Module: Farm Machinery Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Tom Overbury
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

Planning and organisation of labour and equipment for optimum output. Analysis of machine capacities, power requirements and rates of work. Evaluation of running costs, depreciation and machinery replacement policies. Analysis and prediction of operating costs and work rates. Selection of tractors and machines. Financing machinery acquisitions. Agricultural Machinery Dealerships. Use of modern technology for the effective management of machine operations.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of various aspects of farm mechanisation.
  2. Plan cost effective strategies and select appropriate machinery and labour for selected tasks.
  3. Analyse and predict operating costs for a variety of operations.
  4. Advise clients on agricultural machinery replacement.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Individual assignment 70%
Examination Unseen exam (3 hours) 30%

Key texts

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.

Supporting texts

  • Nix, J. Farm Management Pocketbook. Annual edition. Imperial College at Wye.
  • Turner, J. and Taylor, M. (1998). Applied Farm Management. (2nd edition). BSP.
  • HSE. (1994). Essentials of Health and Safety at Work. (3rd edition). Health and Safety Executive.