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We are an open discussion group focusing on Lean management in milk production. The group consists of farmers, advisers and others with an interest in the subject. The purpose is to exchange ideas and inspiration for how we can use Lean to reduce waste and unnecessary costs and to create a competitive Lean agricultural business in the future.
- We meet online 3-4 times a year.
- We meet approx. once a year on a study tour with visits and workshops on farms and businesses in Europe. Next trip you can read more about below.
Study trip to England in 2023
We are keeping an eye on situation and setting a date as soon as it becomes safe to travel again.
Are you ready to practice how we use the Lean tools on a farm?
We will be doing Lean training together on two farms in south west England and we will discuss how to implement the Lean culture on a farm.
During such a study tour we get a lot of inspiration from each other. The participants talk about their own experiences and challenges and we have some valuable and fun discussions.
We fly in to Bristol Airport during the afternoon. You need to book your own air ticket. When you know your arrival time, tell us so we can drive down to the hotel together. We’re going to stay at Best Western Plus Swan Hotel, Somerset.
We have dinner together at the hotel at 19:00, after which we have an introductory meeting. Here the participants talk about themselves and we have a brief introduction to Lean. We adapt the introduction to the participants we have with us on the tour. We tend to have participants both with and without experience with Lean.
In the morning we have presentations from participants from different countries. We share experiences and challenges – and great ideas. We get some good discussions about what works and what doesn’t.
In the afternoon, we will get to know some Lean tools better. We visit a dairy farmer and “go Gemba” – we see the farm, we make registrations, make a spaghetti chart and take pictures. We collect data for the value stream mapping we do at the hotel in the evening. We end by telling our host about the waste we have found and the good ideas we can pass on.
We still do not know what work process we are doing the value stream mapping, because it will depend on the farm owner’s biggest challenge at that time.
In the morning we will visit the next farm. We start by looking at the challenges the farm owner has. Then we train the Lean tools that fit this challenge. As we approach October, we have a dialogue with the hosts so that we can give more details on what tools it will be. It is certain that we will train the method of starting from the farmer’s current challenge.
In the afternoon we will finish the workshop and have the final discussion.
We end at 15:00 and drive towards Bristol Airport,
Price and registration
The price for joining 2.5 days is £ 430 (€ 515). This price includes hotel, all meals and transport to the farms as well as host gifts and overcoats. If you want to sleep a single room there is an additional charge of £ 30 (€ 36).
Are you interested?