Progress your career in dairy
Progress your career, earn more and feed the world with dairy.
Agri-business people and agri-scientists need to help develop a sustainable industry as farmers and the Government look to reduce dairy farming emissions.
Dairy careers come with opportunities to earn more and learn a variety of skills, whether you work on a farm or in an office or laboratory.
Types of dairy careers
Dairy farming involves caring for cows, milking, and developing environmentally friendly farming practices.
You can start as a dairy farm assistant without training. Primary ITO offers Level 2, 3 or 4 Certificates in agriculture which help you progress to herd or assistant management while you work.
You can also work towards owning your own dairy farming business or become a self-employed sharemilker. Sharemilkers usually earn a percentage of milk profits for managing farming activities for farm owners, or they may own a herd and earn between 40 and 60 percent of milk profits.
Agri-scientists are the future-thinkers of the dairy industry. They make sure the industry continues to do well and grow with changing environmental rules.
For roles such as research technician or statistician you usually need an undergraduate degree.
For highly skilled roles you’ll need a relevant postgraduate degree. These roles include microbiologist, biochemist, veterinarian and environmental scientist.
Agri-business professionals provide business, production and environmental services, and give advice to farmers.
Business people need to support dairy farmers as government rules change.
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Updated 10 Jan 2020