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 Learning

The farms are commercial operations, providing real farming experiences for students. Skills, knowledge and understanding are key components of our programmes. Having access to on-farm, practical experience, provides students with work-ready skills such as punctuality, attitude and work ethic - all of which are highly valued by employers.

As part of our learning model, students also gain practical experience on local farms and high country stations.


Telford has large commercial scale dairy, sheep & beef and deer farms, with a total effective farming area of 670ha. The farms aim to perform in the top 25% for their land class.  

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Enrolling now for 2019

Enrolling now for 2019

Telford, open for business in 2019! We are now taking enrolments for agriculture, equine, apiculture and rural veterinary technician skills programmes, starting in the new year!

Fees Free Study in 2019

Fees Free Study in 2019

Get free fees for your first year of study at TelfordNew government policy means that students starting tertiary education for the first time in 2019 will get one year of full-time study fees-free. To check your eligibility for fees free study, check the Fees-free 2019 Student Guide or

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