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Benchmarking

RMCG has a long history of both industry benchmarking projects and benchmarking our private farm clients.

Benchmarking involves looking at a few key indicators of performance and seeing how businesses compare with each other.

Farming families get enormous benefit from benchmarking if it is kept simple and is used to answer the important questions: Should we buy the block next door? Can we bring other family members into the business? Should we replant with new varieties?

At an industry level, benchmarking can highlight key relationships between say yield and water use efficiency. It can facilitate meaningful practice change by helping industry to focus on the key performance indicators.

RMCG has developed the BizCheck method, from economic and financial farm surveys carried out over a range of agricultural and horticultural industries.  Data collection is based on annual financial statements (tax return data) and physical farm information. This information is combined to provide performance indicators that anyone can use. It has been applied over many years to citrus, wine grapes, pome and stone fruit, grains, pork, dairy, rice and a range of other enterprises.

We also undertake cost of production surveys to drill into the performance of individual varieties. Measuring cost of production is fundamental in determining where costs can be reduced to improve profit.

We recognise that confidentiality is important and will ensure that the process of data collection and collation is straightforward, cost effective and confidential.

Team

Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson

Senior Fellow

B.Sci. (Ag.) (Hons), CPAg.

Charles has 20 years consulting experience and over 25 years’ experience in farm business and natural resource management. This includes water quality, salinity, irrigation, drainage, horticulture, community consultation and extension. His special fields of competence technical resource assessment; extension and advisory services to horticulture and agriculture; nutrients and water quality; and benchmarking horticultural enterprise management.

Donna Lucas

Donna Lucas

Senior Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Hons)

Donna is an agricultural consultant with experience in research, extension, farm business management and evaluation. She enjoys working with groups or individual businesses to solve problems, support decision-making and put research into practice. Donna has worked in accounting and has strong analytical and project management skills. She is also actively involved in The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly

Principal

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), M.Ag.Sci., CPAg.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural business and natural resource management research, policy, education and extension.  He is a specialist farm business management adviser, who consults to medium to large scale private farmers, agribusiness investors, agricultural industry groups and government agencies.  Adrian has specific skills and experience in strategic planning, business analysis, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Most recently he led the loss assessment for the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions and is the sole accredited deliverer of BusinessEDGE in Victoria and Tasmania.

Rob Rendell

Rob Rendell

Senior Fellow

B.Eng. (Ag), CPAg., GAICD

Rob has more than 40 years’ experience in irrigation, groundwater drainage, salinity management, project management, extension, reclaimed water re-use, practical irrigation farming and farm management, agricultural industry benchmarking and sustainability indicators.  Rob’s wide range of experience from the practical to the technical/managerial and also to strategy and policy, gives him ability to contribute at many levels. He is recognised as a leader in the water and irrigated agriculture sector.

Luke Rolley

Luke Rolley

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., GAICD

Luke provides advice to agriculture clients on: financial analysis, business and strategic planning, business development, due diligence, negotiation and contract management, system design and operation, benchmarking, project management, technical viticulture and assessment of loss. In short, maximising the profit available in agriculture.

Daryl Poole

Daryl Poole

Associate

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), CPAg., GAICD

Daryl has over 20 years of experience is in the areas of agribusiness and farm management, particularly the dairy industry.   He has a diploma in Human Resource Management (Dairy) and can assist farming businesses with their employment practices to ensure their workforce is both effective and compliant.  Daryl also has an in depth understanding of water policy and what it means at the farm level which allows him to assist irrigation businesses develop their water risk management strategies.   Daryl has both facilitator and strategic planning experience and can assist farming businesses and organisations to achieve their goals.

Sam Henty

Sam Henty

Consultant

Ba.Ag.Sci., PGCert CCPI

Sam is passionate about agriculture and specialises in farm business management and economic analysis. He has specialised experience in research, farm modelling and economic analysis. Sam’s specific skills in economic analysis and stochastic risk modelling can provide advice to agricultural clients on business, investment and decision analyses.

Sophie Lapsley

Sophie Lapsley

Vegetable Industry Education & Training Initiative Coordinator

B.Sci.Ag.Lan.Man. (Hons), Dip.Bus.Mgt.

Sophie has extensive experience in private and public companies complimented with the successful operation of two privately owned companies. This has included roles in the Agricultural Sector, Quality Management, Operations & Business Management and Accounting enabling her to develop skills in many areas including; Lean Management, Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Education & Training, WHS, Project Management, and Soil & Plant Nutrition.

Jacqui Knee

Jacqui Knee

Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Jacqui works predominantly in the dairy industry. This work focuses on business planning, profitability and the efficient use of water and other natural resources on-farm, including dairy effluent. Clients include: farmers, state government agencies, dairy regional development programs and Dairy Australia. Her knowledge of business management helps businesses and rural industries understand trends and issues to make better decisions.

Clinton Muller

Clinton Muller

Senior Consultant

M.Sust.Ag., B.Bus. (Hons), B.A.

Clinton has extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, with a specialist focus on horticulture and intensive production systems. With a strong agricultural industry focus, Clinton has worked across a range of agricultural commodities and natural resource management issues in Australia and internationally.  Clinton’s diverse range of capacities including program design and management, stakeholder engagement, partnership management, monitoring evaluation and reporting, extension, facilitation, action research and science communication.

Emma Egan

Emma Egan

Consultant

Adv.Dip.Ag., Dip.Crop Agronomy

Emma is an agricultural consultant with experience in research, red meat production, farm business management, and extension. Prior to commencing at RMCG, she studied both crop agronomy and farm business management, with a strong interest in data compliance and management. Currently, Emma is actively involved as the Industry Development Officer for VegNET Tasmania.