This programme is designed to provide the pastoral farming sector with graduates that have the knowledge and skills to assist, under limited supervision, with the management of all aspects of livestock production in either a dairy, sheep farming pastoral context.
Compulsory across Dairy and Dry Stock Options
|Human Risk Factors on Farm
|Understand Animal Handling and Welfare
|Understand Livestock Breeding
|Farming and Environment
|Understand Animal Health
|Dairy Strand Compulsory
|Dairy Strand Elective (choose one)
|Birthing Dairy Livestock
|Rear Young Dairy Livestock
Dry Stock Strand
|Dry Stock Elective A (choose one)
|Wool Shed Skills
|Dry Stock Elective B (choose one)
|Dry Stock Mating
Outcomes and Pathways
Graduates of this programme will be able to:
- Apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems.
- Assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context.
- Use appropriate technology within pastoral farming systems.
- Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment.
- Apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems
On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with options in Arable Farming, Dairy Farming, and Livestock Farming.
Graduates of this programme may be employed in a range of roles in pastoral farming enterprises requiring limited supervision, for example milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand
Duration of Study
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 2 and / or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry.
- Any qualification specified by the ITO or equivalent standards setting body
- A minimum of three years of secondary education; and/or
- 48 or more credits at NCEA Level 1, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of four subjects; and/or
- Step 3 Reading and Step 4 Numeracy on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)
Non-English first 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 two years in the industry)
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.