will be the positive impact of achieving this goal?”
Example: “Weaning 11 piglets will certainly increase my farm’s turnover.”

T (Time framed) – Is this goal time framed, does it have a deadline?
Set a deadline to reach the goal (be specific: define day, month and year).
Key question: “When do I need to achieve this result?”
Example: “I want to reach the average of 11 weaned piglets within six months.”

Therefore, the goal of weaning an average of 11 piglets used as an example is a SMART goal!

A good manager should always work with planning, establishing SMART goals and creating the shortest way to achieve them.

What about you? How do you set your goals?
What are your role models?

If your farm already participates in The Best in the Pig Industry you have information and tools available to include the final comparison on your farm’s agenda! Participating is simple:

If you are an Agriness S2 user, you only need to send a monthly backup copy of your data.

If you are Agriness S4 user, no action is required from you. Your data is sent to the Best in real time.

Take advantage of  free tools and compare yourself!

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