Farming Systems and Equipment (Dairy or Sheep & Beef)

Level 3 Cost From From $3497 to $3655

Length 44 weeks including 6 weeks holiday
Full Time

Course Starting Various start dates throughout the year

This programme is a combination of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) and the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure). It is designed for people wanting a career in farming. 

This programme will give students the knowledge and skills to operate vehicles, machinery and equipment safely and effectively; move, handle, treat, feed and perform routine husbandry practices of livestock; an understanding of pasture-based livestock feeding and how this is managed to meet animal needs; and an understanding of how sustainable practices and technology can be used on-farm.

ENTRY CRITERIA

  • Students must be aged 16 or over
  • Students are selected on their expressed interest in farming, a willingness to meet the attendance and academic requirements of the programme, having literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to complete the programme, and commitment to complete the on-farm component
  • International applicants who come from non-English speaking backgrounds require IELTS score of 5 with no band lower than 5 or an equivalent English proficiency outcome as outlined in the NZQF related Rule 18.

PATHWAYS

Graduates may wish to progress onto higher level study such as Level 4 Dairy Farming, the Diploma in Agriculture Level 5 or gain entry level positions on diary farms.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

  • Health and Safety
  • Safe vehicle operation
  • Farm Machinery and Infrastructure
  • Soils
  • Growing and Using Pasture
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal Breeding and Production (Dairy or Sheep and Beef elective)
  • Technology on farm
  • Sustainable Practices

Compulsory Student Services Fee: $240.00.

Jobs this programme could lead to:

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