Full Title:Large Scale Farm Management
Module Code:AGRI S8009
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The graduate will have the ability to apply the scientific, technical and business knowledge needed for the successful management of modern large commercial farms or farm enterprises.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Appreciate the impacts of large-scale production on environmental and social sustainability.
  2. Evaluate and apply the knowledge of both business and land based production systems to local and international agri- business enterprises.
  3. Identify and integrate scientific, technological and business knowledge to meet current and emerging opportunities in agricultural production.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the various factors involved in the development and expansion of large-scale commercial farm production.
  5. Apply the knowledge relevant to the management of a large farm or agri-business in a sustainable and competitive way into the future.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The international agri-business environment
History and development of agriculture from subsistance farming to large scale production(such as New Zealand, US, Saudi and European models). Key drivers of change in world markets and agricultural production. Marketing and financial management of farm enterprises post 2013. Ethical and sustainability issues associated with large scale farming.
Farm ownership and structure
Relationship between scale, ownership and structure. Effects of economies of scale in farm enterprises. Analysis of national and international models of farm ownership and structure. Social, ethical and environmental consequences of large scale production.
Financial planning and legal considerations of commercial production
Planning the financial and organisational structures of a farm or agribusiness. Developing a long range strategic farm business plan; Managing risks, return on investment, cash flow and profit in light of volatile market returns. Land rental and equipment hire versus ownership. Legal consideration in running a commercial farm business.
Business excellence in commercial farming
Application of World Class concepts of lean production including key performance indicators (KPI): waste reduction, optimum throughput, quality assurance in relation to good farming practice and safe food production.
Management of intensive farm enterprises
Benchmarking of dairy and livestock enterprises in relation to continuous genetic improvement, comparative stocking rate, milk solids/carcass yield per hectare. Advanced pasture management and practice for meat and milk production. Management of intensive beef feedlot and milk production systems. Intensive sheep production. Large-scale crop production including cereals and forage crops. Management, breeding, feeding, housing, health and profitability of intensive farmyard enterprises such as pigs, poultry and eggs and goat farming. Sustainable large-scale forest management and production.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures, tutorials and commercial farm visits. Guest speakers on a range of course related topics.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Evaluate a modern model of farm ownership and development (e.g. Kilkenny Greenfield Project). Present findings. 1,2,5 40.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4,5 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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 Relating to course content 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Directed Reading Relating to course content 3.50 Every Week 3.50
Independent Study Relating to course content 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Turner,J; Taylor,M 2010, Applied Farm Management, 3rd Ed., Blackwell Science
  • Kay, R; Edwards, W.M; Duffy, P. 2007, Farm Management, 6th Ed., McGraw and Hill
  • Scottish Agricultural College 2009, Farm Management Handbook, 30th Ed., Scottish Agricultural College
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 8 Mandatory
DK_SSUAG _8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Agriculture 2 Mandatory