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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand juvinile animal rearing practices 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116336  Understand juvinile animal rearing practices 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to understand and manage juvenile animal rearing systems. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture, animal husbandry and veterinary science.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in the rearing of specific juvenile animals 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 show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 5: Optimise Water Quality.
  • NQF 4: Explain Intermediate Animal Nutrition.
  • NQF 4: Explain Animal Classification and Natural History.
  • NQF 5: Apply and Plan Animal Nutrition. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    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 
    Demonstrate full understanding of use and care or maintenance of all equipment used in the nursery. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Equipment will include but is not limited to oxygen meters, microscopes, salinity refractometer, scales, thermometer, pumping equipment, generators and heating systems, as relevant to the context of application.

    The term "nursery" includes but is not limited to nurseries, hatcheries, aviaries, cages, and apiaries, rearing pens or isolated camps, as relevant to the context of application.

    Juvenile animals include but are not limited to young or immature stages or specific development phases of mammals, fish, birds, crustaceans, molluscs, reptiles or amphibians, such as larvae, pupae, lambs, poults, squabs, calves, foals or whatever they may appropriately be called, as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to calibrate, use and care for monitoring systems is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Full understanding of systems maintaining appropriate microenvironments such as pumps, heating, filtration, degassing, coverings, shelters and/ or other protective support systems is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to recognize and trouble-shoot malfunctions in all equipment and system is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A complete understanding and application of hygiene systems in the nursery is shown. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Full competence in equipment use and techniques relevant to that speciesis shown. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate the ability to plan and integrate systems to effect juvenile animal rearing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Systems will include but are not limited to spawning, settlement, rearing, hatching, feeding, sterilizing, treating, husbandry and handling, as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to describe and schedule each system in a nursery is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Successful juvenile rearing cycles by integrating all necessary systems are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ability to trouble-shoot problems arising and implementing corrective actions is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Posses a detailed knowledge of the biology of the species including reproduction. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Knowledge should include but is not limited to metamorphosing stages and timing of metamorphosis where appropriate, appropriate feed requirements per development stage, water and feed quality requirements, possible diseases, morphology, anatomy and physiology, as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Complete knowledge of the appropriate life cycle showing an ability to recognize and list specific requirements of each stage of development is shown. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An ability to manipulate systems to specific juvenile development stage requirements is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knowledge of different diseases affecting the juvenile animal rearing stages is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Dissection and microscopic techniques relevant to diseases that affect the various stages of juvenile animal development of the species are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Have complete knowledge of the feeding requirements of the juvenile animal species. 
    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, as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An ability to allocate correct quantity and type of feed to each stage is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Coordination of production of feed species to satisfy feeding requirements of the nursery is shown. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The term "nursery" includes but is not limited to nurseries, hatcheries, aviaries, cages and apiaries, rearing pens or isolated camps.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An ability to control rate of feed supply to match juvenile animal feeding requirements is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to develop feed programs according to juvenile animal species is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Have full knowledge of and follow strict procedures for the rearing phases and be able to trouble shoot abnormalities. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Procedures include but are not limited to: observation, reporting of deviation from the norm including suggestions for improvement of systems to be improved by management or for development purposes (Research and development). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sophisticated record keeping with an understanding of deviations from the norm is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An ability to interpret the deviations both in procedures and development of species in order to correct and offer suggestions or solutions to management is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding of reporting requirements must be demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The knowledge on procedures to diagnose abnormalities must be indicated clearly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Know and apply correct hygiene procedures for the whole facility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This will include but is not limited to: staff hygiene, good management practices, minimizing contamination of systems, sterilizing methods, treatment, quarantine and diseases prevention, as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Full knowledge of disease problems, treatments, and prevention must be demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A full knowledge of sanitation methods and substances use must be demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Extensive knowledge of biodegradability and its effect on juvenile animals must be demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knowledge of bacteria, contaminants, viruses and other causes of unhygienic conditions and the transmission of resultant diseases must be demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Good management practices are applied. 


    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:
  • Basic comprehension and understanding of identification of groups of nutrients, ingredients and feeds in animal maintenance and production.
  • Identifying feed ingredients.
  • Maintaining and operating juvenile rearing systems.
  • Competence in analysing and troubleshooting abnormalities in juvenile animal rearing systems and apply corrective measures.
  • Familiarity with feed and water quality requirements and equipment utilization.
  • Awareness of sensory indicators involved in the rearing of juvenile animals.
  • Ability to interpret abnormal feeding behaviour.
  • Record keeping and analysis. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to outcomes:
  • Demonstrate full understanding of use and care or maintenance of all equipment used in the nursery.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and integrate systems to effect juvenile animal rearing.
  • Have complete knowledge of the feeding requirements of the juvenile animal species.
  • Have full knowledge of and follow strict procedures for the rearing phases and be able to trouble shoot abnormalities.
  • Know and apply correct hygiene procedures for the whole facility. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information Evaluation: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Self-development: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Inter relatedness: 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  49011   National Diploma: Animal Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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.
     
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    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.