Lean on our Farm
Follow our farm's lean journey, see what we are doing, and learn about how lean thinking and tools can help your farming business. Lean can help every type of farmer and grower. We have started our 2 Minute LeanFarm videos to give farmers a practical sense of some of the lean tools and principles and how to apply them. These are done randomly based on what we are doing on our farm. Watch our videos or read our blog posts below to learn more.
A lean dairy farm also needs a lean dairy shed or milking parlour. Is your dairy shed or facilities a lean dairy shed? Are you thinking about building a new dairy shed and want to incorporate lean thinking into your shed design? I have been talking to a farmer in NZ that is in this […]
One of the key improvements we are making on our farm is the introduction of a lean tool called visualisation. This is about making things easy to understand using visual signs, symbols, colours, labels and so on. Visualisation is all around us in our everyday life. It helps us to grasp a situation quickly and […]
It was very exciting to see my new book in bookstores yesterday!!. The book is now available in all Paperplus and Whitcoulls stores in New Zealand and all Dymocks stores in Australia. Also available online through all major booksellers. Visit your local bookstore to grab a copy. Visit www.theleandairyfarm.com for more info.
People are one of the most important assets that you will have on farm. The success and contribution your people will add to your business is determined on how well you empower them and build engagement and motivation. Good leaders and employee support mechanisms and systems can help a business bring out the best from […]
After developing the successful LeanFarm program (www.leanfarm.nz) – a lean training program tailored specifically for dairy farmers in 2016, I am incredibly excited to release my book The Lean Dairy Farm to the world. The book is for every farmer globally who wants to use proven lean principles to improve their farming business, eliminating waste […]
This isn’t exactly a “lean” thing, but it is about adapting your processes to ensure that you are doing what’s best for your animals and also getting better results for the farm. In this hot weather, we have identified and cordoned off our shady paddocks. We have shifted our milking times by an hour and […]
A couple of weeks ago was our scheduled monthly farm walk for January. This time we trialled going digital for our audit rather than using the paper check sheet. We have recently started using FarmIQ on our farm and are slowly integrating more and more features onto the farm. One of them is the ability […]
On our farm we are also trying to embrace more and more technology and become more digitalised. We have installed a large tv screen in our main office on the wall. We now use it for all our team presentations, monthly big picture breakfasts, and weekly CI sessions. It has been brilliant as we can […]
If you want to step out of the day to day to focus more on “working on the business” you need systems and tools in place to ensure that the farm continues to run well without you. One tool we use is a monthly Manager Farm Walk Audit.This is essential an audit of the whole […]
Lean Farming: What does Lean have to do with farming? How can it apply lean principles to a farm? Farming is completely different to making cars isn’t it? Yes farming is different – we have a lot more variables that perhaps are not as easily controlled – weather, cows health, global stock markets, environmental changes. However, […]