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What are the 4 types of animal husbandry?

Animal husbandry refers to the practice of rearing animals for consumption or for the use of products created by these animals. The care and correct maintenance of these animals in a farming environment is of the utmost importance.

There are 4 main types of animal husbandry that remain the most predominant in the modern agricultural industry:

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Cattle farming

Cattle farming, divided into the beef and dairy sectors, involves the rearing of cows for meat and dairy consumption, dairy being one of the biggest industries in New Zealand. Here at My Learning Online, we have an extensive range of cattle-led husbandry courses to choose from, equipping you with all the necessary tools and skills you will need to care for cattle correctly. 

Farming and Agriculture are huge industries across New Zealand with lucrative job opportunities for those people not afraid to roll up their sleeves. Cattle farming makes up a large part of this industry, with New Zealand boasting some of the finest cattle across the globe.

Our cattle farming course will teach not only Beef Cattle but also Dairy Cattle and is ideal for beginner learners and those who have already completed studies in agriculture and farming.

Being one of the more comprehensive and specific Beef Cattle and Dairy Cattle courses online, this course has been specifically designed from the ground up by industry professionals to put you in good stead to develop a strong foundation in the industry and elevate your expertise above others looking for entry-level employment in this highly competitive industry.

Job opportunities are vast in this industry, and this course is perfect for those looking to break into the industry in either Beef Cattle or Dairy Cattle or for those already working in the industry looking to get an edge on competitors or progress in their role.

Poultry farming

Farming poultry involves the keeping and caring of birds, such as chickens, geese, and turkeys, rearing them for either meat or egg production. The keeping and farming of poultry contains many elements that must be expertly implemented to ensure a healthy flock. 

Those undertaking poultry farming will need to get to grips with correct feeding and nutrition measures for the different birds, creating a sustainable environment in which the birds can thrive, preferably taking a free-range approach to keep the birds in their natural environments and, therefore, in the best form for meat and egg production. Poultry farming also comes with risks of diseases like bird flu and infections that will spread quickly throughout a flock. Poultry farmers will need to be equipped with the knowledge of how to apprehend and manage outbreaks such as this.

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Fish farming

Aquaculture is an increasingly popular farming industry in New Zealand – the farming of fish such as King salmon, green-lipped mussels, and Pacific oysters among some of the most predominant in the region.’

With the mass farming and demand for fish becoming greater than ever, there has been more focus on ensuring biosecurity within this farming sector, with strict environmental management, aquatic animal health, and food safety measures being implemented to ensure a more sustainable and healthy way of farming sea life. These practices are vital in maintaining a healthy and undisturbed natural environment for aquatic life, making for a better outcome for both wildlife and the consumer.


Apiculture is the practice of keeping bees for honey and beeswax production, as well as for pollination purposes. Apis mellifera – more widely known as the European honey bee – are the most commonly kept bees in New Zealand regions, and their hives run like a well-oiled machine, worker bees out earning the bread to maintain the queen and colony. Using chemicals and signaling movements, the bees work as one to communicate with one another and get the job done. The result is sweet, spreadable nectar, natural wax that can be used in a variety of useful and sustainable ways, and a thriving, well-pollinated environment.

We often hear the term ‘save the bees’ – but how important is this really? Well, put it this way: without bees, there is no pollination; without pollination, plants don’t grow, and without plants that provide food and oxygen for the planet, we will not survive. And with the looming environmental damage being done worldwide, it is more important than ever to ensure the health and wellbeing of our stripy little friends.

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Thinking of a career in animal care?

Passionate about the safety and care of animals in the farming industry? Want to enter a highly competitive and well-paid sector? Well, perhaps one of our animal care courses could be the right fit for you! 

With our animal husbandry courses covering a wide variety of pathways, from livestock management, cattle farming, both in the beef and dairy industries, as well as a combined course in both sheep and cattle farming, there is sure to be a course to suit your needs.

And we don’t just stop at animal husbandry – why not check out our other animal courses? We have an eclectic range of animal and wildlife courses, covering pretty much every animal type going. We have an assortment of dog grooming and training courses, professionally tailored animal welfare courses, veterinary assistant courses, as well as an array of equine-focused certificates and specialist zoology courses.

Enrolling in an animal studies course online gives you the time and flexibility to work your studies around your busy schedule and lifestyle – with 24/7 access to your online learning, you can complete your course at a pace that suits you.

All of our courses come with a downloadable brochure, providing more information on course content and modules, assessments, online learning, and tutor support. And to ensure that financing your studies is a little bit more manageable, we offer course fee payment plans too.

If you have any questions about enrolling in one of our animal husbandry or animal and wildlife care courses, our course consultants are on hand to guide and advise you, getting you to where you need to be.

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