How to use the Lean model to make savings and increase efficiencies on your farm
The Lean business model of reducing waste & increasing efficiencies has become popular on dairy farms. On this week’s Dairy Edge, labour researcher Marion Beecher & Head of Continuous Improvement at Dairygold Co-Op, John Murphy, join Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss the role of Lean practices.
Lean is not rocket science, but it can be the small changes to work organisation that add up to big savings and differences over time.
Firstly, John documents the process of integrating Lean across all sectors of Dairygold Co-Op and the roll out to their suppliers with the resulting benefits including improved communication, work processes and safety whilst also reducing waste and increasing efficiency.
Marion gives practical examples of Lean on farms including a case study that measured the efficiency of the milking process where savings of 20 minutes per milking were made, which accounts for in excess of 180 hours annually.
Because milking accounts for the largest proportion of annual farm tasks, Marion suggests this is an area every farmer can measure and target to improve efficiency.
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