Agriculture for Land Management
- Module code
- Module leader
- Steve Finch
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 36 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 2
Familiarisation with livestock, deadstock and growing crops and grasses found on upland and lowland farms in the UK. Enterprise outputs, husbandry requirements and fundamental variable costs for the main UK farm enterprises. Variation in gross margins due to land quality, production system, yields, prices and managerial abilities. Enterprises to be studied include cereals, combinable break crops, grasses, forage crops and conserved forage, industrial crops; dairying, beef and sheep production. Farm machinery requirements.
The programme will be undertaken through a series of lectures, tutorials and farm visits.
With reference to the main UK farm enterprises, on successful completion of the module students will be able to:
- Identify livestock, deadstock and growing crops.
- Explain basic husbandry requirements.
- Analyse gross margins and demonstrate an understanding of the reasons for their variation.
|Assignment||Group crops project||30%|
|Assignment||Group livestock report (2000 words)||30%|
|Examination||Unseen exam (2 hours)||40%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Agro Business Consultants (annual). Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book. Agro Business Consultants.
- Bell, B. (2005). Farm Machinery. (5th edition). Old Pond Publishing.
- Finch, H.J.S., Samuel, A.M. and Lane, G.P.F. (2002). Lockhart and Wiseman’s Crop Husbandry including Grassland. (8th edition). Woodhead Publishing Ltd.
- Francis, S A. (2005). British Field Crops: A Pocket Guide to the Identification, History and Uses of Traditional and Novel Arable Crops in Great Britain. Published by author.
- Mcconnell, P. and Soffe, R.J. (2003). The Agricultural Notebook. (20th edition). Blackwell Science.
- National Sheep Association (1998). British Sheep. (9th edition). National Sheep Association.
- Nix, J. (annual). Farm Management Pocketbook. Imperial College at Wye.
- Outsider’s guides series.
- Porter, V. (2001). British Cattle. Shire Publications Ltd.
- Porter, V. (2008). The Field Guide to Cattle. Voyageur Press.
- Prag, P.A.B. (2001). Understanding the British Countryside. Estates Gazette.
- SAC (annual). Farm Management Handbook. SAC.
- Soffe, R.J. (ed.) (2005). The Countryside Notebook. Blackwell Publishing.