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Does this sound familiar?

You always planned to live your green dream:

To enjoy the freedom

To escape from the noise and the nonsense

To work with nature

To build a future

To protect and preserve the very best of New Zealand

Attention lifestyle farmers, wannabe lifestyle farmers

and experienced lifestyle farmers - this is for you...

Master the secrets of lifestyle farming in NZ to save you money, time, and heartache.

In-depth courses written specifically for lifestyle farmers in New Zealand. Live group workshops featuring experts answering your questions. Downloadable ebooks. Helpful handouts and bonus extras!

  • Choose the animals that best suit your block, understand from the start what you're getting into

  • Understand the legal requirements you need to know to keep livestock in NZ (avoid hefty fines)

  • Avoid costly mistakes by understanding your animals and what they need

  • Know when you need to get help - and when you don't - make the important decisions with confidence

  • Understand what's normal so you can act fast when things aren't normal

  • Plan for success right from the start and avoid nasty surprises

  • Enjoy your dream knowing your animals are happy and healthy

  • Learn how to care for older animals, to ensure your animals live to a healthy old age

We get it

Lifestyle farming is not always easy.

There are a lot of skills to learn, a lot of factors to juggle and a whole lot of stuff you don't even know you need to know!

It can be overwhelming.

It can be lonely.

But it doesn't need to be.

Grow your potential

The highly practical and solution-oriented Lifestyle Farming Academy will help you to become a confident, expert lifestyle farmer.

In the Lifestyle Farming Academy, you'll master everything from choosing the right livestock, nutrition, production, breeding, health care and more....

Save time, money and heartache with tips direct from NZ's top experts.

Included in the Academy

Online courses

Live workshops


Study on your own terms with 24/7 access

Online quizzes and testing with instant results

Downloadable Course books

Revisit any lesson as many times as you like

Access from anywhere across multiple devices

Who is the Academy for?

  • New lifestyle farmers who want to upskill quickly

  • Experienced lifestyle farmers who want to learn new tips & tricks

  • Wannabe lifestyle farmers who want to make smart decisions from the start


Dr Sez (of Sez the Vet), BSc, BVSc

Renowned lifestyle block veterinarian

Dr Sez is a lifestyle block vet, with a passion for caring for the backyard farm pet.

Born and raised on a lifestyle block, she grew up around goats, sheep, chooks, horses and more, developing a passion for caring for and bettering the welfare of our farm animals from a young age.

Dr Sez initially studied animal behaviour, further fuelling her passion, before returning to New Zealand to become a qualified vet. She now works with lifestyle blocks across the country, offering support and improving education around animal care.

Dr Sez also runs the YouTube channel ‘Sez the Vet’, airing interesting and topical weekly episodes on the health of your farm animals.

The academy includes all of our published courses covering the day to day care of livestock

13 full courses

Live Monthly Workshops


Over 20 hours of video

Academy membership also includes:

  • detailed course books

  • downloadable resources

  • video extras

  • bonus webinar

If you're new to lifestyle farming start here:

Before you take a leap into the unknown, learn the essentials about keeping livestock. What each species needs, what the law says, what you'll need and how not to break the bank!

What you need to know to keep


Dig in deeper here:

What you need to know to keep


What you need to know to keep


What you need to know to keep


What you need to know to keep



Health & Husbandry


Health & Husbandry



Giving injections

Sheep breeding

Breeding & Genetics

Cattle breeding


LSB Guide to Fire Safety

Learn what rural firefighters need you to know.

LSB Guide to Fencing

Time saving tips and practical advice

10 things I wish I'd known before I bought my block

Save time, money & heartache with these tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is The Lifestyle Farming Academy for?

The Lifestyle Farming Academy is for anyone who wants to keep learning and perfecting their lifestyle farming skills. If you want access to NZ's top experts to help you reach your own green dream then this is for you.

How much is it to join the Academy? How will I be charged?

We think you'll love being with us, but we want you to be sure. Give us a try FREE for 30 days, check out what we have to offer. Jump in on our live workshop, check out the courses at your fingertips, and if it's not for you then cancel any time before the 30 days is up. After 30 days you will be charged at $56/month until cancellation.

