New Zealand Certificate In Agriculture - Drystock Breeding Farming (Level 4)

Level 4 Cost From $3466.98

Length 42 weeks, including 6 weeks holiday
Full Time

Course Starting TBC

This programme introduces students to the responsibilities involved in managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a beef, sheep and/or deer pastoral farming system. Students learn about farm performance, how to identify the performance of their farm and compare this performance to others in the industry. Part of this is financial planning and producing management reports that provide information on the day-to-day activities and livestock production of the farm. 

Alongside this, is an emphasis on planning, with the development of breeding, nutrition, feeding and production plans and considerations around maintaining and replacing farm equipment and vehicles. 
In addition, students consider the environmental impacts of their farming activities and ways to mediate this impact. On the practical side, students implement their feeding, nutrition, health and production plans, as well as perform maintenance and repairs on farm equipment and vehicles. They engage in the practical activities of running the farm and dealing with any issues around meat, wool or velvet production, quality or animal health/behaviour.

Prior to acceptance to this programme students should have:

•    completed a major course of study with Taratahi or equivalent study (in most cases a level 3, one year programme); or
•    a high level of agricultural knowledge and work experience (at least two years’ industry experience).

Selection of students is considered on a case-by-case basis. Students are normally required to complete industry experience before they are awarded this qualification.


Upon completion of this qualification graduates could follow a management pathway by progressing to a Diploma in Agribusiness at Level 5.

Compulsory Student Services Fee: $240.00.

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