Farmers user Fertbench to:
- Improve profit from their beef enterprise
- Improving calves reared from 88% to 92%, and tightening the calving period can earn an extra £8,000 per year for a 100 cow beef herd in the UK (September 2009 calf values)
- Enhance the value of breeding sales by quoting Fertbench fertility data to customers
Vets and consultants use Fertbench to:
- Offer a value added service to their clients individually or as a group
Retailers use Fertbench to:
- Improve suppliers efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint
Fertbench is practical and easy to use
All you need is calving date data and basic beef herd records.
Fertbench allows you to compare your beef herd to targets:
- Identify areas for improvement
- Compare breeding performance year on year
- Benchmark against other herds
- By postcode, region (UK only) or country
- By beef group or vet practice
- Diagnose reasons for poor fertility or calf losses
How much does it cost?
The service costs £60+VAT for a year's subscription.
Subscription allows you to enter up to three sets of herd data – eg spring, summer and autumn herds, or previous year's data.
Pay online before receiving results.
We have added two new features to Fertbench:
- Cow and Heifer to bull ratio will be available for date entered after 13th July 2012.
- Calf Weaning Value is an indicator of average calf value based on your herds calving pattern. The tighter the calving pattern the higher the value. The Fertbench target value for a herd calving 65% in weeks 1-3, 25% in weeks 4-6, 7% in weeks 7-9 and 3% in weeks 10-12 is £595. A herd with an average Calf Weaning Value of £540 may gain £55 per calf if they can achieve this target calving pattern. It assumes that calves are weaned 8 months (240 days) after the first calf is born, that calves are 45kg at birth and calf daily liveweight gain is 1.15kg/day. Calf value, currently £2.00/kg, will be periodically altered to reflect changes in calf weaning price.
Want to see Fertbench in action? Take a look at Our introduction to fertbench.