Make your farm better, smarter, and more productive
The Lean method is revolutionising farming globally with its proven approach for reducing waste, improving productivity and sustaining profits.In The Lean Dairy Farm, dairy farmer and Lean consultant Jana Hocken explains why this approach is essential to every dairy farm and how to apply these tools, practices and principles to your dairy operation.
The Lean Dairy Farm helps reduce the common problems and stressors faced by farmers every day: long work hours, high staff turnovers, repeat problems, breakdowns, wastage, safety and high costs. Using her own family’s dairy farm as a case study, Jana provides insight into how the Lean approach applies to farming, introduces practical tools to help you improve efficiency and reduce waste, and shows you how to create a farm culture that supports Lean thinking.
Even if Lean is entirely new to you, this book offers a simple blueprint for applying its principles and practices to improve your farm.
- Quickly make use of basic Lean concepts on your farm
- Identify and eliminate waste in farm processes
- Organise your farm effectively to improve productivity
- Standardise your processes to do everything right the first time
- Develop an engaged, high performing team
If you want a more efficient, profitable and robust dairy farm, The Lean Dairy Farm is for you.
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About the Author
JANA HOCKEN is a veteran Lean business consultant with a background in Toyota, who has assisted hundreds of companies across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America and Europe. She has been a speaker at numerous events and in 2017 developed the successful LeanFarm training program specifically for farmers.
MAT HOCKEN is a 4th generation farmer and 2017 Nuffield scholar. As well as embracing Lean on the farm, Mat aims to inspire farmer-led innovation, through projects such as The Rural Innovation Lab and FarmCave.
Table of Contents
Part I The concept of ‘Lean’ 1
1 Before we get started … 3
2 What is ‘Lean’? 9
3 Applying Lean to dairy farming 31
Part II 10 Lean tools that will transform your farm 43
4 The 8 wastes on the farm 45
5 5S workplace organisation 91
6 Visual management 141
7 Standard work 187
8 Value stream mapping 231
9 Practical problem solving 261
10 Built-in quality 289
11 Total productive maintenance 309
12 Creating flow on the farm 339
13 Visual planning 355
Part III The culture of a Lean Farm 371
14 Creating the right culture 373
15 People behaviours 379
16 Lean leadership 385
About the authors 397