There are many business opportunities available for people with a proper understanding of agricultural marketing. Study agricultural marketing online.
Learn to regenerate and improve the value of degraded farmland.
AVAILABLE SOON - Late 2022
Learn the principles and practices
underpinning commercial broad acre crop production (agronomy).
This course is useful for working with a variety of crops, including triticale, sorghum, and maize. Complement your farming studies or experience and seek employment
in the highly sought after field of agronomy!
Demand for agronomists is strong.
This animal behaviour course was developed and tutored by academics and practitioners from a background in agriculture, veterinary science and wildlife management.
This course provides an excellent foundation for working with animals in any situation: farms, zoos, veterinary practices, pet shops or even in the wild. The course looks at:
It also covers: problem behaviour and aggression, circadian rhythms, conditioning, learning, animal perception, causes of behaviour and much more.
Studying this course will enable students to evaluate behavioural characteristics in animals with which they are in contact.
Introductory studies in the Anatomy and Physiology of Animals
Use this course as a basis to:
Knowledge gained from studying this course provides a foundation for anyone who deals with animals, from the farmer or zookeeper to the pet shop proprietor or pet owner, to a zookeeper or wildlife manager.
ACS Student Comment:
"I think it is absolutely brilliant. I have never come across such a friendly, helpful staff and am so enjoying my course. I will definitely recommend ACS to anybody who wants to study"
Tanya Sadler - Animal Husbandry course.
Routine disease investigations are based on clinical, pathological and epidemiological evidence. If there is a need for conclusive identification of a disease or condition, an accurate laboratory diagnosis should be obtained. It is particularly important, especially in the case of infectious diseases that the final diagnosis rests on adequate aetiological evidence. In most cases disease investigations are carried out by qualified government stock inspectors and/or veterinarians. It helps for animal owners to understand and be able to recognise diseases conditions that may affect their animals, so that timely intervention can occur.
The professionals involved and regulations governing their scope of operation can vary from one country to another.
"I think it is absolutely brilliant. I have never come across such a friendly, helpful staff and am so enjoying my course. I will definitely recommend A.C.S to anybody who wants to study over the net.”
Learn Online about Animal Health.
An important aspect of good husbandry is to be able to identify and manage a vast range of diseases and conditions that affect animals. Through completing this course you learn to assess animal health, explain a variety of conditions and identify appropriate treatments or responses to a range of more common complaints or illnesses.
Specific topics include:
This self-paced, online learning course focusses on animal health care. You can start at any time to suit you.
Learn about animal care services and working with animals in a wide range of settings, such as - farm (production) animals, wildlife parks, or veterinary practices.
The course -
Learn to grow agronomic crops and produce bumper yields.
This diploma in agronomy is centred on teaching practical strategies in developing a range of crop and grassland systems.
Agronomy studies at diploma level will teach you how to manage soils and the tools needed for grains, roots, oils, fibre and legume crop growing. This course in invaluable for those seeking a future in agriculture.
Core areas of this course include:
You will study a range of crop production systems in this diploma.
Beef cattle have a useful and necessary role in agricultural production. Beef provides protein and some minerals and vitamins which are necessary to human health and which balance other nutrients that are obtained from plant foods. Animal protein (meat) contains amino acids which are essential to the growth and development of humans. Beef cattle convert grass and roughage (which can't be eaten by humans) into high quality human food.
"I find that I can apply my new knowledge directly on the property; all assignments are relative to real life". Chontelle, Beef Cattle student.
Plan and implement animal breeding programs using genetic theory, practical applications to daily husbandry practice, and management of animal breeding programs. This course includes a sound introduction to genetics. Relevant to any type of animal. Personal guidance from highly qualified and experienced animal scientists and practitioners. Topics covered include: introduction to genetics; selection; pure breeding; introduction to cross breeding; cross breeding and livestock improvement. using genetic theory, practical applications to daily husbandry practice, and management of animal breeding programs.
Animal breeding can be anything from a serious hobby, a part time business (breeding and selling pets), through to a very serious and possibly highly sophisticated profession. The course provides an excellent starting point whatever level you plan to operate at.
CALF REARING ONLINE COURSE
Avoid costly losses by using correct management procedures
Select and raise calves for specific purposes such as: dairy replacement heifers, veal and stud breeding. Identify and deal with health and other problems that may occur along the way. On successful completion of this course you will be able to independently analyse and make decisions about the requirements of calves. Lessons cover: calving and culling; calving management; health management; rearing systems and calf housing; weaning and post weaning care.
