Programme halves the daily legwork
FARMERS on the Leanfarm programme have reduced the hours they walk per day by 50pc, according to a farm advisor working on the project.
Brendan Dunne told the Farming Independent that he challenged farmers on the pilot programme to examine how many kilometres they walked a day. They found that they walked up to 18km a day.
He added that by making small improvements such as having tools like brushes located “at the point of use” farmers were able to reduce hours walked by 50pc.
“They used Fit Bits and apps on their phone to meas- ure their walking and then looked at how they could cut down on that walking,” he said.
“Things like moving hot water to the point of use and pumping milk to the calf shed helped reduce walking.
“Some managed to cut it down by 50pc or 40pc a day. It was all down to simple things. On the farm they have everything where they need it.
“If you look at the lifespan of a farmer, if they’re walking 18km a day that adds up to bad hips and knees. If you can cut that by 50pc that will make a huge difference in the long run.”