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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain intermediate animal nutrition 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116282  Explain intermediate animal nutrition 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 
The learner must understand and apply the scientific and technical principles of animal nutrition, feed, technology and feeding management. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in animal feeding and nutrition and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 3: Explain elementary Animal Nutrition.
  • NQF 4: Explain Functional animal Anatomy and Physiology.
  • NQF 3: Maintain water quality parameters.
  • NQF 4: Plan and maintain environmentally sound agricultural processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the composition and functions of specific nutrient components and feed ingredients. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Nutrient components include but are not limited to amino acids, fatty acids, sugars, fibres, vitamins and minerals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The key chemical features of nutrients are compared. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functions of nutrients are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The compositions and functions of various feed ingredient are compared. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Nutrient toxicity are explained and identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret the nutrient requirements of different animal species and categories. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This identification includes, but is not limited to fish, birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, reptiles and amphibians. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specific requirements for nutrients of different species and/or production categories, maintenance or stimulation are distinguished between. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Nutrient imbalance signs are recognised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Animal feed tables are interpreted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform the calibration and adjustment of feed manufacturing and processing equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This identification includes, but is not limited to fish, birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, reptiles and amphibians as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate adjustments on feed equipment for mixing/manufacturing of relevant feeds/mixes are performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Complex adjustments of feed equipment for maintenance of feed quality are calibrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Feed manufacturing and processing plants, equipment and machinery are operated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Feed processing or manufacturing systems are recommended. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the principles of feed preservation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Feed includes but is not limited to whole animals, animal products, natural vegetation and veld, planted crops, pastures, hay, silage, dry concentrates, algeal cultures and complete feeds and supplements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All the various influences on effective feed preservation or spoilage are identified and explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Influences include but are not limited to weatherproofing, pest-control, fire prevention and fire protection procedures, vandal proofing, preservation (freezing, cooling, dehydration, chemical or bacterial preservation), escape proofing and theft proofing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Factors affecting feed quality are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Various feed preserving techniques are applied and implemented. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply quality control measures that affect feeds. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All appropriate quality control measures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sensory and chemical quality characteristics of preserved feed are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to create on farm feed quality standards for preserved feed are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Animal feeds are sampled and evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Spoilage in animal feeds is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Feed quality maintenance systems are proposed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Apply the relevant standards of different purchased feed ingredients and complete feeds. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All relevant feed standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to compare the quality of feed ingredients and complete feeds with standards described by the Farm Feed Act (Act 36 of 1947). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to develop on farm nutrient variability standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Interpret the effects of feed evaluation results towards feeding management decisions and future food selection. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All relevant feed evaluation data e.g. feed conversion ratios, feed intake values and growth rate values, nutrient composition of feeds and feed ingredients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to understand the concepts of the various applicable data and information, as well as the factors that may influence it. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to interpret feed evaluation results in terms of future feed selection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to develop on farm feed evaluation procedures and standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Apply feed flow planning principles. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All relevant fodder flow planning principles including natural vegetation, pastures and preserved fodder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to distinguish seasonal productivity of different feed sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Feed utilisation and conversion of different feed types are compared and evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to interpret feed flow programmes to meet animal stimulation, production and maintenance requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Intermediate comprehension and understanding the roles of specific nutrients, ingredients and feed components.
  • Intermediate comprehension and understanding of nutrient requirement of different animal species and categories.
  • The understanding and interpretation of observed and measured quality characteristics and standards.
  • Interpretation and application of on farm feed performance results.
  • Develop communication skills - presentation of information.
  • Develop interpersonal skills and supervision responsibility.
  • Understanding of concepts and interpretation of carrying capacity, feed supply, fodder flow planning and overall feed flow planning and external influences on feed supply.
  • Understanding of feed processing.
  • Understanding of appropriate feed regulations (Act 36 of 1947) . 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: relates to outcomes:
  • Interpret the nutrient requirements of different animal species and categories.
  • Perform the calibration and adjustment of feed manufacturing and processing equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Management: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Technology and Science: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all outcomes. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48979   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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. AVCASA 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Bathopele HR and Management Consultants 
    4. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    5. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    6. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    7. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    8. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    9. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    10. Mvelo Consultant 
    11. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    12. Setlakala Business Development 
    13. Skills Fusion 
    14. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    15. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    16. Tripple R Training Provider 
    17. Vari Consulting 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.