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Grassroots Dairy
Graduate Management

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2025 programme applications open now!

25 Modules

Feb – Nov

Canterbury based

we're looking for graduates

We are looking for recent graduates who are ambitious and motivated to activate their dairy farming career. Become a part of a thriving industry that leads the world in the way we make milk and dairy products. You’ll get the flexibility to build your skills, the opportunity to network and push yourself professionally, and the support you need to bring your ideas to fruition.

No matter where your career takes you, our graduate programme will provide you with the foundation to grow and succeed.

how does it work?

Let our graduate programme take your dairy career to the next level

We will assist you (if necesary) in obtaining employment with a reputable, supportive farmer that has signed up to the Graduate Programme. You’ll be paid to attend the 25 modules run throughout the year and offered a competitive salary, similar or better to that offered in other rural professional graduate programmes.


  • Graduated with a Degree from a university  (doesn’t have to be an agricultural qualification!) within 3 years of application.
  • Ready to join the workforce in a full time capacity.
  • Motivated, eager to learn and progress in the industry.
  • Entitled to stay in NZ indefinitely.

Dairy Grad Programme

  • Advertises and recruits graduates.
  • Screens applicants.
  • Assists Grads in obtaining employment if necessary.
  • Administers the programme.


  • Hires the graduate on an employment agreement.
  • Pays an administration fee to the Grassroots Dairy Management Graduate Programme.
  • Helps facilitate 2 modules.
  • Provides a great working environment, sociable roster, learning culture and competitive pay.

the programme benefits


Modules presented by industry and business leaders


Graduates to be selected


Support and encouragement

hear from our graduates