Organised fencing posts and reels on the farm of Liam Herlihy, Granagh, Co Limerick. Low cost and cheap to set up. Instead of wasting time looking for equipment, it’s clear to everyone where it should be.
Minister Creed gets shown around the dairy by Liam and Geraldine Herlihy at the Dairygold leanfarm launch event.
Locked medicine store room and locked storage units mean everyone knows where medicines are kept and they are safe.
Locked spray storage cabinet and associated shelves and drawers organise sprays and they are safe.
Spray mask in drawer beside where sprays are stored safely.
When power goes the light switch is pressed and it is linked to light on the wall so when the power comes back it is easy to see that the power is back.
Visual display management (white board with black magnetic tape) showing the herd health plan.
Space is at a premium in many dairies so in this dairy the hose is popped in through a hatch to minimise distruption and hatch door is safely closed after.
The inside of the hatch where the hose from the lorry comes through.
A map of the farm showing paddock numbers, weekly chores and key warnings. Again, a simple organisation tool that saves time and helps communication.
The scraper often slips off the rail just inside the wall where the cows are. Hence a small steel crowbar hangs on the outside wall, available when needed.
Workshop with storage space and organisation so finding something is easy.
Weanling shed tools hanging in shed on clearly marked with red tape identifying where they should be hanging.
Shed tools with yellow tape belonging to the dairy, crush and collection yard.
Display board showing animal health plan and key tools hanging beside crush where they are used.
Reducing waste: A large hose for washing yard but a smaller more direct hose for cleaning boots reduces waste water which saves time spreading waste water.
Written washing instructions so anybody knows what needs to happen.
A vent in shed in front yard - it’s tidy, safe and well finished.
Tools hanging in orderly fashion on Dairygold leanfarm again mean less time looking for tools.
Standard operating procedure (SOP) for milking process up on wall in dairy so if Liam or Geraldine are not present its easier for someone to come in and do the job.
Spare parts arranged in orderly fashion again means finding parts is easier and more efficient.
Camera monitors on top of the wall showing the milker what’s on the road. Prior to installation, Liam had to follow each batch of cows out across the road once finished milking.
Dairygold leanfarm signage at launch event in Limerick