Year 11 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 

Geographic distribution - Exploring what is grown and where in New Zealand and why they are grown/produced there. Includes exploring factors like topography, climate, soil and market factors.

Livestock Production - Exploring concepts such as livestock health, nutrition and reproduction and how they impact the production of your product. Livestock we explore in this unit include, but is not limited to, cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, deer. As part of this unit, we will visit a farm to see these concepts in action on a farm (either a dairy or sheep/beef farm)

Plant management practices and physiology - Exploring concepts such as plant structure, function and processes. As well as management practices such as cultivation, irrigation, training, planting and protection. This unit utilises the vegetable garden we have available in the school 

Environmental considerations - Exploring the everyday practices undertaken on a farm or orchard exploring how these have impacts, negative or positive on the different aspects of the environment (soil, water, air and living organisms)

Practical Skills - Gaining practical skills applicable for the primary sector such as wire knots, setting up temporary electric fences, preparing a seed bed for sowing, planting seedlings, setting up and using spray packs. 


Year 12 Earth and Space Science, Year 12 Environmental Science, Year 12 General Science, Year 12 Primary Industries, Year 12 Primary Industries Academy

Contributions and Equipment

1 x 1E5 or 1B5 (or equivalent)

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, Caretaker, 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, Helicopter Pilot, 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, 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