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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage post-brooding broiler production activities 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119396  Manage post-brooding broiler production activities 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 3  NQF Level 03  15 
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 
To manage the production process to optimal standards for broilers. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Maintain the poultry house in optimum condition for rearing broiler chicks. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Water system, feeders, environment, bedding, hygiene, preheating, fumigation, relative humidity. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The objectives of setting and adjusting the equipment is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Settings conducive to optimal startup, feeders and drinkers accessible for chicks.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The reasons for maintaining high levels of sanitation are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The recording and monitoring of the environmental data as per company procedure, is described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Temperature, relative humidity.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The consequences of not preparing the environment in the poultry house, are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Conduct bedding management to optimize broiler health and performance. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Moisture and temperature control, watering equipment, evaporative cooling, cold spots, ammonia levels, turning of bedding, caking of bedding, foot pad and hock burn, cilia of respiratory tract, dermatitis. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The factors affecting ammonia development in bedding is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The handling of bedding for efficient moisture evaporation during a production cycle, is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The effect of bedding condition on chick health and carcass quality is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Monitor and manage the environment to ensure the ideal conditions for the production of broilers. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Heat/moisture production, body mass gain and air temperature, air volume and speed, velometer, minimum/maximum ventilation, moisture and dust removal, floor density, feeder and watering space, effect of temperature on feed intake, evaporative cooling, light programs for broilers. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The effect of age on heat and moisture production by broilers is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The measurement of air velocity and volume in mechanically ventilated buildings is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The effect of air temperature on the moisture holding capacity of air is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The effect that bird density has on feeding, watering and ventilation requirements is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The reasons for utilising cooling systems for broilers are detailed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The effect that light programs have on growth rates are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Manage feeding programs to promote optimum growth. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Feed management, types of feed, diet structure, feed consumption, body mass checks, ionophores, coccidiostats, shuttle programs for coccidiosis control. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The various feed programs during the production cycle are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The bearing that the physical structure of diets has on growth and feed conversion is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The calculation of feed conversion figures is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The influence that environmental factors have on the feed conversion of broilers is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The reasons for using of feed shuttle programs for the control of coccidiosis, is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Understand and follow health management programs to ensure optimal broiler production. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Bio-security, aerosol and drinking water vaccination, handling and storing of vaccines, pathogens causing broiler diseases, respiratory diseases. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The types of pathogens causing broiler diseases and the methods for controlling their transmitters / vectors are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The reasons for employing specific methods of administering vaccine to broilers, are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The ability to perform aerosol and water vaccination for broilers is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The organs affected by the most commonly occurring broiler diseases are described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Harvest broiler chickens, dismantle and remove loose equipment at the end of the production cycle. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Feed removal and carcass contamination, weight loss during transport, stress, crating, cleaning, equipment, catching of birds , bruising, meat tenderness and stress, internal bleeding and dislocated joints, rest periods and bacterial loads on farms/loss of production cycles. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The need for correct timing of feed removal before catching, is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The correct handling practices to prevent stress, bruises and dislocations of joints in broilers are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The effect of stress, bruising and dislocated joints on meat yields is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The advantages/disadvantages of rest periods for broiler farms are described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Keeping production records on broiler farms, according to company policy. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Daily mortalities, accumulative mortality, PEF, water consumption, feed records and body mass sampling, temperature, relative humidity. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The ability to construct graphical representations of the temperature recordings, mortalities, weights, and feed consumption figures is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The ability to interpret graphs and relate to changes in environmental factors, is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The is ability to interpret production figures, relative to the changes in environmental conditions demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The planning and placing of feed orders, is described. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through 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.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

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

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been mad.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare the poultry house to receive broiler chicks
  • Understand and follow health management programs to ensure optimal broiler production
  • Harvest broiler chickens, dismantle and remove loose equipment at the end of the production cycle 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Harvest broiler chickens, dismantle and remove loose equipment at the end of the production cycle 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Harvest broiler chickens, dismantle and remove loose equipment at the end of the production cycle
  • Keeping production records on broiler farms, according to company policy 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare the poultry house to receive broiler chicks
  • Conduct bedding management to optimize broiler health and performance
  • Monitor and manage the environment to ensure the ideal conditions for the production of broilers
  • Manage feeding programs to promote optimum growth
  • Understand and follow health management programs to ensure optimal broiler production
  • Harvest broiler chickens, dismantle and remove loose equipment at the end of the production cycle
  • Keeping production records on broiler farms, according to company policy 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare the poultry house to receive broiler chicks
  • Keeping production records on broiler farms, according to company policy 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare the poultry house to receive broiler chicks
  • Conduct bedding management to optimize broiler health and performance
  • Monitor and manage the environment to ensure the ideal conditions for the production of broilers
  • Manage feeding programs to promote optimum growth
  • Understand and follow health management programs to ensure optimal broiler production
  • Harvest broiler chickens, dismantle and remove loose equipment at the end of the production cycle
  • Keeping production records on broiler farms, according to company policy 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare the poultry house to receive broiler chicks
  • Conduct bedding management to optimize broiler health and performance
  • Monitor and manage the environment to ensure the ideal conditions for the production of broilers
  • Manage feeding programs to promote optimum growth
  • Understand and follow health management programs to ensure optimal broiler production
  • Harvest broiler chickens, dismantle and remove loose equipment at the end of the production cycle
  • Keeping production records on broiler farms, according to company policy 

  • 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
    Elective  49578   National Certificate: Poultry Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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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