Central North Island Dairy Academy

Level 5 Cost $5783.44

Length 37 weeks
Full Time

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Course Starting February 2019

The Central North Island Dairy Academy has been established by the joint venture between Theland (Shanghai Pengxin) to contribute to the development of future dairy farm leaders in New Zealand.

The programme is delivered by Taratahi, and designed to provide mid-level leadership development for ambitious people who already have some level of technical skill or knowledge in the dairy sector.

It offers an intensive 37 week residential programme combining theory, practical training and on farm experience based around the Massey University Diploma in Agriculture (Level 5).  

Intake is limited to only 15 students per year.  Students are selected through an application process.  The Dairy Academy will operate on the Ariki Dairy Unit (owned by Theland) in the Wairakei District near Taupo.  Students will live in housing on nearby Theland farms and combine classroom study with practical application of learning on the Ariki dairy farm.  Students will be encouraged to gain casual employment with Theland on its nearby dairy farms, primarily in study breaks.  

Selected students may also gain employment as Herd Manager/ Dairy Production Managers on Theland dairy farms after completion of the programme. $10,000 worth of scholarships is also awarded by Theland each year. 

The Dairy Academy programme has been designed in consultation with industry stakeholders to ensure that graduates not only achieve the required outcomes of the Massey University Diploma in Agriculture programme but also develop the leadership and analytical skills that are over and beyond the graduate skill base.

Additional time, over and above the prescribed 37 weeks may be required for learners who do not meet all competencies outlined in the graduate prior experience skill base.

In addition to the Massey University Diploma in Agriculture units, the programme also includes other relevant quality programmes:

  • Rural Leadership
  • Dairy Effluent
  • Artificial Insemination
  • GrowSafe
  • Milk Quality

A requirement of the programme will also be to develop a Farm Report for Ariki.

Entry requirements

Interested applicants should be 17-25 years old and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successfully completed an NZQA Level 4 National Certificate in Agriculture.
  • Hold university entrance (NCEA Level 3 in approved subjects and credits including numeracy and literacy)
  • Are 20 years or older with a minimum of one year's full time farm experience.
  • Successfully completed the Massey University Foundation Certificate in Agriculture.*

Applicants must also be ambitious with career goals of becoming a farm manager over the next five years; be able to see the benefits of working for a corporate farming structure and have a keen interest and exposure to the day to day running of a dairy farm.  This includes:

  • Milking
  • Feed budgeting
  • Feeding dairy cattle
  • Pasture and forage production
  • Animal health and reproduction
  • Working within a team

*The Foundation Certificate in Agriculture is made up of four papers which are covered in semester one.  Students must pass these four papers to then continue with the remaining four papers in semester two and one during the summer school period.  These students will be required to complete nine papers in total to complete the Diploma in Agriculture programme in the academy.  Please contact Taratahi directly for further information if you wish to enter into the academy using this option.

Applications taken until 31 January 2019.  Notification of acceptance into the Academy will be completed within 5 working days. 

Academy Start Date: February 2019

To apply please return your completed application form, along with your CV and cover letter, to Taratahi. The purpose of your cover letter is to outline your background, experience and why you should be selected for this Academy.

Please note, this programme is only available to New Zealand citizens.

To register your interest, please contact the Wairarapa campus on 0800 TARATAHI or email info@taratahi.ac.nz

Compulsory Student Services Fee: $240.00.

Topics within this programme may include:

  • Animal health & production
  • Pasture and crop production
  • Soil production
  • Farm and industry study
  • Farm management
  • Animal production
  • Farm production systems
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Rural leadership
  • Dairy effluent
  • Milk quality
  • GrowSafe
  • Artificial insemination

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