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Telford Certificate in Sheep Knowledge (Level 3) - Telford Distance

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

2019 Semester 10: 07 October to 25 September

Duration:

One year, part-time

Location: Telford Distance
Credits: 70

This programme is for individuals who have an interest or involvement with sheep farming and who want to improve their knowledge.

Students will learn the process of breeding and mating, strategies for maintaining sheep’s health, production strategies, lambing process, buying and selling sheep and hazards in a wool shed.

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

Topics:

Breeding and Mating

Sheep reproduction

  • Reproductive organs of sheep
  • Sheep reproduction and related management practices
  • Factors involved in achieving optimum conception rates in sheep.

Sheep genetics and ram selection

  • Principles of genetics as they affect sheep breeding
  • Identification and recording of traits for sheep breeding purposes
  • Ram selection
  • Selection of sheep for culling and wastage.

Sheep mating management practices

  • Influence of mating management practices on pregnancy and parturition in ewes
  • Mating management of rams throughout the year
  • Calculations relating to sheep mating management practices.

Nutrition and Health

Animal anatomy and physiology

  • Structural body parts and internal anatomy of animals
  • Structure and function of animal body systems
  • Ruminant and non-ruminant digestion.

Livestock behaviour and animal welfare

  • Livestock behaviour and animal welfare.

Pasture production

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

Pasture Supply and demand, feeds, and grazing systems

  • Pasture and supplement supply and demand, and the use of supplements for a chosen farming operation
  • Components, use, and digestibility of livestock feeds
  • Grazing systems
  • Conservation and use of pasture surpluses.

Health of sheep

  • Ill health in sheep

Production

Wool production

  • Variable nature of wool fibre and wool production
  • Methods of shearing sheep and preparing wool for sale
  • Sale of wool in NZ.

Sheep milk production

  • Structure and function of the mammary gland of a sheep
  • Composition of sheep’s milk and factors which influence the composition
  • Features and operation of the main types of dairy and milking plant
  • Hazards to people of milking a dairy herd
  • Calculations relating to sheep milk production.

Meat Production

  • Aspects of markets for NZ meat which affect meat production
  • Relationships between animal characteristics and growth in meat producing animals
  • Role of feed in meat producing animals
  • Key health and welfare requirements which affect the production in meat producing animals.

Lambing

Rearing lambs and hoggets

  • Liveweight targets to achieve optimum lifetime performance when rearing young sheep
  • Feeding, health and welfare requirements of young sheep to achieve optimum performance.

Lambing

  • Stages of lambing
  • Diseases and disorders of lambing and factors which affect achieving optimum number of live births
  • Assisting ewes having difficulty with lambing
  • Post delivery procedures.

Sale and Purchase of Livestock

  • The methods for sale and purchase of livestock
  • Selection and preparation for sale
  • Factors which influence livestock market prices and trends.

Wool Shed Safety

  • Activities and hazards in a wool shed during shearing.

Graduates may gain employment on a sheep farm, or they may use the knowledge they've gained and apply it to farming sheep on their small holding block.

Applicants must:

  • Be 16 years or over
  • Be proficient in English (written and oral).

Note: If English is your second language, you will be required to provide evidence that you are sufficiently competent in English to take part in this programme.

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 3

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. 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 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

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