New Zealand Apprenticeship in Agriculture - Breeding Livestock Farming

Level 3 and Level 4


Level of study

Level 3 and Level 4

Cost (incl GST)



39 months


Learners must be employed in the sector, have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills and/or had at least one year on-farm. 

* Vehicle and machinery units available at an additional cost. Programme may be eligible for Government Support including Fees Free. Learn more here.

Non-funded fee from: $16,649.84. Please note, this fee will only apply for non-funded learners – learners who are not employed in the industry, do not meet the entry requirements of the programme, or are not classed as “domestic learners” under the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding rules. For more information, visit the TEC website here.


Suitable for Shepherds, this apprenticeship provides learners with personal mentoring and support from their Primary ITO Training Adviser who will meet with them, and their employer, regularly throughout the year to help set goals and review  progress.  

Learning outcomes

Level 3 topics include: 

  • Livestock Feed Supply and Demand  
  • Health, Wellbeing and Biosecurity  
  • Mating, Parturition and Young Stock

Additional elective topics include:

  • Fencing
  • Assisting with maintaining machinery
  • Care for and handle farm working animals

Level 4 topics include:

  • Farm Environment Planning
  • Feeding, Pastoral Production Systems and Benchmarking
  • Maintenance and Agribusiness Activities
  • Health, Mating and Parturition Management
  • Production Plan

The first topic to start will depend on the season. Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision with responsibility for your duties and work outcomes.


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