Philip Cain is a farm economist teaching honours year courses in farm business planning and control.
His main research interest is computer modelling to assess the effects on farm viability of changes in farming systems including the introduction of new technology and new regulations such as animal welfare protocols.
He is also the Farms Director of the University farms which comprise 800ha on two sites in Northumberland, with 400 dairy cows, 200 beef cattle, 200 breeding sows, 400ha of combinable crops and 160 ha of organically farmed land producing organic milk, potatoes and vegetables.
Systems Modelling - Computer Modelling of farming systems to assess the effects of changes in the technical and economic environment of Agriculture including:-
Low-input farming systems
Precision farming techniques
Livestock systems in developing countries
Impact of genetic improvement
Decision Support Systems (DSS) - Computer based DSS tools for commercial application in the analysis of farm business performance.
Eastern European Agriculture - Analysis of the process of transition in Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary, Bulgaria and Estonia.
Computer Aided Learning (CAL) - Development of CAL software for use in teaching and training in farm business management. Development of Web-based teaching materials with case studies in European Agriculture.
ACE3024 Farm business planning and control
ACE3036 Farm management
ACE2020 Introduction to Farm Management
ACE1014 Agriculture and Farm Mechanisation
ACE1016 British Agriculture