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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture - Dairy Farming (Level 4) - Telford

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4
Dates:

To be confirmed

Duration:

1 year, Full-time

Location: Telford
Credits: 125

This programme introduces students to the responsibilities involved in managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a dairy farm. The programme has two distinct strands: a more theoretical strand where students are introduced to farm management concepts and a practical component where they apply these concepts to their on-farm activities.

The programme exposes students to 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 milk production of the farm. Alongside this is an emphasis on planning with the development of breeding, nutrition and feeding 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 and health plans as well as perform maintenance and repairs on farm equipment and vehicles. They engage in the practical activities of running the milking shed dealing with any issues around milk production, quality or dairy cow health/behaviour.

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: DAIRY HEALTH PLANS (20 credits)
  • Diagnose and treat livestock ill health 
  • Implement a Dairy Health Plan  
  • Analyse performance against the Animal Welfare Act 
DS 406: DAIRY BREEDING PLANS (20 credits)
  • Use genetics to improve livestock and production 
  • Understand breeding methods and their impact on production 
  • Implement a Dairy Breeding Plan 
DS 407: DAIRY FEEDING PLANS (20 credits)
  • Use condition scoring to support production 
  • Prepare and implement feed budgets 
  • Implement a Dairy Feeding Plan 
  • Implement strategies to improve pasture production
DS 408: MANAGING MILK HARVESTING (20 credits)
  • Understand market requirements for quality 
  • Utilise milking practices for optimal milk quality 
  • Implement herd management during milking.
Content includes:
• Understanding Performance
• Farm Reports
• Maintaining Vehicles and Equipment
• Managing Environmental Impacts
• Dairy Health Plans
• Dairy Feeding Plans
• Managing Milk Producti

To be confirmed

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

Could include:
• Farm assistant
• 2IC
• Rural retail
• Rural service industry
  • Farm assistant
  • Rural retail
  • Rural service industry
  • Shepherd / Stockperson
  • Farm Manager
  • Stock Manager

 

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 Dairy 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.

International applicants who come from non-English speaking backgrounds require IELTS score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5 or an equivalent English proficiency outcome as outlined in the NZQF related Rule 18.

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 dairy farms.

 

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