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Lean means “without fat”. Lean is a production system and a management philosophy, where you constantly try to create more value with less resources. We work with different tools and always very systematically with the aim of finding and reducing waste in production. Waste is all that does not create value. It is central to involve the employees. It is the employees who can make continuous improvements every day in production.


The 5 principles in Lean

  1. Identify value
  2. Map the value stream and remove waste
  3. Create flow
  4. Establish pull
  5. Seek perfection by continious improvements

The 8 types of waste in farming

  1. OVERPRODUCTION: Eg. producing too much silage, heifers or more piglets than can be sold.
  2. TRANSPORT: Eg. too long, too often or with too small og too big machinery.
  3. WAITING TIME: Eg processes with stops, wrong capacity in milking parlour
  4. OVER-PROCESSING: Eg. cleaning more than necessary or doing things due to tradition
  5. INVENTORY: Eg. buying or keeping stuff just in case
  6. DEFECT: Eg. dead animals and ruined feedstuff
  7. MOTION: Eg. too many steps, looking for tools
  8. UNUSED TALENT: Eg. talent placed on the wrong places and when you do not ask for their opinion.

LEAN IN AGRICULTURE – Create More Value with Less Work on the Farm – is ready for preorder. It is published by Productivity Press.  Written by Susanne Pejstrup and Vibeke Fladkaer Nielsen.

THE LEAN FARM are written by Ben Hartman. He tells an exiting story of how they implemeted Lean in small scale farming. Lean Farming by Susanne Pejstrup has contributed to the book.