Dairygold launches ‘Lean Farm’ programme
Dairygold this week launched Ireland’s first ‘Dairy Lean Farm’ programme.
Lean is a well-established management technique used in business to systematically deliver improvements in performance on an on-going basis.
Dairygold has successfully applied this technique inside its business over the past five years.
Its Advance 2020 lean programme which was supported by Enterprise Ireland has delivered improvements across a diverse range of the Society’s operations from Logistics, Manufacturing and Sales to Support Services and Administration.
This launch of a farm level programme is seen as a natural progression as farms are a key component of the dairy supply chain.
According to Tim Healy, Head of Dairy Operations; “There were two main drivers behind the decision to launch our lean farm programme. Firstly we are now nearly two years into post quota operation and one of the main challenges we are seeing at farm level is labour.
“Farmers are working harder for longer hours, and we believe that lean can be applied to help address this.
“Secondly, our farmers have seen how successful the programme has been inside the factories and were keen to apply lean tools and techniques in their own farming businesses”.