This programme is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge required to take responsibility for the day to day operational management of a dairy or livestock breeding/non-breeding farm. All learners will gain skills in coordinating daily farm activities, communication, use of technology, taking responsibility for vehicle and machinery maintenance, benchmarking and reporting farm physical performance and implementing and monitoring health, breeding, feeding and environmental plans.
This programme is targeted at people who are experienced workers in the farm sector and are looking to move into, or are at, a management level position. The programme has strands in either dairy farming, breeding livestock farming or non-breeding livestock farming and students can choose the strand option they wish to study upon enrolment.
Compulsory across all Strands
||Technology on Farm
||Farm and Livestock Reporting
||Environment and Farm
Dairy Farming Strand
Breeding Livestock Farming Strand
Non-Breeding Livestock Farming Strand
||Dry Stock Health
||Dry Stock Nutrition
||Dry Stock Production
Outcome Statement and Pathways
Graduates of the qualification will be able:
- Coordinate agribusiness activities using appropriate technology and a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Benchmark a farms physical performance against data from industry high performers to ID strategies for improving farm physical and financial performance
- Produce routine management reports to inform decision making for a farm production system
- Take responsibility for routine maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery and equipment
- Implement and monitor a farm environmental plan
Graduates of the Dairy Farming strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor milk harvesting and milk quality plans
- Implement and monitor a dairy livestock health plan
- Implement and monitor a dairy livestock breeding plan
- Implement and monitor a dairy livestock feeding plan
Graduates of the Livestock Farming strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor a breeding livestock health plan
- Implement and monitor a livestock breeding plan
- Implement and monitor a breeding livestock feeding plan
- Implement and monitor a breeding livestock production plan
Graduates of the Non-Breeding strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor a non-breeding livestock health plan
- Implement a non-breeding livestock feeding plan
- Implement and monitor a non-breeding livestock production plan
On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Production Management (Level 5) and Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5).
Graduates of this qualification may be employed in roles within the pastoral sectors where they take responsibility for the day to day operational management of a pastoral farming production system.
Duration of Study
44 weeks part time
Applicants must be in full-time employment on a farm
Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:
- National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3).
- A minimum of three years prior experience within the farming industry.
English Second Language Students
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, require an ELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment.
Life Skills/Work Experience
Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme/course of study if they are able to demonstrate:
- Equivalent farming knowledge and skills (minimum three years in the
- industry); and/or
- Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
- Other formal or information study such as to suggest likelihood of successful course completion e.g. career changer.
All applicants will be required to meet with the tutor or field officer of the programme they are applying for prior to starting – this will be an informal conversation which will include covering the programme expectations and getting a better understanding of suitability for the programme. Where there are more applicants than places available or the programme is not the best fit, a waiting list will be kept or our team will work with you to provide a suitable alternative. On completion of this conversation the tutor will assist with filling in the full application form to move into the next part of the enrolment process.