Reducing costs on the farm
Great discussion with a leading farm advisor in New Zealand last night on the range of benefits being achieved in the land of the long white cloud after introducing Lean Farm initiatives 4 years ago. The following are some of these examples and what you can expect to achieve with deploying Lean on your farm.
- “Less hours worked on farm and milking times reduced. In New Zealand there are examples of 45 minutes to 1 hour being knocked off each milking. These farmers are getting other key tasks around the milking done much more efficiently and are spending less time on farm over calving – in one case 25 hours over a fortnight per employee (about 2 hours per day per team member on average). Another farm said they have saved about 15 hours per staff member each fortnight with significant reductions in milking times.
- Calving more manageable – One farm reported a drop from 33 missed cows calved to only 1 missed the following year, this represents a significant reduction in cost and frustration. Other farmers have reported a more manageable and less stressful calving season.
- Animal health improved – Less mastitis, less lame cows and less sick cows reported.
- Milk volumes increased and quality consistent – A number of farms have reported increases in milk production, a reduction in milk quality alerts and no penicillin near-misses.
- Reduction in spending – Costs have been reduced and farmers are only buying things when needed because they now know what they have and exactly what they need.
- Less stress, more motivated and engaged team.
- Improved focus on health and safety.”
We are looking forward to working with the farm communities in Ireland and Canada to achieving some of these benefits.