Zeitschrift für Operations Research

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp B173–B182 | Cite as

A Planning and control system for the small firm: A development of operations research application in agriculture

  • M. J. Blackie
  • J. B. Dent


This article reviews the use of operations research techniques in agriculture and suggests the methods available have not been fully exploited due to both the strong influences of biological factors on the farm business and the variety of tasks that the manager has to perform. There would appear to be a requirement for a simple system of business control which provides a rapid analysis of farm data without involving the manager in excessive time-consuming recording. A pig enterprise simulation model has been developed which can be combined with data from pig herds to provide a forecast of individual herd performance. This model could be used as the basis of a national or regional budgetary control scheme to provide farm managers with regular and current budgetary control information at relatively low cost.


Operation Research Small Firm Rapid Analysis Farm Manager Farm Business 
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Der Artikel gibt einen Überblick über OR-Techniken in der Landwirtschaft. Es wird angedeutet, daß die vorhandenen Methoden nicht voll genutzt werden, wegen des großen Einflusses biologischer Faktoren und der Aufgabenvielfalt, die der anwendende Landwirt zu erfüllen hat. Nützlich wäre ein einfaches System der Geschäftsführung, das eine schnelle Analyse landwirtschaftlicher Daten erlaubt, ohne den Manager durch aufwendige Aufzeichnungen zu beanspruchen. Es ist das Simulationsmodell eines Schweinezuchtbetriebes entwickelt worden, das in Verbindung mit den Zuchtdaten benutzt werden kann, um individuelle Vorhersagen zu liefern. Das Modell könnte als Basis einer nationalen oder regionalen Bestandssteuerung eingesetzt werden, um den Farmer bei relativ geringen Kosten mit regelmäßigen und zeitnahen Steuerungsinformationen zu versorgen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Blackie
    • 1
  • J. B. Dent
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agriculture and HorticultureUniversity of NottinghamSutton BoningtonUK

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