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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply and plan animal nutrition 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116430  Apply and plan animal nutrition 
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  12 
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 apply scientific animal nutrition knowledge towards strategic production planning.

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 show competence against the following unit standard or equivalent:
  • NQF 4: Explain intermediate animal nutrition. 

  • 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 
    Nutrition Theory: Understand the metabolism of nutrient components and factors influencing it. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All appropriate nutrient components: amino acids, fatty acids, sugars, fibres, vitamins and minerals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Digestibility and metabolism of nutrients are understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of imbalances in nutrients on animals are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Nutrient interactions within a diet are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Nutrition Theory: Understand the principles of qualifying nutrient requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All appropriate feed ingredients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to use animal feed tables to formulate rations for different species and categories of animals is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to determine feed quantities for groups of animals over time is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Groups include but are not limited to flocks, herds, swarms, colonies, troops, schools, and populations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to evaluate feeding tables for different animal species at different developmental stages and categories is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Nutrition Theory: Understand evaluation criteria for feed ingredients. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All appropriate types of feeds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to interpret analysis of feed ingredients is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to evaluate feed quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sensory criteria used to evaluate feed ingredients are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Nutrition Theory: Understand and apply feed formulation principles. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animal requirements and available ingredients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to allocate correct mixtures of feed to different species and categories of animals to satisfy their requirements for production, stimulation or maintenance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to identify nutrient imbalances in formulated feed mixtures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to develop adequate feed formulations and formulation charts is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Nutrition Theory: Calculate feeding levels for different animal species and categories. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, reptiles, birds, crustaceans, molluscs, fish and insects.

    Animal categories include but are not limited to juvenile animals, animals in lactation, animals in feeding cycles such as larvae, animals in preparation for slaughter, animals in production, animals utilised for work, animals on stable maintenance, animals that are pregnant and / or in mating cycles, animals requiring medication or treatment (preventative, management or operative), weaned animals, suckling animals or those receiving feed from their parent(s), animals to be prepared for production or recuperation (stimulation). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to plan and calculate the manufacture, mixing and supply of correct rations to different animals based on their stimulation, maintenance and production levels and requirements, is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to empirically evaluate the effect on animals of the feeds developed and produced is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Feed calculations are adapted according to the controls developed and the effects of feed rations developed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Feed Technology: Understand en determine quality control and corrective measures in feed conservation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Feed conservation and preservation techniques 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 CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to develop and use management plans for making high quality feed using preservation or conservation techniques is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to take measures to conserve or preserve feeds is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Evaluating and assessing the value of conserved feeds and of conserving or preserving feed is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Feed Technology: Interpret analysis, supply and availability of ingredients and feeds in animal maintenance, stimulation and production and feed flow management. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Ingredients may include but are not limited to water, fibre, energy, protein, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to interpret results of analysis and uses the data appropriately to create information, which can be used to make recommendations, is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to implement recommendations made, based on analysis and interpretation is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to recognise the potential, perceived and actual effects of the analysis and subsequent implementation of feed programs and feed flow and to draw conclusions from it is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to use feed evaluation and analysis to determine and control feeding programmes is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ability to determine seasonal fodders demand for specific animal species and categories is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The ability to prepare periodic feed flow plans is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Nutrition Management: Interpret feed evaluation results for use in animal production and feed flow management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of the concept and reality of feed flow management is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The planning of feed flow within animal production systems is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data collected from animal production and feeding systems are evaluated and interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Feed flow plans based on data collected are created. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Continuous feedback and control systems to adapt to interpreted results are created. 


    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:
  • Understanding metabolism of nutrients.
  • Systems.
  • Understanding and interpretation of evaluation criteria.
  • Ability to formulate feeds and determine feeding levels.
  • Understanding factors affecting quality of conserved fodder.
  • Familiarity with legal regulations regarding feed and feed registration.
  • Ability to interpret feed evaluation results and applies them in animal management.
  • Ability to develop feed flow plans. 

  • 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 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 outcomes:
  • Nutrition Theory: Understand the metabolism of nutrient components and factors influencing it.
  • Nutrition Theory: Understand the principles of qualifying nutrients requirements.
  • Nutrition Theory: Understand evaluation criteria for feed ingredients. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of Systems: 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.
     
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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.