Livestock Production Management (Level 5)

Livestock Production Management (Level 5)2023-07-04T14:52:19+12:00

This programme is designed to provide graduates with the specific technical skills and knowledge required to manage primary industry livestock production systems and maximise productivity. Learners will gain skills which include identifying high industry performance, setting production targets, developing, implementing and monitoring feeding, breeding and animal health plans while using appropriate technologies.  Learners will gain the skills and knowledge to ensure production plans are environmentally sustainable, cohesive and align with the present farm plan for the business they are part of.

Course CodeCourse Name
NZAPM5.001Benchmarking Analysis
NZAPM5.002Performance Strategies
NZAPM5.003Developing Production Plans
NZAPM5.004Implementing Production Plans
NZAPM5.005Monitoring Production Plans

Outcome Statement

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Identify high performance in a primary industry production system; benchmark, analyse and recommend strategies to improve agribusiness performance.
  • Develop, implement and monitor environmentally sustainable and cohesive feeding, breeding and animal health plans which utilise appropriate technologies, and align with a farm business plan to achieve production targets.

Education Pathways

This qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with strands in Arable Farming, Dairy Farming, Breeding Livestock Farming and Non- Breeding Livestock Farming (Ref:2212)

This Qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management (L5) (Ref:2221).

Employment Pathways

Graduates of this programme may be employed in livestock production management positions in either dairy or sheep and beef production systems.


This programme runs for 40 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 4 and / or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry and are in full time employment.

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 IELTS (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 five 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.

Livestock Production Management (Level 5) FAQs

What is this course about?2023-07-04T10:27:15+12:00
  • This course is a 70 credit NZQA course, which aims to teach those in junior management positions about setting and achieving production goals. 
  • You will gain your NCEA certificate in Agriculture Level 5. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge to manage agriculture production systems and maximise productivity – these skills are necessary to go into senior management positions. 
  • This course has five modules focusing on planning, benchmarking, and performance strategies within an agricultural context. 
Who can do this course?2023-07-04T10:28:16+12:00
  • You will need a National Certificate in Agriculture level 4 and/or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry. 
  • You must have a minimum of five years prior experience within the farming industry. 
  • You must be in full-time employed in the industry. 
  • You must be a NZ or Australian citizen or have NZ residency. You cannot do this course if you are here on a work visa. 
  • Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ if you have any other questions about enrolments and eligibility. 
How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T10:32:58+12:00

At the end of the course, you will have completed the National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 5) which is an NCEA recognized qualification. This will show your employer that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to go into a senior management position. 

How long does this course run for?2023-07-04T10:30:12+12:00

This course runs for 1 year, part time and covers all four-farming seasons. 

How is this course structured?2023-07-04T10:31:17+12:00
  • This course is made up of practical assessments and paper-based theory assessments. Over the duration of the course there are 12-13 class days, with a tutor for any required in-person learning.  
  • There is a minimum of 23 practical hours a week to complete, that are related to course requirements. All practical hours will be completed on the farm that you’re employed at. 
How much does this course cost?2023-07-04T10:32:07+12:00
  • This course has fees of $1,771 – this course is eligible for Studylink to cover the fees  
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course 
What qualifications do I need to apply?2023-07-04T10:29:12+12:00

Students will need a New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4), in any chosen strand. 

I don’t work on a farm; can I still apply?2023-07-04T10:34:30+12:00

This course does require you to be employed full-time on a farm.  

Can I study remotely?2023-07-04T10:35:14+12:00

As you are only required to attend class 12-13 times over the 50 weeks of course, we are happy to work with you to facilitate supported distance learning. The closer you are to one of our locations, the easier it is to offer this. You can fill in an enquiry form or give us a call on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to discuss your options. 

Where is this course run?2023-07-04T10:35:58+12:00

Agriculture Level 5 is currently available in Whangarei, Manawatu, and Rangitikei, with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to find the closest course to you, or to register your interest. 

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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.

Meredith Everett

Contact Info

191 St Hill Street Whanganui, 4500

Phone: 0508 TRAIN ME

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