Discover your future in dairy

Free Farm Ready Training

Farm Ready Training

Get farm ready and start your dairy farming career with confidence.

A career in dairy is rewarding. You’ll be part of a great team, spend time outdoors working with animals, and there are many opportunities to learn and grow on the job.

DairyNZ is offering a free entry-level training for career changers  who are serious about a farming career. The training is for permanent residents or citizens of New Zealand only.

Sign up for the free three-week training to learn online about life and work on a farm, then get practical and learn the basics of animal handling and vehicle safety.

Week 1

Building an understanding of working and living on a New Zealand dairy farm (online)

Day 1 – Overview of the New Zealand dairy sector
Day 2 – What does working on a New Zealand dairy farm entail?
Day 3 – Living and working in rural New Zealand
Day 4 – Finding the right job and getting started
Day 5 – Use of technology and innovation on New Zealand dairy farms

(1.5 hours daily)

Week 2

Working with cows and farm infrastructure (practical on farm, full time)
  • Manage your health and safety
  • Build basic understanding and confidence in working with animals
  • Be familiar with the milking plant and milking routines
  • Understand milk quality

Week 3

Farm vehicle safety (practical on farm, full time)
  • Understand legal requirements of farm vehicle usage
  • Introduction to the purpose of each farm vehicle and appropriate use
  • Introduction to basic maintenance and safe use of farm vehicles
  • Tractor and quad safety
Timothy Wilson

Timothy Wilson

Farm Assistant

“If you want to go dairy farming then all the support you need is there. There are systems in place for you to learn everything on the job. I’ve found the support out there great.”
Farm Ready Training

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Take that first step toward a secure career with progression opportunities and an excellent lifestyle.

Free farm ready training – register your interest or call us direct on 0800 4 DAIRYNZ to speak with one of our careers advisers for advice and info.

Note: Training is permanent residents or citizens of New Zealand only.

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Timothy Wilson

Timothy Wilson

Farm Assistant

“If you want to go dairy farming then all the support you need is there. There are systems in place for you to learn everything on the job. I’ve found the support out there great.”

Dairy farming roles

Check out our dairy farming roles page to see what might suit you.

About DairyNZ

DairyNZ is an organisation that, through research, events, services, education and policy, works with dairy farmers to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. New Zealand dairy farmers pay DairyNZ a levy to support them.

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