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Telford Certificate in Dairy Knowledge (Level 4) - Telford Distance

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4
Dates:

2019 Semester 10: 07 October to 25 September

Duration:

One year, part-time

Location: Telford Distance
Credits: 65

To provide learning opportunities for those individuals who want: 
A learning opportunity for people who wish to obtain knowledge of the milk harvesting industry that will consolidate, build on, and refine, the foundation knowledge they have already acquired.
A learning opportunity that will enable a person to obtain an intermediate level of knowledge that will support personal job promotion and advancement within the dairy industry, providing theoretical knowledge appropriate to an assistant herd manager position.
A learning opportunity that will enable study to occur at a time, pace and place that suits an employee working at an intermediate level in the milk harvesting industry.

Level 4 Dairy Knowledge will give students the knowledge and skills to implement Dairy Health, Breeding and Feeding Plans. This course is made for individuals with an interest in dairying; those that want to enter or progress in the dairy industry; and for those employed in the dairy industry.

This course will provide a range of Dairy learning opportunities:

  • Knowledge of the milk harvesting industry that will consolidate, build on, and refine, the foundation knowledge already acquired.
  • Obtain an intermediate level of knowledge that will support personal job promotion and advancement within the dairy industry, providing theoretical knowledge appropriate to an assistant herd manager position.
  • Enable study to occur at a time, pace and place that suits an employee working at an intermediate level in the milk harvesting industry.

This programme is delivered part-time by Telford Distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.

Course Content:
Breeding methods and reproduction; yield and composition of milk; effluent management systems; pasture maximisation; livestock health and welfare; feeding requirements; irrigation; sustainable land management. 

Students will learn:

  • Breeding methods and reproduction; 
  • yield and composition of milk; 
  • effluent management systems; 
  • pasture maximisation; 
  • livestock health and welfare; 
  • feeding requirements; 
  • irrigation; 
  • sustainable land management. 

General Farming Knowledge

General Knowledge required on a farm.

Tractor Efficiency

  • Factors that affect, and methods to maximise tractor efficiency during cultivation
  • The importance of matching implements to tractor task
  • Tyre features and cultivation patterns, which maximise tractor efficiency.

Electric Fencing

  • Identifying electric fencing components
  • Uses of electric fences for animal containment
  • The performance characteristics of different types of electric fence energizers
  • Types of joule ratings and their applications
  • Safety considerations for electric fence earthing system installations.

Sale and Purchase of Livestock

  • Methods for sale and purchase of livestock
  • Selection and preparation for livestock for sale
  • Factors that influence livestock market prices and trends.

Cattle Health

Methods of promoting livestock health, digestion and feeding requirements.

Livestock Health

  • Methods for promoting livestock health
  • Health problems of a livestock species.

Ruminant Digestion

  • The way in which ruminants metabolise food constituents
  • Feeding requirements to meet production targets
  • Formulation of rations for ruminants.

Cattle Breeding and Milking

Breeding cattle and rearing calves to prepare them for work on a dairy farm.

Livestock Breeding

  • Methods of breeding livestock
  • Livestock breeding programmes which maximize genetic gain.

Livestock Mating

  • Stages and cycles for reproduction
  • Factors involved in achieving optimum conception rates
  • Identifying and recording stock in oestrus.

Livestock Rearing

  • Feeding, health and welfare requirements of weaner or replacement cattle to achieve optimum performance
  • Liveweight targets when breeding of weaner or replacement cattle to achieve optimum performance.

Quality Cow's Milk

  • Standards, tests, and factors that indicate premium quality cow’s milk
  • Factors that influence the yield and composition of cow’s milk and the significance to the dairy producers.

Land Management

Land management to enable learners to look after and make the most of their land.

Pasture Production

  • Methods to maximize pasture production
  • Techniques used to renovate or establish pasture, and reasons for renovation and establishment.

Irrigation Systems

  • Irrigation systems
  • Calculating soil moisture and water efficiency.

Land Management

  • Land management practices which contribute to damage to soil structure
  • The importance of sustainable land use and the main forms and causes of erosion
  • Prevention and control methods for the main forms of erosion.

Waste Management

Waste Management on the dairy farm, including managing effluent and other waste management and disposal.

Effluent Management

 

  • Requirements of effluent management for effluent management for livestock operation of a stated livestock type
  • Characteristics of effluent disposal options
  • Operation of an effluent management system.

 

Waste Management

 

  • Waste management principles
  • The application of legislative requirements in an agribusiness context.

 

$443.00

Could include:
• Farm assistant
• 2IC
• Rural retail
• Rural service industry
  • Farm assistant
  • 2IC
  • Rural retail
  • Rural service industry

 

Entry Requirements
Students must be:
• Aged 16 or over
• Hold or working towards a learners’, restricted or
full driver’s licence
• 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
• Students who are not recent level 3 Taratahi
graduates must have 2 years industry
experience (or equivalent)
• International applicants who come from non-
English speaking backgrounds require IELTS
score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5 or an

Entry Requirements

Students must be:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Hold or working towards a learners’, restricted orfull driver’s licence
  • 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
  • Students who are not recent level 3 graduates must have 2 years industry experience (or equivalent)

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

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