On the farm

Where no two days are the same

Living rurally on a dairy farm

A day on the farm

Get stuck in with early starts and early knockoffs, all while enjoying your office view in the great outdoors where no two days are the same.

Your tasks will change day-to-day and season-to-season. There are periods that will be busier and more demanding than others. Every day there are always new things to learn and problems to solve.

Go for a dairy lifestyle

Mihaka Beckham’s story

Mihaka is working on a dairy farm in the Waikato milking 400 cows, check out how he got started and the satisfaction he gets from his job.

Working on a dairy farm

You don’t need specific training to get a job on a farm. The work can be physical, and a work week of 40+ hours is common.

Milking often starts early in the morning, but a good roster and variation of daily tasks, means you may not have early mornings every day.

If you’re interested in training the options range from short, practical on farm learning to more traditional, classroom-based qualifications. Training and earning while you learn is a great way to expand your knowledge, gain qualifications and progress in the industry.

Tangaroa Walker’s story

Tangaroa talks to Primary ITO about his training opportunities and his achievements in the dairy industry.


About DairyNZ

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