DAIRY FARMINGIT'S A CAREER AND LIFESTYLE
Dairy farming offers a career outdoors, working in a team, with farm animals, machinery, technology, pasture and crops.
Keep fit, challenge yourself and learn wide ranging skills that can be applied across multiple sector roles in dairying farming.
Positive, enthusiastic and driven individuals can have a career dairy farming and gain qualifications and progress their career. You can work your way to the top and own your own business.
CAREER TIPS AND TRICKS
make your first job count
Build your reputation from day one and you’ll go far in the dairy sector.
Get a mentor
A mentor is someone already working or familiar with the career you choose; someone you respect and can use as a sounding board for your ideas.
Other career options
Once you have some farming experience, you might set up a contracting business, work in a rural store, train other people or move into an agri-business career.
Employees with the right attitude, skills and a willingness to learn.
Ask questions, search the internet, talk to people, visit workplaces and gather information so you make an informed choice. CareersNZ can tell you a job’s pay, opportunities, and related jobs.
Do something that really matters
Education and qualifications
To progress your career, it’s recommended you gain qualifications, undertake on-the-job training and complete courses while you work.
Depending on your career pathway, you can study a Certificate, Diploma or Degree qualification before you get a job or study part time while in employment.
To support your career, it’s recommended you study maths, sciences and business. IT skills are also important.
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Some farmers have a Bachelor degree in an agricultural field, usually from Lincoln, Massey or Waikato University.
Degree options include a Bachelor of:
- Agricultural Science (Agri-Science)
- Science (Agriculture)
- Commerce (Agriculture)
- Accounting / Economics
- Environmental Science
training institutions and providers
A number of training providers offer courses for dairy farming from taster courses to National Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees.