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Recent trend to larger farms and larger herds means there are now more options for people who want to become dairy farmers.

Increasingly farmers are recognising the need to have skilled people who want to learn the business. As a result, the pay and conditions are very competitive.

Dairy farming is a higly skilled business.

Many of the skills are learned on-the-job with the help of your employer. Other learning opportunities are available through DairyNZ discussion groups, farm consultants and company representatives. National certificates, diplomas and other tertiary qualifications will be a valuable asset for anyone pursuing a career in the industry.

The AgricultureITO provides the opportunity to learn while you earn and Lincoln and Massey Universities provide both diploma and degree level qualifications.

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As you increase your knowledge and skills you will gain increasing responsibility. In some cases this will require you to shift farms although many large operations now allow career progression within the same business.

Progression through the levels can be relatively quick for those who are prepared to demonstrate their commitment and ability to learn.

Who knows what the future will hold once you are on your way? You might even set your goals on farm ownership. With some experience in the industry you will get a clearer understanding of the opportunities it offers and plan your career accordingly.

Career Pathways is a valuable tool for identifying study and learning areas. By inputting your information into the USB tool, a training needs analysis is provided for the next 12 months. Visit DairyNZ/careerpathways for more information.

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