Getting started with Farmbench

Follow the steps below to get up and running with Farmbench

Register

To begin using Farmbench you’ll first need to register.

To register you’ll need to enter basic information including your name, address and contact number. You’ll also need to create a password for your account.

Once your account has been created, you will receive an email confirming access to the dashboard. You’ll then be able to add your farm via the 'My Business' tab.

Now you are ready to input your data.

If you would like to create a test farm at this point to practice with Farmbench, you can do so by selecting 'Add New Test Farm' when adding a new farm.

Inputting your data

Gathering information is straightforward. You probably already have records of the data required.

You choose the level that suits you best. You can invest as much of your time as you like and go as far as you want to go.

  • Either: Look at the 10 most meaningful KPIs for each enterprise
  • Or: Enter all of your income and cost data and Farmbench will calculate cost of production and net margins for each enterprise

There are two types of information you can enter in to Farmbench.

Physical information

Examples include:

  • Number of cows/heifers bulled, number of calves born, calf weight and age at weaning, calving period
  • Number of ewes put to ram, scanning results, number of lambs reared, lamb sale weights
  • Areas and yields of combinable crops, potatoes or sugar beet grown etc
  • Total milk production, pence per litre, calving numbers, deaths, pregnancy rates

Financial Information

Examples include:

  • Sales income
  • Seed, fertiliser, feed, vet costs
  • Machinery costs, e.g. repairs, contracting, fuel
  • Property costs, e.g. repairs, electricity