Student Comment: "I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to raise calves!!" R. Beitlich
There are real differences among the dairy breeds in size, maturity, fat content of the milk and other important features. However, success in dairying is much more dependent on the management of the farm than on the breed chosen. The choice of a dairy breed usually depends on one or more of the following:The breeding stock available in the area and the cost of these animals; The adaptability of the selected breed to local conditions such as climate, feed and grazing conditions; The reproductive capacity of the breed and its ability to produce good quality milk, and; Personal preference and past experience of the farmer.
This course aims to help you learn to independently analyse and make decisions about the management requirements of dairy cattle. A very solid foundation course developed in collaboration with industry and by our team of experts (agricultural and animal scientists, veterinary surgeons etc).
Student Comment: "The course was put together very well. It covered all the important aspects of dairy farming and offered some important practical hands-on information that other courses lacked. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel now that I have equipped myself to work on a dairy farm." K Mackenzie - Dairy Cattle course.
Topics covered include different dairy breeds, managing anything from one cow to a large herd and dairy products, lactation, breeding of dairy cattle, management of facilities, pests and diseases of dairy cattle and more.
Understand equine behaviour with this great distance learning course
Understand what motivates the behaviour of your horse
The study of equine behaviour provides a foundation for more sensitive and informed care and training of horses. Lessons cover genetics, perception and behaviour, communication and social behaviour, sexual and reproductive behaviour, learning and training and behavioural problems. Anyone who works with horses will get value from completing the course. Horses are large animals in relation to their human trainers and they cannot be trained safely or effectively using brute force. Having a deeper understanding of equine behaviour and intelligence will allow you to minimise the frustration you may often feel when trying to handle your horse.
Student Comment: "[The course] was more indepth than I thought it would be and it was information that I could apply with my own horses. The feedback was very helpful and it was information that could only have been gained from experience with horses. She would always answer any questions that I have and always had something positive and helpful to say!" Paula Grima, Australia - Equine Behaviour course
FARM MANAGEMENT COURSE
Analyse, diagnose and make decisions related to management of a farm business
The course relates to managing all resources, including; production, staff, physical resources, and natural resources. You will learn to analyse, diagnose and make decisions related to management of a farm business, deal with strategic planning, whole farm planning, and how to prepare a business plan.
The course was developed by John Mason (author of the top selling book "Farm Management", published by Kangaroo Press) together with a team including of agricultural scientists from across the globe.
Learn to grow Cotton, Jute, Sisal, Hemp, Coir and more.
STUDY FISH FARMING
Study Aquaculture Learn to farm freshwater aquatic animals.
Over the past 20 years aquaculture has grown into a very profitable business for large operations farming salmon and trout, and a few other selected species. The reason for this strong development has been the over exploitation of fisheries around the world resulting in lower numbers of catches in most of the classic fisheries (fishing grounds), coinciding with an increased demand for protein foods from fish and other water animals (crustaceans). According to the FAO report on global aquaculture (2006);
“Aquaculture, probably the fastest growing food-producing sector, now accounts for almost 50 percent of the world’s food fish and is perceived as having the greatest potential to meet the growing demand for aquatic food. Given the projected population growth over the next two decades, it is estimated that at least an additional 40 million tones of aquatic food will be required by 2030 to maintain the current per capita consumption”.
This timely course is primarily concerned with culture and care of fresh water fish and crayfish. Topics covered include production systems, water (e.g. source, purity, flow, temperature, dissolved oxygen), species (especially trout, barramundi and bass), stocking rates, spawning, checking stock, stripping, fertilization, hatching, growth stages, feeding, harvesting and more.
This goat husbandry course takes you step by step through how to properly care for goats and consider goat production for financial profitable in farming. Relatively hardy animals, they need less interaction and their woolly counterparts.
Learn to manage the daily requirements of a horse at grass
Evaluate conformation, understand the importance of dietary requirements to the horse, learn about the horses digestive system and the principles of feeding and watering your horse, use correct grooming procedures, develop appropriate management procedures and broaden existing knowledge of commercial opportunities in the horse world. Manage horses kept on pasture and learn relevant pasture management techniques to maintain productivity and prevent "horse sick" pastures. Improve your ability to handle horses using a range of different procedures.
Student Comment: "I learnt many new skills that are easily applied to day to day runnings" - A. Green
STUDY HORSE MANAGEMENT ONLINE
Develop your horse care knowledge further with this second horse care course
The course develops skills in the management of horses in a wide range of situations, including in particular stables. It still covers aspects of care that are still relevant to the horse at grass. While this course follows on from Horse Care I, it is not essential to have completed Horse Care I in order to enroll in this course.
The course covers the following topics: feeding and feeds, stabling, shoeing and hoof care, bedding, tack and fitting, and exercise and conditioning.
