Machinery types and selection: tractors and power units, cultivation equipment, crop establishment and agronomic machinery, forage conservation machinery, crop harvesting, drying, grading and storage, dairy and livestock facilities and equipment. Farm Health and Safety legislation. Introduction to robotic and automated technology in agriculture.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic machinery, equipment and building options available for modern farming systems and appreciate their suitability for specified farming situations.
- 2. Recognise the importance of farm safety and appreciate individual and managerial responsibilities under health and safety legislation
- 3. Explain how the use of technology can be used to enhance farm machinery operations
|Coursework||Individual Technical Report (Outcome 3) (Recommended 2000 words maximum)||40%|
|Examination||4 x 15 minute in-class tests (Outcomes 1 & 2)||60%|
- Bell, B. (1996). Farm Machinery. (4th edition). Farming Press.
- Culpin, C. (1992). Farm Machinery. (12th edition). BSP, Oxford.
- Davies, D.B, Eagle, D.J and Finney, J.B. (2001). Resource Management: Soil. Farming Press
- Bell, B. and Cousins, S. (1997). Machinery for Horticulture. Farming Press.
- Barker, A.V. (2010). Science and Technology of Organic Farming. CRC Press.
- WinklerPrins, A.M.G. (2017). Global Urban Agriculture. CABI
- Farmers Weekly: Farm Machinery Section
- Profi International: Monthly publication, summary available on-line
- Landwards: Journal of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers