Full Title:Agricultural Production & Management Systems
Module Code:PROD S7001
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The learner will have the oppertunityto evaluate the various efficiency factors relating to the profitability of different farm enterprises. the e profit monitor is used to evaluate the sustainability of farm enterprises and provide a basis for strategic planning at farm level
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Appraise the components of economically competitive and sustainable systems of production.
  2. Compare and contrast efficiency factors for a range of enterprises.
  3. Discuss the contribution of management information systems to improve economic performance.
  4. Analyse farm management practices and requirements for future farm development.
  5. Appraise the contribution that a farm plan can make to effective farm management and planning for future farm change.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Evaluate management and production systems for milk, beef, lamb, pigs or poultry. Consider options within production systems.
Efficiency factors
Physical efficiency targets, interpret KPIs for main farm enterprises. Management data for farm planning.
Financial Performance
Evaluation of costs per production unit (CCP); EU Payments; Profitability of a range of farming systems.
Analyse and Evaluation of On-Farm Management
Visit farm to collect and analyse production data, breeding charts, factory returns and farm accounts. Evaluate (physical) resources, grass budgets, silage requirements. Compare performance on selected farm with monitor farm using the discussion group format.
Planning for the future
Strategic review of current farming with reference to: investment of single farm payment, development considerations and loan implications. Appraise current situation, analyse profit monitor. Develop physical and financial options, complete 6 yr development plan and sensitivity analysis (include 3 to 4 options).
Practical use of eProfit Monitor
Prepare and Interpret Teagasc eProfit Monitor for the farm. Analyses of on-farm management data and planning for the future.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Draw up and evaluate a 3-year Options Programme for a farm. 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
Project Profit Monitor Assignment 1 20.00 0 0 Week 4 0
Class Test Class test on profitability of a range of farming systems 2,3,4 10.00 0 0 Week 7 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • McDonald, P., Edwards, R.A., Greenhalgh, J.F.D and Morgan, C.A. 2006, Animal Nutrition (6th Ed),, Prentice Hall
  • Field, T.G. and Taylor, R.E., 2002, Beef Production and Management Decisions (4th Ed)
  • O' Sullivan, M. 2012, The Farmer's Handbook, Agricultural Consultants’ Association.
  • 2013, Outlook 2013, Economic Prospects for Agriculture, Teagasc [ISBN: 1841705950]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Chamberlain, A.T. and Wilkinson, J.M., 2002, Feeding the Dairy Cow
  • Chalcombe publications, Turner, J. and Taylor, M., 1998
  • Applied Farm Management (2nd Ed), Blackwell Science, Thomas, H.S.
  • 1998, Raising Beef Cattle, Storey Publishing
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • n/a: Management Data for Farm Planning, (Yearly edition) Teagasc
  • n/a: National Standards Authority of Ireland, IS343: 200
  • n/a: 2013Schemes and Services Department Of Agriculture, Improve Grassland Management
  • n/a: www.teagasc.ie
  • n/a: www.agriculture.gov.ie
  • Link: Library Catalogue

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 6 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_7 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 2 Mandatory