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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare animals for slaughter 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114343  Prepare animals for slaughter 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:

Stunning, shackling, bleeding and electrical stimulation of animals to ensure optimal quality of end product. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:

1. Literacy and numeracy (NQF1)
2. Communication skills (NQF1) 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
General guide for scope, context and level

A learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes in this unit standard with regard to species which includes but are not limited to: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Horses, Ostriches, Crocodiles, Game.

The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision, but with access to work-site procedures, operating instructions and statutory requirements. Statutory requirements refer to:

1. Meat Safety Act, No 40 of 2000,
2. Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993,
3. Animal welfare,
4. Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, No. 54 of 1972.

And all regulations and directives promulgated there under 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Plan and prepare the stunning area. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Identifying and checking of equipment according to operational procedures.
2. Reporting of possible deviations according operational procedures
3. Checking sequence of operational procedures. (Stunning, shackling, bleeding, electrical stimulation.) 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reason for preparing equipment according to work site procedures is explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health and operational procedures are explained.
4. Consequences of not informing affected parties are explained.
5. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
6. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained
7. Reason for evaluating stunning and bleeding process according to operational procedures are explained) 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Perform stunning and bleeding process. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Wearing of personal protective clothing according to statutory requirements.
2. Following stunning, shackling and bleeding process according to operational procedures.
3. Determining effectiveness of the stunning process according to prescribed statutory and operational requirements.
4. Identifying and solving problems according to work site procedures.
5. Adhering to safety and hygiene procedures in the work area. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reason for preparing equipment according to work site procedures is explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health and operational procedures are explained.
4. Consequences of not informing affected parties are explained.
5. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
6. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained
7. Reason for evaluating stunning and bleeding process according to operational procedures are explained 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Perform electrical stimulation. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Following manufacturing specifications procedures and guidelines.
2. Adhering to safety standards and regulations.
3. Working according to Hygiene statutory requirements.
4. Adhering to operational and cleaning procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reason for preparing equipment according to work site procedures is explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health and operational procedures are explained.
4. Consequences of not informing affected parties are explained.
5. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
6. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained
7. Reason for evaluating stunning and bleeding process according to operational procedures are explained 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Complete stunning and bleeding process. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Restoring work place and equipment according to operational procedures.
2. Informing affected parties according to work site procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reason for preparing equipment according to work site procedures is explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health and operational procedures are explained.
4. Consequences of not informing affected parties are explained.
5. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
6. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained
7. Reason for evaluating stunning and bleeding process according to operational procedures are explained 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
Mechanisms and bodies for external moderation of learner achievements

An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.
Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
Knowledge that will help me understand and that I will be able to explain

1. Basic hygiene procedures during stunning, shackling, bleeding and electrical stimulation.
2. Principals of cleaning procedures.
3. Basic knowledge of animal care and behavior.
4. A general understanding of hygiene and safety procedures in a abattoir.
5. Principals of stunning, shackling, bleeding and electrical stimulation 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
N/A 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems in the stunning and bleeding area as well as equipment and take corrective actions. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with others in the process of stunning, shackling, bleeding and electrical stimulating animals. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organise and manage oneself by planning and preparing work area. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate with others during the process informing all relevant parties. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Use science and technology to ensure humane stunning and bleeding of animals. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Understand the world as a set of related systems by showing responsibility towards animals environment and health of others. 

UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
N/A 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
Values

All learners should demonstrate:
An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer principals. 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Core  48655   National Certificate: General Abattoir Processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
 
1. Abattoir Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 



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