Diploma in Agriculture – Dairy

Be a part of New Zealand's successful dairy industry

Very practical and hands-on training, giving you the knowledge and  skills to successfully progress to managing a dairy farm as a profitable business enterprise. It involves understanding and mastering critical farm management areas such as nutrition and feeding, reproductive performance, young stock rearing, animal health and welfare, economic, financial, human resources and environmental management.

This Diploma is suitable for school leavers or young people wanting to work in New Zealand’s multi billion-dollar dairy industry.

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Diploma Duration: On average a diploma will take you 18 to 24 months

Fees: Register your interest and depending on your previous rural experience, your training goals and career aspirations, we will provide a customised fees plan.

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What’s in this Diploma? 

Health & Safety

Crop Production

Crop production includes soil preparation, nutrient requirements, planning for planting, water management, pests and diseases, harvest management and crop storage.

Health & Safety

Health and safety includes the appropriate knowledge of relevant legislation and industry best practice, skills and training on all aspects to ensure the safety of self and others, knowledge of procedures and processes to ensure compliance. Recognition of occupational health and safety appropriate equipment.

Environmental Sustainability

Being environmentally sustainable includes understanding the Resource Management Act including provisions for the reduction of farming’s impact on soil, water and riparian protection.

This unit of study also includes a focus on sustainable irrigation, agrichemical and nutrient usage plus keeping relevant records/documentation.

Planning & Recording

Planning and recording includes understanding markets, farm management planning, benchmarking, production systems, keeping accurate records, and analysis.


A comprehensive programme covering all common vehicles and plant, their operation and maintenance. 

Why study with us?

This is real training with real outcomes – it’s not classroom based learning. It’s hands-on training giving you practical skills. It’s been designed by Kiwi farmers for Kiwi farmers to ensure graduates receive a trade qualification in agriculture which is totally relevant.

We’ve taken tradition, added in technology and developed an internationally recognised diploma which delivers the highest level of industry qualified professionals.

We’re growing tomorrow’s farmers today!

Learn from the best

We’ve got an awesome team to guide you through your diploma. Better still, throughout your training, we bring in some of the most highly regarded people in the industry to share knowledge and experience with you.

Trainer and student