Lean means “slim”. Basically, Lean Production is centered on creating more value with less work. It is a production system and a management philosophy based on what is the real value and what is waste. It is central to involve the workers. It is the workers who can create continuous improvements.
The 5 principles in Lean
- Identify value
- Map the value stream and remove waste
- Create flow
- Establish pull
- Seek perfection by continious improvements
The 8 types of waste in farming
- OVERPRODUCTION: Eg. producing too much silage, heifers or more piglets than can be sold.
- TRANSPORT: Eg. too long, too often or with too small og too big machinery.
- WAITING TIME: Eg processes with stops, wrong capacity in milking parlour
- OVER-PROCESSING: Eg. cleaning more than necessary or doing things due to tradition
- INVENTORY: Eg. buying or keeping stuff just in case
- DEFECT: Eg. dead animals and ruined feedstuff
- MOTION: Eg. too many steps, looking for tools
- UNUSED TALENT: Eg. talent placed on the wrong places and when you do not ask for their opinion.