This course requires 3 options.

Year 12 Primary Industries Academy

Course selection will be active from the 14th August 2020.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: T. Phillips

This course is the Primary Industries Academy which will take up 3 of your option lines. 

Case by case exceptions to this may apply if required and in consultation with the teacher in charge and trade academy co-ordinator. 

If you are interested in working in the agriculture, horticulture, forestry, sports turf or land conservation areas, then this course is for you. It explores our Primary Industries which employs 350,000 people in New Zealand, generating $36 billion annually in export earnings.

The programme for this skills aspect of the academy focuses on learning in the agriculture, apiculture and horticulture industries. Student will explore the following 

- What are the primary sectors and primary industries, what they provide to New Zealand's Economy and the employment opportunities available in each sector.

- Building permanent farm fences, temporary electric fences, replacing battens and repairing farm fences. 

- Pest species in New Zealand and the impact they have on the primary sector, setting up traps, skinning and plucking possums

- First aid, health and safety in a rural setting. 

-  Assist with handling livestock when moving and drafting, when livestock are distressed, assist with livestock grazing management, and feed livestock under direct supervision. 

- Demonstrate understanding of honey bee physical features, castes, bee stings and beehive health. 

-Demonstrate knowledge of how cows produce milk, 

-Demonstrate knowledge of features, attributes, identification and records for sheep

- Plant out by hand utilising the school's vegetable garden, 

- Identify plants 

- Attend both Dargaville Field days and the National field days in Mystery Creek Hamilton 

\- Carry out a long term practical investigation around chick growth and development with different brands of chick starter.

- Explore the range of reproductive techniques used in livestock reproduction such as heat detection, artificial insemination, controlled internal drug release (CIDR), embryo transfer, scanning, flushing, induction. As part of this, students will explore the hormones involved in reproduction and learn about the Oestrus cycle. They will also go into why it is done with regards to timing, quantity, genetics and economics. 

- Research the environmental impacts of primary production in Northland, where students will select a primary industry and explore the negative and positive impacts it has on the soil, water, air and living organisms. Students could choose horticulture or agriculture, depending on their field of interest.

- Explore how management practices influence plant growth and development in New Zealand commercial production and how New Zealand commercial management practices influence livestock growth and development.

Students who have a passion in equine also have the opportunity of attending a week long block course at Barge park.

Students gain some industry experience in agriculture, horticulture and apiculture by attending a gateway placement on a farm or orchard. 

There will be an emphasis on environmental sustainability, innovation and business skills. The academy will provide students with valuable, transferable skills and knowledge. 

This course intends to provide students with a gateway to careers in Primary Industries. It maintains multiple pathways that provide opportunities for employment in the primary sector, farm based training, or study at tertiary level including entry to University, with many of these providers (or students who have attended these), visiting this class throughout the year. 

Participation in this intensive will ensure success in NCEA Level 2 and students will achieve NCEA level 2 with the Primary Industries Vocational Pathway Award. 


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