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Farm Planning and Control - C. S. Barnard

Farm Planning and Control

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Published: 7th April 1980
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Although there are many motives for farming, the achievement of a worthwhile financial return, coupled with a good standard of living, ranks high among them. This implies the need for sound business organisation - the more so as holdings become larger, more specialised and more capital intensive. The present book offers a comprehensive treatment of farm business organisation and control. Although designed primarily as an intermediate text for students in universities and agricultural colleges, it is of interest and value to all those concerned with farm business, including business advisers, land agents, accountants and bank managers. The book's wide coverage is made possible by a mainly non-mathematical presentation coupled with a liberal use of examples drawn from farming practice. The book is divided into four parts: the organisation of resources, the organisation of enterprises, the combination of enterprises and the control of resources and enterprises. The overtaking theme is that, in order to make the most economic use of the resources at his disposal, the farmer has to decide what resources to use, how to organise their use within individual enterprises and how to combine the enterprises into an integrated farming system. Lastly, if these efforts are not to be largely wasted, he must initiate the keeping of suitable records to provide both planning data and a system of checks and controls when his plans are put into practice.

Notice to readersp. vi
Preface to the first editionp. vii
Preface to the second editionp. ix
Selected metric conversion factorsp. x
The organisation of resources
The planning environment and the managerial functionp. 3
Basic principles and concepts of planningp. 19
The organisation of capital -- generalp. 50
The organisation of capital -- machinery, buildings and landp. 80
The organisation of labourp. 126
The organisation of enterprises
An introduction to enterprise organisationp. 157
Livestock yield and fixed costsp. 165
Yield, variable costs and optimal feed conversionp. 181
The selection of feedstuffsp. 203
The influence of season on livestock productionp. 226
The provision of replacementsp. 243
Crops and croppingp. 260
The combination of enterprises
Principles and procedures in planning enterprise combinationp. 281
Budgeting and programme planningp. 314
Linear programmingp. 353
Uncertainty and farm organisation and planningp. 382
Further programming techniquesp. 412
Matrix constructionp. 439
The control of resources and enterprises
Data recordingp. 495
Data analysisp. 524
Methods of controlp. 555
Selected further readingp. 577
Indexp. 582
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ISBN: 9780521296045
ISBN-10: 0521296048
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 7th April 1980
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.14  x 3.84
Weight (kg): 0.94
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised