Module Identifier RS23210  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Penri James  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RS10610  
Assessment Assignment   Incomes and marketing   30%  
  Assignment   Farm management   70%  

Aims of the module

This module is aimed at students with a limited knowledge of farm management. It aims to provide an understanding of the internal and external factors that influence a farm business, study the management options available to the farmer, develop farm business planning skills, and to study the role of farm management in influencing the rural environment.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Identify and evaluate the factors that contribute to farm profitability

2. Apply farm management techniques

3. Identify and evaluate the effect of agricultural management on the rural environment

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The module examines:- the factors that influence farm profitability within arable, dairy beef and sheep systems; farm incomes; agricultural policy and its effect on system choice and profitability; introduction to gross margins and fixed costs; the techniques available for whole farm planning; farm system financial and physical interaction. The factors that influence profit and the techniques available to manage change and plan farms will be studied in detail.

Reading Lists

Turner, J and Taylor M. (1998) Applied Farm Management. 2nd. Blackwell
Warren, M F. (1998) Financial management for farmers. 4th. Blackwell Science
Barnard, C and Nix J S. (1979) Farm planning and control. 2nd. CUP
Noble, D (ed). (1993) Spreadsheets for agriculture. Longman
Rae, A. (1994) Agriculture management economics. CABI
Soffe R J. The agricultural notebook. 19th. Blackwell Science
Andrews, J and Rebane, M. (1994) Farming and wildlife. RSPB

Agra Europe.
Farm Management.