Do you live and breathe the land? Are you passionate about working with and managing livestock? Do you dream of improving your pasture and making a farm more productive? Then this course is for you
Approximately 300 hours
to complete the course, which has 3 key modules made up of 29 subjects.
There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.
Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Online, flexible learning at your own pace.
Availability of Content
12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)
Designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to livestock management, this course will cover all aspects from animal biology and health, to nutrition and feed, to pasture management and how to improve your pastures. Upon completion, you will have developed a sound understanding of what it takes to manage livestock in an agricultural enterprise or hobby farm.
3 Key Modules, made up of 29 subjects.
Module 1: Animal Husbandry (100 hours)
Learn from our team of professional animal scientists and study animal systems and physiology, find out how to diagnose disease and how to determine if an animal has sustained an injury.This course was designed to give you an introduction to the basics of animal anatomy and physiology, from understanding the digestive, circulatory, nervous, reproductive and urinary systems, to learning about animal skeletons, muscles and their meat.
Module 2: Animal Feed and Nutrition (100 hours)
This course introduces animal foods, food components, evaluating food and digestibility for animals, classifying foods and calculating rations. You will learn how to manage food and nutrition for pets, farm animals or wildlife in zoos. Gain a deeper understanding of food components and what makes up each food, and how to classify foods and the difference between each of the classifications.
Module 3: Pasture Management (100 hours)
This course is designed as an introduction to understanding pasture management, how to grow new pastures and how to improve existing. Every livestock farmer is first and foremost a pasture farmer. Farmers have been known to turn unprofitable farms into commercial successes by simply improving pasture. Whether dealing with small or large properties, pasture management is an important part of many types of farm enterprises. This course is designed to be useful to those already managing existing pastures and those who wish to establish successful new pastures.
For the full subject list, download the course guide.
Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.
You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.
This course is a beginner level course and may be of interest to people working in or aspiring to work in a range of agriculture, farming and livestock roles such as farm hand, farmer or livestock manager.
If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.
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