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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Dry stock Breeding Farming) - Level 4 - Telford

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4
Dates:

To be confirmed

Duration:

1 year, Full-time

Location: Telford
Credits: 120

The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 4 strand in Dry stock Breeding Farming will teach students the skills and knowledge to manage day-to-day operational management of a beef, sheep and/or deer pastoral farming system.

Topics that will be covered in this course:

·         Understanding Performance

·         Farm Reports

·         Maintaining Vehicles and Equipment

·         Managing Environmental Impacts

·         Dry stock Health Plans

·         Dry stock Breeding Plans

·         Dry stock Feeding Plans

·         Dry stock Production Plans

This course consists of theory and practical activities of running a farm and deal with any issues around meat, wool or velvet production, quality or animal health/behaviour.

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Benchmark own farm physical performance against data from industry high performers
  • Produce management reports on day to day activities for a farming production system
  • Take responsibility for the day to day maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery and equipment
  • Assist with the management of environmental impacts on farm
  • Implement a livestock health, breeding and feeding plan
  • Implement a breeding livestock production plan.

This programme is designed for students with a practical farming foundation, onto which they can build an understanding of farming planning and decision making.

Students will have 8 modules to complete and each module has different learning outcomes that will need to be achieved.

DS 401: UNDERSTANDING PERFORMANCE (10 credits)

  • Assemble farm performance data 
  • Compare farm performance with that of other farms 
  • Identify areas and strategies for improvement 

DS 402: FARM REPORTS (10 credits)

  • Track and report against farm performance indicators 
  • Track and report on farm management plans 

DS 403: MAINTAINING VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT (10 credits)

  • Implement vehicle and equipment maintenance schedules 
  • Provide information for vehicle and equipment replacement decisions

DS 404: MANAGING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS (15 credits)

  • Complete a Visual Soil Assessment and recommend ways to improve soil health 
  • Analyse environmental impacts of farm activities 
  • Analyse performance against environmental legislation requirements 

DS 405: DRYSTOCK HEALTH PLANS (20 credits)

  • Diagnose and treat livestock ill health 
  • Implement a Livestock Health Plan  
  • Analyse performance against the Animal Welfare Act 

DS 406: DRYSTOCK BREEDING PLANS (20 credits)

  • Use genetics to improve livestock and production 
  • Understand breeding methods and their impact on production 
  • Implement a Dry stock Breeding Plan 

DS 407: DRY STOCK FEEDING PLANS (20 credits)

  • Use condition scoring to support production 
  • Prepare and implement feed budgets 
  • Implement a Livestock Feeding Plan 
  • Implement strategies to improve pasture production

DS 408: DRYSTOCK PRODUCTION PLANS (15 credits)

  • Understand market requirements for quality 
  • Identify livestock management required for optimal production 
  • Implement a Dry stock Production Plan for the relevant farm products.

To be confirmed

Course Fees* (NZD):
• Domestic students: $3,537.73
• International students: $22,244.90
• Student services fee: $240.00
(Compulsory

Upon completion of this programme students may be able to get work as a:

  • Shepherd
  • General Farm Hand
  • Farm Stockperson

 

Could include:
• Junior Shepherd
• Shepherd
• General farm hand
• Rural retail
• Rural service industry

This programme is designed for students with a practical farming foundation, onto which they can build an understanding of farming planning and decision making.

To apply students must be:

  • A recent Level 3 Agriculture Graduate
  • or have 2 years industry experience (or equivalent)

Students are selected on their demonstrated aptitude for Dry stock farming, willingness to meet the attendance requirements of the programme, having literacy and numeracy skills and academic focus sufficient to complete the programme, and commitment to undertake the work experience and self-directed components.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL); or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

Certificate at Level 4

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination –B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162.  No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current:
  • Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

Graduates may wish to progress onto higher level study such as the Diploma in Agriculture Level 5, or gain employment on drystock farms.

 

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