Telford Farm

Introduction to Telford Farm Units

The Telford Campus began as the Telford Farm Training Institute in 1964, resulting from successful negotiations by a group of South Otago residents who were keen to see an agricultural training facility established in the area. The land was made available from the family of William Telford and it is administered by the Telford Farm Board of Management (the Board) according to the terms of the Telford Act of Parliament 1964.

The History of Telford Farm

Telford operated as the Telford Farm Training Institute without any government assistance from 1964 to 1974. In 1974 a partnership was made between Telford Farm Training Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, (MAF), whereby the Board was responsible for the farms and the MAF was responsible for the education. In 1989, the Ministry of Education replaced MAF as partner, and in February 1991, Telford became a polytechnic with a council elected to operate the campus and educational facilities, alongside the Board.

Made up of representatives of a wide range of farming organisations, which assisted Telford to get established, the Board has a statutory responsibility for managing the farms. The purpose of the farms is to provide a commercially realistic "classroom" for students to learn practical farming skills

Practical Training

The farms are commercial operations, providing real farming experiences for the students.  Punctuality, attitude and willingness to learn are key attributes the managers are looking for. Students are not expected to experience all aspects of work on the Telford farms during the year, but the managers will give as much variety as possible. Local farmers and high country stations are becoming increasingly involved with one-on-one training


Telford has large commercial scale sheep/beef, dairy, deer and Forestry units with a total land mass of 921ha. The farms aim to perform in the top 25% for their land class and regularly achieve this. We also conduct a wide range of research including being the DairyNZ Otago Regional Dairy Demonstration Farm and a SIDDIC Dairy Monitor farm and have contracts with organisations such as AgResearch and Clutha Vets for a range of on-farm trials such as lamb growth, drench efficacy and winter crop options.  In 2014 Telford joined the FarmIQ programme and has started EID tagging all its sheep and deer wit the aim of monitoring growth rates and performance and lifting production.  FarmIQ - Telford Farm


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Enrolling now for 2018

Enrolling now for 2018

Telford, open for business in 2018! We are now taking enrolments for agriculture, equine, apiculture and rural veterinary technician skills programmes, starting in the new year!

Fees Free Study in 2018

Fees Free Study in 2018

Get free fees for your first year of study at TelfordNew government policy means that students starting tertiary education for the first time in 2018 will get one year of full-time study fees-free. To check your eligibility for fees free study, check the Fees-free 2018 Student Guide or

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