Dairy Traineeships

Duration: 24 months depending on experience
Qualification: Other
Location: Paterson NSW

Gain nationally accredited training and qualifications while being paid to work in the agriculture industry.

Dairy traineeships are open to paid employees of dairy farms. The course leads to a nationally accredited Certificate II, III or IV in Agriculture.

The NSW Dairy Farm Training Program was developed in close consultation with industry, and Tocal graduates are well regarded for their skills and knowledge. Many of our graduates become valued workers and effective managers.

Course components

Training is delivered via several study blocks where attendance is required for up to 6 weeks per traineeship. It includes a blend of face to face, online courses and workplace assessment with practical components and hands on exercises.

Training includes use of the College farms, visits to commercial farms in NSW and uses the experience of industry professionals and mentors whenever possible. A self-funded tour of NZ is made every three years and is available to all trainees enrolled between trips.

To see current events and dates, refer to our AgCalendar.

Units Of Study:

Depending on training level students may study the following:

Calf Rearing

  • Feed and care for calves
  • Monitor calf health, detect sickness/disorders and take action

Cattle Health

  • Manage dry cow and feeding
  • Manage calving program and assist cows calving
  • Manage a mastitis control program
  • Diagnose common health programs
  • Have a knowledge of common diseases

Cattle Breeding

  • Judge and assess cattle performance
  • Select cows and bulls for mating
  • Perform artificial insemination and manage on farm storage of semen
  • Operate herd recording and record keeping for breeding

Feeding the Herd

  • Develop a basic knowledge of nutrition
  • Perform condition scoring on cattle
  • Supervise feeding program
  • Use feeding equipment

Manage Pastures

  • Evaluate and care for soils
  • Establish pastures and control weeds
  • Apply irrigation to pasture
  • Graze and manage pastures for efficient livestock production


  • Observe safe work practices
  • Assist in workplace hazard identification and risk control
  • Take part in workplace WHS consultation
  • Accredited chemical use

Quality Assurance

  • Maintain quality produce
  • Supervise farm quality assurance programs

General Communications and Supervision

  • Demonstrate problem solving abilities
  • Plan and manage staff work routines
  • Demonstrate effective communication
Online Course: No
Funding Available: No

Key Details:

Contact Name : Carmen Stassen
Location : Paterson NSW
Duration : 24 months depending on experience
Contact Phone : 1800 025 520
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Course Type

Flexible/Own pace

Course State

New South Wales

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