Bala, Gwynedd

Focus Site Project(s): Lean Management in the Dairy Business and Welsh Pasture Project


Lean Management in the Dairy Business

Project aims: 

  • Lean Management is a management model that has been devised to support and assist with continuous improvement in the business. It was first used in large co-operative business and factories and its main purpose is to eliminate and prevent the creation of waste, resulting in better sustainability and improved profitability.
  • The project will adapt Lean Management to work within a dairy farming business to increase outputs through reducing inputs.
  • The project aims to highlight the benefits of Lean Management, such as increasing on-farm efficiencies and improving net margins; achieving higher levels of operational performance; understanding links within different on-farm processes and their relative impacts; and anticipating events and managing shocks to the system.
  • It will also aid the development of business management and professionalism for the farm team and help farmers identify and manage business goals and targets.

Welsh Pasture Project

Project aims:

We have selected cross-sector farms located across Wales which will measure and monitor their weekly grass growth rates for Farming Connect’s new Welsh Pasture Project.

Each farm will use a plate meter to collect measurements and will also take monthly samples for quality analysis.

The farms will all measure the growth and quantity of available Dry Matter. They have all been asked to identify and compare different ways of managing grass – but the goal remains the same, to find the system which can best match the supply and demand of livestock needs. Each farm will also address the utilisation of quality feed.

This project will enable you to keep up to date with the progress from each location by clicking on our Welsh Pasture Project map and data.

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