Year 10 Primary Industries

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: T. Phillips

The 350,000 people working in primary industries in New Zealand help feed, shelter, and clothe the world. Primary Industries have always been important to New Zealand, earning over $36 billion a year in export earnings.

Primary industries of importance to New Zealand include:

  • Agriculture – Dairy and Meat & Wool
  • Horticulture – including viticulture
  • Apiculture - Honey and beeswax products
  • Forestry
  • Seafood – including aquaculture and fishing
  • Equine 
  • Sports turf 

This option course is designed to give students an introduction into what is involved in some areas of New Zealand’s Primary Industries. The following are some of the areas we will be looking at:

The Dairy Industry - what it is, why is it big in  Northland and New Zealand, what happens with the milk once it leaves the farm in the processing plants and then we will create secondary products out of milk making our own yoghurts, cheeses, butter and milk powder.  As part of this unit we will have a field trip to a dairy farm and hopefully a tour of a dairy processing plant or cheesemakers. 

Native trees -  we will explore the importance of natives in primary industries, collecting native seeds, sowing them, raising them to seedlings, transplanting to bigger pots and then replanting in restoration areas or riparian zones.

Garden skills - we will get out and plant vegetable seeds and seedlings in the gardens and look at growing from cuttings, carrying out tasks like grafting to get 2 varieties growing from one tree eg lemons and limes. 

Chickens - we will incubate and raise chickens exploring animal welfare and animal husbandry, but we will also look at both chickens in the egg and meat industries and explore the concepts around free range and caged chicken farming




Year 11 Primary Industries

Contributions and Equipment

1 x 1E5 or 1B5 Excercise book

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

Pathway Tags

Aeroplane Pilot, Agricultural consultant, Agricultural engineer, Agricultural entomologist, Agricultural genetic engineer, Agricultural inspector, Agricultural field representative, Agricultural scientist, Agricultural Technician, Agrochemist, Agronomist, Animal breeder, Animal Care Attendant, Animal trainer, Aquatic botanist, Aquatic ecologist, Aquaculture Farmer, Arboretum manager, Arborist, Beekeeper, Biological engineer, Biosecurity inspector, Biochemist, Biotechnologist, Botanist, Brewer, Conservation biologist, Crop scientist, Crop Farmer, Dairy Farmer, Dairy Products Maker, Deckhand, Diver, Dog Trainer, Ecologist, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Impact analyst, Environmental planner, Environmental scientist, Environmental toxicologist, Farm worker, Farmer, Fencer, Fisherman/woman, Fishery officer, Fishing Skipper, Floral designer, Floriculturist, Florist, Food and drug inspector, Food chemist, Food technologist, Forest Manager, Forestry and Logging worker, Forestry Scientist, Gardener, Geologist, Geophysicist, Grounds person, Hatchery manager, Horse Trainer, Horticultural consultant, Horticultural scientist, Hunter/Trapper, Importer/Exporter, Insect quarantine inspector, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Limnologist, Marine biologist, Meat/Seafood Process worker, Microbiologist, Natural resource manager, Phycologist, Nursery Grower/Worker, Oenologist, Pack house Worker, Pest Control Technician, Phytochemist, Plant breeder, Plant pathologist, Pulp and Paper Mill Operator, Quality control supervisor, Quarantine Officer, Ranger, Saw Doctor, Science Technician, Science writer, Secondary school teacher, Silviculturist, Shearer, Soil scientist, Tertiary lecturer, Tree Surgeon, Valuer, Veterinarian, Viticulturist, Veterinary Nurse, Water Engineer, Winemaker, Wood Processing Worker, Wool Classer, Zoologist, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Heavy Truck Driver, Automotive Technician, Firefighter, Forestry and Logging Worker, Health and Safety Adviser, Meat/Seafood Process Worker, Marine Engineer, Biosecurity Officer, Farm Worker, Crop Worker, Crop Farmer/Crop Manager, Agricultural Field Representative, Groundsperson, Packhouse Worker, Groundsperson