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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Harvest animal products: animal products systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116390  Harvest animal products: animal products systems 
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  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 achieving this unit standard will be able to manage harvesting, preparation and processing of animal products with full understanding of the significance of the components of the product, its storage, processing and packaging and the ability to assess various methods of the above.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in the harvesting of animal products 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 4: Manage the quality of the harvesting of animal products.
  • NQF 5: Develop and manage a data collection plant to support an agricultural enterprise.
  • NQF 5: Integrate marketing plan with the business process.
  • NQF 5: Develop and implement a food safety and quality management system in an agricultural supply chain. 

  • 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 
    Understand and identify all principles related to animal product production. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Principles in animal product production include but are not limited to the biology, biochemistry and physiology of the animal and the animal product produced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animal production processes within the animal are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose for the production of the product by the animal is understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application of the animal product by man is understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All natural factors that affect efficiency and effectiveness of animal product production are understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The harvesting and processing of animal products by man are understood and described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and understand animal production systems and the effects of harvesting animal products on the animal and on the product. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animal products include but are not limited to bee products (such as wax, honey, propolis, bee venom, brood, royal jelly), manure, urine and other excretions of animals, meat, horns, bones, skins, feathers, snake venom, silk, fibre, cochineal, whole (live or slaughtered) animals such as marine molluscs and crustaceans and insects such as mopane worms or animals for use in medical science and research, animal derivatives such as semen and ovaries (including eggs), glandular and endocrine products (including hormones and milk), animal body parts, animal work and services such as traction, pollination, guiding as applicable to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animal production, harvesting and processing systems are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The detailed effects of harvesting animal products on the animal and the animal's anatomical systems are understood and described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The effects of the harvesting of animal products on the animal include but are not limited to nothing whatsoever, relief, death (slaughter or use of whole animal), and stress.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of harvesting animal products and the various procedures used have on the product are understood and described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The effects of harvesting the product on the product include but are not limited to degeneration, waste, quality improvement, death.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and utilise opportunities in the animal product production environment that will allow the production and processing of animal products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animal product production environments include but are not limited to agricultural enterprises such as feedlots, ranges and semi-intensive systems, batteries, aquatic animal enterprises and mari-culture, apiculture, aviculture, sericulture as applicable to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Opportunities in the animal product production and processing environment are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Opportunities in animal product production and processing environment using acceptable business principles are utilised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The inherent business and personal risks involved in animal product production are understood. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand and implement processes and systems that will allow for the harvesting and processing of animal products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animal products include but are not limited to bee products (such as wax, honey, propolis, bee venom, brood, royal jelly), manure, urine and other excretions of animals, meat, horns, bones, skins, feathers, snake venom, silk, fibre, cochineal, whole (live or slaughtered) animals such as marine molluscs and crustaceans and insects such as mopane worms or animals for use in medical science and research, animal derivatives such as semen and ovaries (including eggs), glandular and endocrine products (including hormones and milk), animal body parts, animal work and services such as traction, pollination, guiding as applicable to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The preparation and planning of animal product harvesting and processing production systems are understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implementation of animal product harvesting and processing production systems are understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Business systems are planned and implemented to support the implemented animal product harvesting and processing systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Quality management procedures in the management of animal product harvesting and processing systems are planned and implemented. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify, understand and implement specific management of animals to produce products of constant quality and quantity for harvesting and processing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Special management of animals for animal product production includes but is not limited to the feeding of animals, the grooming of animals, the separation of types or genders or categories of animals from each other, the implementation of prophylactic or therapeutic medication, dosing or treatment regimes, breeding programmes for animals, juvenile management, housing, selection processes, movement and handling of animals as applicable to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The biological systems of animals that relate specifically to animal product production are understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors that affect efficient and effective production and harvesting of animal products including the implementation of standards are understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Biological principles in the management of animals used for the production of animal products are implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The use of commercial animal product production, harvesting and processing systems, is understood. 


    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:
  • Comprehension, identification and understanding of the specific animal product producing animal.
  • Animal science.
  • Sensory observation and evaluation of animal product production.
  • Management principles of animal product production, harvesting and processing.
  • Agricultural and natural chemical systems and processes involved in animal product production.
  • Animal biology and management.
  • Processing management.
  • Evaluation of the potential of animal product production systems.
  • The purpose of learning about animal products and production, harvesting and processing.
  • Basic agricultural systems.
  • Public relations.
  • Record keeping.
  • Observation and management of producing animals.
  • Evaluation of business risks. 

  • 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:
  • Identify and understand animal production systems and the effects of harvesting animal products on the animal and on the product.
  • Identify and utilise opportunities in the animal product production environment that will allow the production and processing of animal products.
  • Understand and implement processes and systems that will allow for the harvesting and processing of animal products.
  • Identify, understand and implement specific management of animals to produce products of constant quality and quantity for harvesting and processing. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpretation of information: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and understand animal production systems and the effects of harvesting animal products on the animal and on the product.
  • Identify and utilise opportunities in the animal product production environment that will allow the production and processing of animal products.
  • Understand and implement processes and systems that will allow for the harvesting and processing of animal products.
  • Identify, understand and implement specific management of animals to produce products of constant quality and quantity for harvesting and processing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal 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  49011   National Diploma: Animal Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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. Lere Business Trading Cc 
    2. Skills Fusion 
    3. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    4. Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute 



    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.