HOME STUDY ONLINE HORSE MANAGEMENT COURSE
Improve your equine health and welfare knowledge
Learn to manage health and condition of horses in different situations; to identify signs of poor condition, and address those problems appropriately, with an insight into the things that can stress a horse and increase it's susceptibility to problems. Know how to manage situations such as events, travel, and exposure to weather in order to minimise risk.
This course complements Horse Care I & II, but will also stand alone.
A Foundation course in Hydroponic Supply and Consultancy.
Develop a foundation of skills and knowledge, enabling you to confidently advise customers buying hydroponic supplies. Provide knowledgeable and informed support by developing guidelines for the successful culture of plants.
A Course For
This course does overlap significantly with Hydroponics I and with Home Hydroponics, and you should avoid doing more than one of those three. Home hydroponics is geared towards the hobbyist and is therefore less intensive academically, whilst Hydroponics I is a more broadly based course. Hydroponic Supply And Consultancy is written specifically for people who are in a position of supplying services or products to hydroponic growers, both amateur and trade.
This ten lesson short course covers the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of simple irrigation systems.
This course is similar to our horticulture irrigation courses (BHT210 and BHT304), but focuses on irrigation for agricultural purposes.
Irrigation may enable plants to be grown in a dry climate where it would not otherwise be possible, or it may supplement the existing rainfall and improve growth rates by extending the growth period of the plant, or by ensuring there is adequate moisture during critical periods when the plant is growing most rapidly.
The value of irrigation can vary greatly from year to year depending on the distribution of rainfall during the growth season.
ONLINE COURSE IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT
Design and operate large scale agricultural irrigation systems
This course builds on existing skills in irrigation and is therefore designed for students who have completed Irrigation BAG213 or similar courses. This course will develop students' ability to manage the design and operation of large scale irrigation systems for agricultural applications.
Natural Animal Health Care can help you to do this. Learn to care for animals naturally; to optimise their health through the way they are managed (e.g. their feeding). Learn the various ways illness or poor health can be identified and treated with natural therapies such as herbal medicine, tactile therapy, and other natural remedies. The course is relevant to both livestock, wildlife, and domestic pets.
STUDY ORGANIC AGRICULTURE ONLINE
Step forward with organic farming.
In the past organic farm production was often considered as being only for radicals or hippies. Now it is seen as a viable economic move – with benefits to the farm soil, to the environment, and to the purchasers of the products. There are many definitions of organic farming. A commonly accepted definition is “farming without the addition of artificial chemicals”. All kinds of agricultural products are produced organically – vegetables, fruit, grains, meat, dairy, eggs, and fibres such as cotton and wool. Many processed foods are also produced organically. Organic farming has been adopted by some farmers for economic reasons, others for ethical or sustainability concerns. Whatever the reason for going organic, there is no doubt this method of farming is here to stay.
Through this course gain a solid understanding of the systems and management techniques of organic farming for both crops and livestock. Learn to manage both plant and animal production in a more natural and environmentally sensitive way. Develop a sound foundation for understanding how to set up an organic farm, or convert an existing farm to organic practices.
Pastures are critical to many types of farms. The need to establish and maintain pastures is governed by the end result. Historically, the focus of pasture management has been on improving livestock production. In recent times there has been an increased focus on management for environmental sustainability and land restoration. So, while the general nature of this lesson may look at issues involved in pasture management for livestock enterprises, please bear in mind that similar principles apply to selecting plant varieties for land restoration purposes.
This comprehensive course investigates different pasture types, the structure, growth and development of grasses, grass identification, the establishment of new pastures, the importance of legumes in pastures, selection of pasture types, seed mix, management of existing pastures, native grasslands, weed control, limiting factors, managing stock on pasture, management works.
STUDY PET HEALTH CARE ONLINE
Excellent course for pet owners or anyone involved with a pet supply or service business.
This is valuable training both for people working with animals or for keen pet owners, providing a sound introduction to caring for a wide variety of different pets including dogs, cats, fish, birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles and amphibians. It covers the general principles of pet care, as they relate to a wide range of different types of pets.
The course complements Animal Care I, but you do not need to have studied Animal Care I in order to study this. It was recently revised with significant additions to course notes.
for commercial production, self sufficiency, or a hobby.
A sound foundation course that helps develop a broad understanding of pig biology and production; covering such things as breeding and selection, feeding, diseases, boar management, managing the sow and litter, fattening pigs, record keeping and more.
Learn to Manage Poultry for Profit, Pleasure or Home Egg Production
Of all livestock enterprises, poultry can be the least expensive and least demanding enterprises to set up. Whether a small flock for home use or a start up commercial farm, you don't need large acreage, and you can start seeing results from production much faster than you might see with other types of animal production.
