Industry Skills

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Agriculture) (Sheep and Beef) Level 2

Suitable for those new to the agriculture industry and those required to carry out a range of seasonal production tasks working under close supervision. You are able to tailor the programme to suit individual needs.

Course summary


7 months

Start date



This programme is made up of compulsory and optional components:

Health and Safety (compulsory component)

At the end of the topic learners will be able to:

  • Locate hazards and describe safety procedures,
  • Work safely in a rural workplace
  • Understand the consequences of injury.


  • Check and report on livestock behaviour and animal welfare
  • Assist with livestock grazing management, and feed livestock under direct supervision
  • Assist with moving handling and drafting livestock and when livestock are distressedFeed livestock with supplementary feed as directed
  • Dag and crutch sheep with prepared equipment
  • Assist with the preparation and handling of lambs for docking
  • Assist with easy care lambing and handling cattle in yards
  • Connect up, and perform repairs and maintenance on an on-farm water supply system.


  • Check and drive your choice of vehicle on flat terrain
  • Demonstrate safe operation of your chosen vehicle.

Choice of vehicles include light utility vehicle (LUV), basic wheel tractor with an attached implement, motorcycle, or quadbike.



  • Prepare and apply agrichemicals using hand held equipment
  • Use, maintain, and store agrichemical protective equipment
  • Control weeds under supervision.


  • Install wooden battens or wire droppers
  • Repair a rail in a rail panel, replace a broken post, and repair a broken fence wire
  • Install, dismantle, and store temporary electric fences.

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