Online Study Course,
....to improve farm efficiency and productivity
To manage a farm well requires careful planning. In most instances, you should plan for years, if not decades in advance. You should plan both the physical development of the farm property, as well as the development of the farm business.
Some of the things which may need to be planned for include:
Upgrading facilities (e.g. Introducing new technology, new procedures, replacing or improving worn out or damaged facilities)
Expansion of operations
Changing direction (e.g. moving from one type of livestock to another, or diversification)
Major maintenance (of property, buildings or equipment)
Contingencies in case of anything going wrong (e.g. economic downturn, drought, illness).
Some farmers are very good at growing produce (animals or crops); but there is more to farming than just producing a good crop or maintaining healthy livestock.
Every farmer needs management skills. It doesn't matter whether they are acquired in a course or on the job; but without them a farm will struggle.
There are 8 lessons as follows:
1. Strategic Planning
Planning procedures - the policy formulation approach, strategic management approach, initial strategy approach; Farm business structures; Management plans; Financial terminolgy and the money market; Finding finance; Rural finance sources; Financial terminology and record keeping; Contract law; Elements of a simple contract; Offers; Acceptance; Consideration; Strategic plans; Trusts
2. Business Plans
Farm Planning; Quality management systems; Whole farm planning; Preparing a business plan; Integrated production plans
3. Business Assessment
Business goals; factors involved in business assessment;Considering factors affecting your business; Drawing conslusions
4. Viability Analysis
Assessing profit; Risk analysis and managing risk; Standards; Cost efficiency; Cost of production; Quality and quantity standards; Financial records; The bookkeeping process; End of period accounting;Cash flow; Example budget; Sensitivty analysis
5. Management Strategies
Organising the workplace; Scheduling; Production systems; Sytem variables; Animal production systems;Lot feeding; Cropping systems;Polyculture; Office systems; Computers;Business diversification; Value adding
6. Human Resources
Supervision; Oganisational structures; Leadership; Workplace changes; Interviewing, recruitment and staff induction; Giving instructions; Manageing human resources; Wrok scheduling; Occupational Health and safety; Duty of care;
Protective equipment; Dealing with chemicals; Handling tools and equipment; Safety auditing
7. Physical Resources
Managing equipment, machinery and buildings; Managing physical resources;Engineering efficiency; Animal structures
8. Natural Resources
Regulations and legislation; Land Care programs; Rehabilitation; Trees; Erosion control; Soil degradation; Salinity; Soil acidification: Compaction; Chemical Residues; Water management; Water quality; Irrigation and watering systems
Duration: 100 hours
- Develop strategic planning methods for an agricultural business.
- Prepare a Farm Business Plan.
- Develop methods for assessing the operations of a Farm Business.
- Analyse the viability of different production enterprises:
- assessing profits
- risk analysis
- cost efficiency
- quality standards
- financial records
- Develop strategies for managing different farm production enterprises, covering workplace organisation and crop scheduling.
- Plan the management of human resources in a farm business covering:
- types of leadership/managers
- orders & instruction
- motivating employees
- Develop methods for managing the physical resources of a farm business including managing equipment, machinery and buildings.
- Develop methods for managing the natural resources of a farm business, covering topics:
- regulations & legislation
- landcare programs
- erosion control
- soil degradation
- soil acidification
- chemical residues