Business by the Numbers

Get practical techniques and confidence to manage the numbers in an agribusiness.

What is this course about?
    • Build a positive and profitable financial plan for going forward
    • Learn alongside other farmers and from farmers (Dairy Training tutors are farmers)
    • Investigate future options for big-picture goals like self-employment or growing your sharemilking or farming business
    • Communicate with your bank and accountant to get the support and understanding you need
    • Feel comfortable in a supportive, interactive and user-friendly learning environment for all levels
    • Balance learning with other commitments
    • Qualify with the Business by the Numbers credential (15 Level 5 credits).
    • Learning or enhancing your budgeting skills
    • Collecting good financial information
    • Learning tools for good financial decision-making
    • Developing annual budgets
    • Calculating milk income (an introduction)
    • Estimating and tracking monthly expenses
    • Predicting your working capital (OD) requirements.
Course requirements

You will be required to complete an assessment to demonstrate your learning. You must bring a laptop (ideally) or device to course days to access course materials, editable documents, and assessments.

2024 Courses


This free course includes 3 part-days (10am to 2pm).

  • Gore (15 Oct, 29 Oct and 12 Nov)
  • Feilding (15 Oct, 29 Oct and 12 Nov)
  • Te Puke (16 Oct, 30 Oct and 13 Nov)
  • Ashburton (1 Nov, 11 Nov and 29 Nov)


This free course includes 6 sessions (Thursdays, 7 to 9pm).

  • Zoom (7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 28 Nov, 5 Dec and 12 Dec)

Enrolments close one week before each course’s start date.


Enrol now

Complete the 10-minute course enrolment form. You’ll be required to upload a photo or digital copy of suitable identification (passport, work visa, or birth certificate). You can save the form mid-way if you wish to continue later.

Cost (inc GST)

$249  Free

Who is it for?

For managers, self-employed or those considering self-employment.

Dates / Duration

    • Short course (3 part-days in-person, or online)
    • Held between milkings
    • Small class sizes (limited numbers)


Business by the Numbers micro credential (15 Level 5 credits)

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