Comment from a former ACS Student:
"I work in farm animal welfare (on a chicken campaign). It didn't make sense to work on a campaign about a subject I knew nothing about. The amount of research I did for each assignment taught me so much more than I ever could have learned on my own... I would just like to say how much I enjoyed this course and dealing with your school. I got answers quickly, and help was always available. You don't always find that in a correspondence school. My experience has been so positive I will be signing up for another course shortly". Hindy, UK.
The course covers all aspects of poultry care and management including: Terminology, Breeds, Nutrition, Diseases In Poultry, Layers, Broilers, Incubation, Brooding, Record Keeping, Economics & Marketing. A comprehensive course for both home chicken raising and farm workers.
Changes in the world’s natural resources, climate and economy all have a significant effect on Agriculture. If being part of such a complex and dynamic industry is important to you, then developing your knowledge and skills through this course is ideal.
This course is different to many others. It goes well beyond just teaching you the basic agricultural science skills, but incorporates a learning program that gets you involved with a variety of industry professionals to establish a network of contacts.
The relationships developed through volunteer and paid work, hobbies and hands-on work experience will put you in a perfect position to follow your career dreams. Learn more about alternative agriculture with this 900 hour distance learning course.
This Advanced Certificate consists of eight modules and a Research Project or 100 hour Industry meeting, covering Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Taxonomy (Classification), Behaviour etc. It also incorporates optional study in Environmental Assessment, a marketable skill for people who graduate with a good understanding of animals.
If appropriate Research Project I may be replaced by Industry Meetings (100 hour).
Train for a Career in the Equine Industry
Designed for managers, supervisors,or people who wish to work up to these positions within industry (e.g. At a riding school, race track, stud, farm). There are seven study units, plus a 200 hr workplace project on the horse industry. Four core units are common to all streams of this Advanced Certificate VBS001; while three specialist units relate to the care and management of horses.
The core units are Management, Office Practices, Business Operations and Marketing Foundations.Three horse care units coupled with the horse industry workplace project ensures that this comprehensive qualification is to a standard required in the horse industry.
Work in animal production at a technician or management level
Train to work in animal production at a technician or management level, for example, as a farm manager, technical representative, trainer, consultant or marketing manager. Modules include: Animal Husbandry, Pasture Management, Soil Science, Animal Breeding, Animal Behaviour, Animal Feed and Nutrition, Animal Husbandry, Horse Care, Cattle Production, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Aquaculture, Dairy Cattle Management, Calf Rearing, Irrigation, Engineering, Business Studies, Permaculture, Sustainable Agriculture, and Workplace Health and Safety.
Calling on environmentally intelligent farmers to lead the way in radically changing adverse agricultural practices!
Farmers are the frontline in dealing positively and proactively in managing environmental needs. When we think of complex ecosystems, natural habitats and endangered species, people need to realise these natural assets are literally in farmers’ backyards. Environmental concerns, global warming, and the looming food crisis are confronting all agricultural enterprises. There is an immediate need for agricultural leaders who can respond in an intelligent and environmentally aware manner.
This course provides is a solid training program for people wishing to work in alternative areas of agriculture at a technician or management level; in positions such as a farm manager, technical representatives, trainers or consultants. Or for farmers wishing to step out away from the out-dated profit-driven, chemical-based farming systems.
The "Age of Foolishness" is over - The key to success is to respond quickly and think laterally!
Success may be gained by looking outside the corporate-controlled agricultural environment toward creating new markets, by value adding, or by designing market niches not able to be readily filled by mass market competition.
Diploma level qualification in Equine Management and Training. Distance Learning
Graduates may find employment opportunities in any horse industry establishment including stables, stud farms, riding schools, veterinary practices, equine supply and service organisations/companies, event management, racing, horse training, etc.
This course focuses on key agricultural marketing and management skills through core modules in bookkeeping, agricultural marketing and farm management. These core subjects will develop your kowledge and understanding of farm level accounting processes, general farm management requirements, and the development and planning of farm marketing strategies.
Students select three elective modules that focus their studies on their particular area of interest.
Electives include: Sustainable Agriculture, Beef and/or Dairy Cattle production, Crops Production, Plant Production, Sheep Husbandry, Organic Farming, Hydroponics, Weed Control, Environmental Assessment and other subjects.
Designed for the new farmer or those aiming towards employment in this field.
