New Zealand Dairy Careers (NZDC) in collaboration with Farm Relief Services (FRS) is excited to introduce a unique Work Exchange Scheme approved by Immigration New Zealand.

Explore New Dairy Horizons

This programme is designed for young dairy farmers aged 18-30 from both New Zealand and Ireland, aiming to broaden their horizons and enhance their skills through international experience.

NZDC, recognized by Immigration New Zealand as the sole accredited organization for the dairy industry, offers this exclusive scheme to enable past participants of the Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand another opportunity to return. This partnership with FRS reflects our commitment to nurturing global agricultural cooperation and empowering the next generation of dairy professionals.

Exchange Experience

Participants will engage in a 12-month paid placement, gaining firsthand experience in diverse dairy farming practices. Irish participants will explore New Zealand's vibrant dairy sector, enhancing their skills and understanding of different agricultural practices. Conversely, New Zealand participants will travel to Ireland, where they will work alongside local dairy farmers, learning from the best in the field.

  • For Irish in New Zealand: Experience the expansive dairy farms of Canterbury and other regions, with jobs that not only pay well but also allow time for travel and leisure.
  • For New Zealanders in Ireland: Join the close-knit farming communities and learn about intensive dairy farming, animal housing, and welfare practices.

Key highlights of the NZDC-FRS Work Exchange Programme include

  • Irish citizens who have already used their New Zealand Working Holiday Visa allocation are also eligible to apply for this Work Exchange Scheme
  • Paid job placements for young New Zealanders on dairy farms in Ireland with average wages ranging from €12.72 to €13.50 per hour.
  • Paid job placements for young Irish on dairy farms in New Zealand with average wages ranging from $25 to $33 per hour.
  • On-the-job training in various aspects of dairy farming, including animal health, pasture management, and farm maintenance.
  • Accommodation options, pastoral support services, assistance with visa applications, travel arrangements, through to airport transfers.

Participant Testimonials

Simon Henderson from New Zealand: "Working in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, has been enlightening. The support from FRS makes integration seamless, and learning about enclosed dairy farming has been invaluable. I’ve also had the chance to travel across Europe during my stay."

Molly from Ireland: "Living and working in Canterbury has been life-changing. The work-life balance here is fantastic, allowing ample time to explore New Zealand’s stunning landscapes."

How to Apply

Applications are now open to citizens of Ireland and New Zealand who are between 18 to 30 years old and possess at least 12 months of practical farming experience. For more details on eligibility and to apply, please visit:

Join us in shaping the future of dairy farming, one global experience at a time.