When you sign up you will get immediate access to all training included in the Academy from the first payment. Unless you cancel your subscription, you will then be automatically charged each month. Your payment will be deducted from your nominated payment method every 30 days.

You can cancel your subscription at any time by emailing us on  As soon as you cancel, you immediately cease to have access to all of your training.

Will my monthly membership fee increase?

Not if you stay a member.There may be price increases for new members as the program changes, updates and continuously evolves.

However, when you join the Lifestyle Farming Academy, you lock in your monthly membership rate for LIFE, provided that you never cancel.  If you keep your membership, you keep your price - even if the price goes up for new members.  However, if you cancel your membership, or it lapses/fails a payment, you will lose your ‘existing pricing’ rights and will be required to re-join at whatever the public rate is at that time.

Can I cancel my membership?

Yes. You can cancel your membership at ANY time by emailing and your membership will be cancelled within 1-3 working days. There are no minimum membership periods. You can re-join at any time. Note that this is a membership, and just like a gym membership, there are no refunds.

How do I access the training and workshops?

As soon as you sign up, you will be sent your log in details to Academy portal (this usually takes a couple of minutes max). This gives you full access to the portal of training, the ebooks, the calendar of all of the workshops and links.  You also have a mobile app that allows you to watch our training on your mobile device. You will need to log in with your own log-in details each time you access your training, using 2-factor-authentication. It is recommended that you save the Academy web page (which has the log in button on it) to your favourites so that it is easy to find next time.  You will also be sent a welcome email with the link to your member's area for your reference.

Do I have to become a member to access the courses?

No. You can purchase the online courses and ebooks individually for a one-off fee.Simply go to the 'ALL COURSES' page, click on the course images and you can purchase singular courses individually.  Note, if you purchase courses individually, you get one year access to the course. If you join the membership, you only have access for as long as you are a member.

Will I get new courses and content?

Yes. All members will have new live workshops and workshop recordings automatically added to their member dashboard each month at no extra cost to their monthly subscription.  New courses and ebooks will be added as they are created.

Still have Questions?

The Lifestyle Farming Academy

Here's what you'll get:

COURSES: You get on-demand access to all 13 of our highly practical courses to help you at every stage of your lifestyle farming journey, whenever you need it (value over $2,300)

LIVE WORKSHOPS: You're invited to live monthly workshops with NZ experts focusing on one specific area of lifestyle farming to keep everyone improving their skills. These workshops allow you to ask questions about any aspect of lifestyle farming

WORKSHOP RECORDINGS: 'Video Vault' of past workshop recordings, building month by month

EBOOKS: Access to LSB guides and ebooks on Fencing, Soils, Fertilisers and more...


Fast track your farming know-how now!


I highly recommend the LSB courses

I realised that having good information in one location from someone I can trust was far better than constantly trying to find information.

The other good thing about the courses is that they are New Zealand based and therefore the information is relevant to me.

I have found the courses to be very informative. They not only cover topics that help you keep your animals happy and healthy but also cover legal requirements which, when it comes to cattle, are very important to know.

by Katie

Really helpful tips, especially the visuals or videos attached

Really great, love how it is broken into smaller modules and can work on at your own pace. Really helpful tips, especially the visuals or videos attached.

Since completing the course we have added shelter for the flock, a foot trough in the yards and a ramp for getting sheep onto a trailer all which have made it easier to manage the animals.

It's a very easy and informative way to learn a lot about your animals or even if you are considering getting some it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

by Cam

The course was even better than I had hoped for.

Very easy to follow and quite comprehensive. It covers so much and some topics that I hadn’t though of or found much info on.

Being able to go back and redo parts of the course is very helpful plus the fact that I can go back at anytime and refresh my memory is most helpful…at my age 😊

The course is great for new herd owners and also, I believe that experienced herd owners will find a few things in it that they might have forgotten or not known.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who owns or plans to own cattle.

by Richard

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