This course will give you the knowledge and skills required to run or work confidently on a specialised or mixed farm. Core units equip you with all the basics needed for general animal health, farm management and all important marketing skills. Choose three elective units from a list that includes soil and pasture management and also gives you the opportunity to specialise in specific farm animals i.e. calf rearing, poultry, beef or dairy cattle etc. An excellent starting point to learn the fundamentals of farming.
Learn to grow broad acre commercial crops
Train for a career in animal health or animal welfare.
This is a comprehensive and highly practical course; for anyone who wants to better understand the health and wellbeing of animals. It is designed to provide a foundation for employment in any type of animal care job; whether pets, domesticated farm livestock or wildlife (captive or free).
This is a relevant course for all animal owners and farmers. During the course of your studies you will learn about animal breeds, behaviour, nutrition, animal health care issues and general management methods. You will research and learn to recognise different parasites and diseases that affect the well being of animals, and implement control strategies for common problems.
The choice of elective subjects allows students to structure their learning around topics that are relevant to their situation or interests.
This make for a highly adaptable qualification that is popular with many students.
EQUINE HUSBANDRY ONLINE COURSE
This is a highly recommended practical course designed to cover all aspects of caring for horses. You will learn about the anatomy, physiology, feeding, biology and general husbandry of horses.
The four core modules are Horse Care (I, II and III) and Equine Behaviour. Two elective modules can be chosen from: Animal Husbandry I (Anatomy and Physiology), Animal Husbandry II (Animal Health), Animal Husbandry III (Feed and Nutrition) and Animal Breeding.
The Certificate in Fish Care and Culture includes studies in aquaponics, aquarium management, and marine and fresh water aquaculture. A 600 hour course consisting of 6 modules - Marine studies I and II, Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture, Aquaponics and Aquarium Management.
Study fish care and culture in the comfort of your own home, supported by our highly experienced and qualified tutors.
Become a Technical Expert in the Care of Fish.
Learn to work in:
Controlled environment farming is becoming increasingly popular, resulting in a demand for highly qualified and knowledgeable staff in these areas. This unique qualifications enables you to study in all three areas. Improve your job and career opportunities or set up your own consultancy. Study by distance learning, learning from experts in these areas.
Many horticultural and agricultural products can become spoiled because of the internal chemical reactions that can cause ripening, fermentation and the growth of certain moulds and bacteria. These processes can be stopped altogether or slowed down significantly by storage at low temperatures.
Understand the science behind refrigeration. Learn what to cool, chill, refrigerate or freeze and how it is done.
Sheep are an important agricultural livestock that are bred for meat and wool worldwide. Careful and informed management of your flock will ensure increased productivity and efficiency. Aimed at professional and amateur graziers, the course provides you with the knowledge to run your sheep effectively and productively and will help you to develop your ability to independently analyse and make decisions about the management requirements of sheep.The course offers you the chance to understand more about the care and management of sheep.
Topics include: breeds; selection and breeding; nutrition; diseases of sheep; commercial flock management; lamb care; wool ;and the marketing of sheep and sheep products.
Soil Management is aimed at those wanting to learn about soils and how to improve the quality of soils. Soil is the foundation for profitable farming. There are many things that can be wrong with soil (eg. poor nutrition, chemical imbalance, structural problems such as drainage, lack of microbial life). Often minor and relatively inexpensive treatments can make a huge difference to productivity, but the problems need to be identified first, and that requires a solid understanding of soil theory and management practice.
Learn about soil properties and their requirements in agriculture, and how to apply that knowledge at a management level. This is a general soil management course involving: introduction to soils, nutrition, soil physics, chemistry, testing, problems, land degradation, soil management in farms and crops.
Sustainable agriculture is the way of the future
Today the pressure is on for farmers to work towards sustainable systems of farming which produce healthy, nutritious, affordable food and a dependable, secure food supply (without producing a negative impact on the environment). There are many concerns associated with moving a farm toward greater sustainability, these include environmental, commercial and social considerations. Sustainable farms should protect the environment, preserve open spaces, forests and wildlife and also encourage and conserve biodiversity, plus provide the farmer and farm workers with a good living.
This course is aimed at those who want to help the world move towards the preservation of our natural resources and to maintain the delicate balance of our ecosystems.
Developed by our principal, John Mason, author of the best selling book "Sustainable Agriculture 2nd ed." published by Landlinks Press (CSIRO) Click here to view an outline of this book
Learn to farm in Urban or City areas.
You will learn about both chemical and non-chemical control methods (e.g. mulching, burning, slashing), the use of spray equipment, and safety procedures which should be followed as well as investigating specific weed control programs and the development of a major weed control program.
This course of study is useful for students who are involved in Landcare groups, land rehabilitation, cropping, grazing, and government weed control operations.
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