MLA - Get your business benchmarked without paying a cent

Get your business benchmarked without paying a cent




MLA and Holmes Sackett have partnered to offer 60 commercial goat producers the opportunity to get their businesses fully benchmarked against the average and top 20% goat businesses at no cost – a service valued at $6,000.


In return, you’ll be contributing to Australia’s bank of goat industry business performance data, which helps:

  • explain to new and existing producers the key production and profitability drivers for goats
  • demonstrate the effectiveness of goat levy investment
  • define how the industry is tracking i.e. growing, expanding, shrinking.


What’s in it for you?

  1. A customised report showing the production and financial performance of your goat enterprise.
  2. A comparison of your business performance against the pooled average and top 20% performance, and a fresh set of eyes to help identify the opportunities for improvement.  
  3. Get an idea of how you’re tracking against others in the red meat industry through an industry scale comparison of goat enterprise performance against other livestock enterprises over time.


Minimum effort for maximum return


  1. Convenience – you don’t need to set foot off your farm; we’ll come to you (on farm) to collect the data.
  2. Efficiency – minimal time stuck in the office with us; we’ll help you prepare and get your information ready so the farm visit is as quick and painless as possible.
  3. Knowledge and skills – get those tricky questions answered; we’re here to help so if you have questions or concerns about the business end of your goat business, let us know.
  4. Privacy – your individual data will remain private; we’ll only compare your individual results with the pooled results of other goat businesses. Likewise, other businesses won’t see your individual data, they’ll only see their data compared with the pool results.  
  5. Profitability – you’ll be able to use the farm visit with us to identify ways to improve the profitability of your enterprise.
  6. No judgement – you’ll have an objective set of eyes look over your business’ performance. We’re here to inform you how your business stacks up against other businesses – and what you can do to improve your profitability.  


We understand that drought is having a significant impact on production and this unfortunately is not an uncommon part of the industry’s cycle. For this reason, it’s important to collect data from good as well as poor seasons so we better understand the volatility that you and others in the industry experience. Two data collection timings have been proposed – one in autumn/winter 2019 and another in 2021.


Keen to get on board? This is what we need from you:


  • Devote a couple of hours to compile some paperwork prior to us meeting with you.
  • Your compliance (tax) or management accounts from 2015–16 to 2017–18.
  • Where possible, your livestock numbers for all enterprises from 2016 to 2018, including time of kidding/lambing/calving and typical time of sales.
  • Number of sales and value of sales for the goat enterprise.
  • Opening and closing goat numbers (managed goat enterprises only).
  • At least three hours of time so that we can record your production and financial information.
  • A location on a map or coordinates for the best place for us to meet with you.


Holmes Sackett is a consultancy business that benchmarks the production and financial performance of over 200 farm businesses across south-east Australia annually. For this project, we’ll be working with goat producers from across Australia to collect five years of enterprise data. This time frame will allow for the impacts of seasonal volatility between years to be assessed.


Contact details

If you would like to be involved, please contact Prue Francis of Holmes Sackett to discuss the project further and establish a time when it might suit to meet with you on farm. Prue can be contacted via email or phone on 0435 052 255.


We look forward to working with you.


Kind regards

Julie Petty

Project Manager - Goat Industry