The department has developed a free online decision-making tool, the Farm Economic Analysis Tool (FEAT) to assist Australian sugarcane growers to plan and measure progress and profitability.
FEAT can be used to gauge the economic impact of changing from one farming system to another, evaluate farm labour requirements, prepare cash flow budgets, analyse farm profitability and determine machinery contracting rates.
FEAT calculates economic performance indicators based on specific production information entered by the user. You do not require financial records to use FEAT.
FEAT was first released in 2007. Since then it has been updated frequently and the latest version features an improved layout, with simple data entry and easy to interpret outputs. A step-by-step FEAT user guide is now available.
Download FEAT spreadsheet and use it to analyse your own business needs.
Please note: this is a large file and may take some time to download. If you have trouble downloading this file, please contact the Customer Service Centre.
To support the use of FEAT, the department has developed a FEAT User Guide and five Regional Scenario examples, which have been prepared and prepopulated with regional data.
More information of FEAT Regional Scenarios Examples
FEAT User Guide
Group courses are run on demand to assist growers to become familiar with the tools. To find out about training opportunities in your area, please contact the Customer Service Centre.
Please note, FEAT is not a cashbook program like MYOB or Quicken. It will not prepare figures for taxation purposes.
The use of the FEAT spreadsheet package and documentation is subject to certain terms and conditions. Please see the FEAT software licence for further details.
Once you have downloaded FEAT, you will need to register before you can use it. Please follow the instructions when you first open the downloaded file.
- Free for all Australian sugarcane growers (after registering)
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
- Release/publish date:
- April 2016
- Excel spreadsheet (.XLS)
- System and software requirements:
- PC; Microsoft Excel 97 onward