Project Description

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.

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Compulsory across Dairy and Sheep Options

Course Code Course Name
NZAFS3.001 Safety in the Workplace
NZAFS3.002 Soil Management
NZAFS3.003 Pastures and Livestock Feeding Management
NZAFS3.004 Feeding Livestock
NZAFS3.005 Utilise Technology
NZAFS3.006 Pastoral Farming Sustainable Practices
NZAFS3.007 Livestock Health

Dairy Strand

Course Code Course Name
Dairy Strand Compulsory
NZAFS3.009 Milk Cows
Dairy Strand Elective (choose one)
NZAFS3.011 Water Livestock
NZAFS3.012 Identify Cows on Heat

Sheep Strand

Course Code Course Name
Sheep Strand Compulsory
NZAFS3.019 Handle and Move Livestock
Sheep Strand Elective (choose two)
NZAFS3.016 Farm Dogs
NZAFS3.021 Drafting, Moving and Handling Distressed Livestock
NZAFS3.022 Docking Lambs
NZAFS3.023 Killing Dog Food

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

Education Pathways:

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.

Employment Pathways:

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

28 weeks

Entry Criteria

Academic Achievement

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)

Selection Criteria

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.

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I got my level 3 Dairy Farming through Land Based Training. It was so cool. I met nice people and the tutor is awesome. I class them all as the naki whanau

Pip Davis

Yeah the best course around to be honest. Learnt so much!

Brandon Te Kahu

I’m a level 2 Horticulture student and the tutors are so awesome and supportive. The other students are cool, we are a fun bunch. I have learnt so much in a short amount of time.

Kelly Wheatley

Awesome course, learning heaps & loving it! Free knowledge, a priceless gift I will always be grateful for.

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