New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Production Management

Level 5


Level of study

Level 5

Cost (incl GST)

Was $2,547.53, now $1,273.77*


12 months


Learners must be employed in the sector and with a minimum 3 years’ on-farm experience. Please see details below.

*Get up to 50% off fees in 2024, only applies to funded learner fees. Learn more here.

Non-funded fee: from $5,989.94. 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.


Ideal for Farm Managers, when learners finish this programme, they'll be armed with deep, detailed knowledge on all aspects of production management.

Learners will be able to make sound decisions to maximise production and financial returns, analyse production systems against industry benchmarks, have the knowledge to recommend improvement strategies for specific production systems, and develop, implement and monitor plans for feeding, breeding and animal health.

This programme takes 12 months to complete.


  • Minimum 3 years’ on-farm experience.
  • Good knowledge of farm activities and the ‘farm system’.
  • Can take responsibility for day-to-day running of the farm they are working on and, where possible, be responsible for staff.
  • Understand the planning required season-to-season and year-to-year.
  • Have access to detailed farm production data for the farm.
  • Must have the opportunity to manage production factors of a farm for an entire farming year.

We recommend that learners hold the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) Dairy Farming.

Learning outcomes

Topics include:

  • prepare, implement, monitor and adjust a feed budget to meet agribusiness performance targets
  • develop, implement and monitor a livestock breeding plan, analyse and report breeding performance targets
  • develop, implement and monitor a livestock health plan, analyse and report health performance targets
  • describe ruminant digestion, formulate and cost a daily feed allowance for ruminants to meet a production target
  • identify and quantify primary industry system performance, benchmark, analyse and recommend strategies for performance
  • develop, implement and monitor environmentally sustainable and cohesive feeding, breeding and animal health plans which utilise appropriate technologies, and align with a farm business plan to achieve production targets. 

Enrolment Forms

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Get up to 50% off* fees in 2024

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