Module: Farm Enterprise Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

The important points of husbandry and mechanisation and the main management factors affecting profitability are established for the main UK farm enterprises. Topics studied include: cereals, combinable break crops, potatoes, sugar beet, field vegetable production, industrial crops, grasses and forage crops (including for equines); dairying, beef and sheep production, pigs and poultry (including aspects of animal health and welfare); organic farming; farm assurance; farm mechanisation management. The programme will be undertaken through a series of lectures, tutorials and farm visits.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and source information about the techniques and practices associated with the main UK farm enterprises and equine grassland management.
  2. Identify and assess the management factors affecting the success and profitability of these enterprises.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Enterprise critical essay choice 50%
Examination Unseen exam (2 hours) 50%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) publications web-site gives up-to-date information on markets and on enterprise management for the main UK farming systems (apart from poultry) Available here
  • Crowood Press has useful (inexpensive) text-books on most enterprises Available here.
  • Agro Business Consultants (annual) Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book. Agro Business Consultants.
  • 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
  • Finch, H. J. S., Samuel, A. M. and Lane, G.P.F. (2014). Lockhart and Wiseman’s Crop Husbandry including Grassland. 9th ed. Woodhead Publishing Ltd
  • O'Beirne-Ranelagh, E. (2005). Managing Grass for Horses: The Responsible Owner's Guide. J.A. Allen.
  • Redman G (2014) The John Nix Farm Management Pocket Book 2015 Pocketbook publishing (annual)
  • Soffe, R.J. (2005). The Countryside Notebook. Blackwell Publishing (esp. Chapters 10-13, 16).