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We have made some simple books that you can use as handbooks. Using Lean is not that difficult, so just get started with what best suits the challenge
Continuous improvements in agriculture
The book tells how the Lean mindset can be used in agriculture. The book shows with lots of examples how Lean, which is developed for industrial production, can also produce fantastic results on agriculture.
On all farms, there are work processes that consist of process steps. There is work to be done with quality – and there are employees to be motivated. So agriculture is not that different from other industries and Lean can produce great results on all types of farming.
We, Susanne Pejstrup and Vibeke Fladkjaer Nielsen, are experts in Lean in agriculture and we talk about the Lean method in a clear, easy to read style that can be used by farmers all over the world. We have written cases from several types of agriculture – crop production, pig production, milk production, mink etc. We show how respect for people, continuous improvement and visual management can improve agricultural performance. The book is richly illustrated and appeals to both agricultural leaders, agricultural workers, veterinarians, consultants and others in the agro-industry.
Lean in Dairy Farming
The book is in Danish and has cases from milk production. However, we have been told that it is also good for other industries – for example, artisans have enjoyed reading it.
It was written by Susanne Pejstrup and Vibeke Fladkjaer Nielsenn.
Continuous improvements in milk production
We talk about what Lean is and how you can use it for farming. There are a lot of pictures and case-storys, so it’s easy to relate to everyday life in a farm. You can use the book as a “do-it-yourself” book.
We have what we call the “people approach” to Lean. That is, we do a lot of how you can involve your employees, get them motivated to contribute. We describe a lot of ways to do it with good stories from practical farming.
Cattle housing design
Susanne Pejstrup is one of the experts who contributed to the book with the Danish recommendations for the cattle housing designs.
There is a Danish updated version available on SEGES website, which can be downloaded as a PDF. Take a look here: Indretning af stalde til kvæg, 2018 You need a login to Landbrugsinfo.
Animal welfare is the basis for good production
It has been a pleasure to work with the book, because all the time we have assumed that the conditions for the animals should be perfectly in order while working conditions in the barn, environmental conditions and finances should be in place. If you need to build, then “Cattle Housing Design – Danish Recommendations” is a good place to start.
The “book” is divided into individual chapters, which can be downloaded below (You need a login to Landbrugsinfo in order to do so):
- Kapitel 1: Kvægets adfærd
- Kapitel 2: Alder. Vægt og kropsmål
- Kapitel 3: Sundhed
- Kapitel 4: Håndtering og tilsyn af dyr
- Kapitel 5: Staldklima
- Kapitel 6: Inventar, krybber, drikkevand og gulve
- Kapitel 7: Kælvnings- og separationsafdeling
- Kapitel 8: Kalve og ungdyr
- Kapitel 9: Malkekøer
- Kapitel 10: Malkeområde
- Kapitel 11: Kødkvæg
Source: SEGES / Landbrugsinfo