The Lean Dairy Farm.
Transform your Farm with lean thinking.
“For those farmers who value their team, respect their cows and are focused on leading a sustainable farming business, adopting a Lean way of thinking will be a breakthrough. Reading The Lean Dairy Farm may be your best investment ever.”
Juliet Maclean, farmer and co-founder, OnSide and Synlait
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“One of the most valuable books I’ve read. As a farmer, Lean has helped me to combat my two biggest challenges: Time and Cost.”
Andrew Meuli, Farmer, NZ
“Succeeding in business is about managing risk, controlling all the factors that are controllable and constantly improving your competitive advantage. At Open Country Dairy we live by this mantra and Lean Management is integral to everything we do. I cannot commend this book enough to all farmers and business people that strive to improve and grow successful enterprises. An outstanding contribution to NZ farming.”
Laurie Margrain, Chairman, Open Country Dairy Ltd
“Within GDF we aim to inspire leading farmers. From personal experience, I am convinced that the Lean approach is very helpful to improve management. So if you want to improve as a dairy farmer, read this book of practical tools and experiences.”
Ad van Velde, President Global Dairy Farmers, CEO DairyNext, Owner Hunsingo Dairy
"I just finished your book this morning. It is by far the best information on Lean that I've ever read. Thank you for putting this information out there for farmers to use."
Michael Gutschenritter, Egg Farmer, Midwest USA
"I just want to say thank you for writing such a terrific Lean farming book! I am a young dairy farmer in Australia and covered lean at university and have since been looking at Lean podcasts, YouTube clips and books by Liker, Akers, etc. Your book though, has really tied a lot of those concepts together and made implementing lean on our farm much more enjoyable."
James McRae, Dairy Farmer, Australia
Make your farm better, smarter, and more productive
The Lean method is revolutionising farming globally with its proven solution for reducing waste, improving productivity and sustaining profits. In The Lean Dairy Farm, dairy farmer and Lean consultant Jana Hocken explains why this approach is essential to every dairy farm. Using her own family’s farm as a case study, she introduces practical tools that every farmer can apply and shows you how to create a farm culture that supports Lean thinking.
Even if Lean is entirely new to you, this book offers a simple blueprint for applying its principles and practices to improve your farm. You’ll learn how to:
- quickly make use of simple Lean concepts on your farm
- identify and eliminate waste in farm processes
- organise your farm effectively to improve productivity
- standardise your processes to do everything right the first time
- develop an engaged, high performing team.
If you want a more efficient, profitable and more robust dairy farm, The Lean Dairy Farm is for you.
About the Author
Jana is a Lean consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working for Toyota and in Lean consulting. She is the founder of consulting company Improve8. Jana has helped dozens of companies around the world use Lean thinking to help them improve their businesses. Since 2013 she has also been involved in supporting her husband’s 1000-head dairy farm in New Zealand, introducing Lean thinking to the business. She developed and rolled out the successful LeanFarm training program across New Zealand in 2017. Since then, Jana has founded The LeanFarm Project to help create awareness of lean in farming and her successful LeanFarm training workshops have been delivered to over 1000 dairy, sheep, beef, goat, deer, arable, horticulture farmers across NZ, Australia and Europe. Jana has also engaged with thousands of farmers around the world, speaking at numerous agricultural events. In 2019 she published her book ‘The Lean Dairy Farm’ – a highly practical and relevant step by step guide that every farmer globally can use to apply lean principles on farm.
Mat returned to his 1,000 head family dairy farm in New Zealand in 2013, after spending more than 10 years living and working overseas in international policy. He is a 4th generation farmer and has overseen the continued expansion of the farm. In 2017 he was a Nuffield scholar and travelled to 14 countries researching innovation in agriculture and food. Mat has embraced Lean thinking on the farm and has seen the benefits Lean can bring to the team and business first-hand.