- Objectives of Farm Mechanisation.
- Machine Capacities, power requirements, rates of work and efficiency.
- Planning and organisation of labour and equipment for optimum output.
- Selection of tractors and machines. Alternative machinery sources.
- Replacement policies. Depreciation.
- Financing machinery acquisitions.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Determine appropriate machinery sizes and match equipment for optimum performance.
- Determine machinery ownership costs and be able to make decisions relating to cost effective acquisition of machinery services.
- Understand the role of machinery planning, selection and management and the impact on the farm business.
- Develop a spread-sheet for calculating outputs and running costs
|Coursework||1 x practical exercise - Development of spread sheet for machinery costs||25%|
|Coursework||1 x synthesis paper - Project on cropping and machinery selection and replacement||75%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Landers, A.J. (2000). Farm Machinery: Selection, Investment and Management. Farming Press.
- Witney, B. (1995). Choosing and Using Farm Machines. (Revised edition). Land Technology.