Pro­gramme halves the daily leg­work

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

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.”

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