New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture - Breeding Livestock Farming

Level 4


Level of study

Level 4

Cost (incl GST)

Was $3,200, now $1,600*


20 months


Learners must be employed in the sector.

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May be eligible for Government Support including Fees Free. Learn more here.

Non-funded fee: $8,136.25. 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.


Ideally suited for those in Head Shepherd or Stock/Block Manager positions, this comprehensive breeding qualification will enhance learners' skills, progressing them through to step up and lead day-to-day operational activities and implementation of production plans.  

Topics include: 

  • farm environment planning 
  • feeding, pastoral production systems and benchmarking 
  • maintenance and agribusiness activities
  • health, mating and parturition management
  • production planning. 

The programme is seasonally based, ideally the start dates are Feb/March or Nov/Dec.

Completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) is strongly recommended prior to entry.

Learning outcomes

  • benchmark own farm physical performance against data from industry high performers
  • produce management reports on day to day activities for a farming production system
  • take responsibility for the day to day maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery and equipment
  • assist with the management of environmental impacts on farm
  • implement and monitor a livestock health plan
  • implement and monitor a livestock mating plan
  • implement and monitor a livestock parturition plan
  • implement and monitor a livestock production plan (including meat, wool and velvet production).


Enrolment Forms

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