Opportunity to test taste for farming

College students who think farming might be a career for them can “try before they buy” thanks to a free Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre one day taster course in Putaruru on October 9.

A free taster course may help students decide if farming is the career for them.

“This is an opportunity for anyone thinking about getting involved in agricultural training to have a ‘taste’ of what Taratahi training is all about,” says Taratahi marketing and communications Manager Yvonne Way.

“Taster courses are run through the school holidays and are the perfect way to ‘try before you buy’.  It’s such a big commitment for students to study full time, so this is a perfect way to see what it is really like before applying for a place.”

Taster students will enjoy a day that is jam-packed with activities such as fencing, stock movement, riding quad bikes, milking and lots more.

During the day taster students will also discover all the study options available at Taratahi, meet Taratahi staff and tutors and most taster students get an idea early on if they are interested in specialising in sheep or dairy, says Yvonne.

Taster courses fill up fast so if you are interested in enrolling call 0800 WAIFARM or email

In August 2014 Taratahi won the ‘Primary ITO Trainer of the Year’ award at the Beef+Lamb NZ Industry Awards and has been successfully training Kiwis for agricultural careers since 1919.  

Taratahi’s own assets or assets it manages on behalf of others, now have a value of more than $100m.  Taratahi has 50,000 stock units of sheep, beef and deer and milks 3250 cows per year.

It offers full-time courses, diploma programmes, extra mural study, short courses and STAR/Gateway programmes as well as the Primary Industries Trades Academy.

The main campus is based near Masterton in the Wairarapa, with non-residential campuses in Manawatu, Taranaki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Northland.


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