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Benchmark farming systems

Regular monitoring of dairy farms illustrates different practices and farm management.

Constructed from concrete farm observations, the sheets detail each functioning production system. The technical, economic and environmental approaches give farmers and their advisors precious benchmarks in order to understand the flexibilities and optimize their farm system.

In France the benchmark sheets are used per region. For example, in the region Pays de la Loire, in 2009, sheets cover eight production systems in three different climatic contexts. The example illustrates the sheets for a grazing system on soil with an average potential.

General farm characteristics
Nutrition cows and young stock
Use of forage area, fertilisation and mineral balance
Buidlings and types of material consistent with the system
Economic performance
Calculation cost price of milk