Thursday, December 5, 2013

Benchmarking on the Farm

Benchmarking is the process of seeking out those best practices that will lead to the superior performance on the farm. The Japanese term dantotsu means seeking to be the "best of the best". Benchmarking is a positive, proactive, structured process which leads to changing approaches and competitive advantages.

"We have always done it that way" is simply not sufficient and extrapolation from the past may lead to poor future results. New practices and methods have to be uncovered and the best of these have to be combined to provide a competitive advantage. The practice of widely searching for new ideas for methods, practices and processes not limited to farming is called benchmarking.

The basic steps to benchmarking are:

  1. Know your operation. Know the strengths and weaknesses of your farm
  2. Know your competitors and industry leaders.
  3. Choose to incorporate the best.
  4. Gain superiority by using best practices.
For more information see: Benchmarking by Robert C. Camp

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