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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply basic pig husbandry practices 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116153  Apply basic pig husbandry 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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
A person achieving this unit standard will be able to carry out practical pig husbandry practices in the farrowing house, weaning house, growing house, boar/sow house and dry sow house. The practical aspects covered will give the learner knowledge of feeding, watering and the preparation of housing for pigs.

In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and specifically pig production.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in pig husbandry 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 unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Practical animal feeding
  • NQF 1: Observation and handling of animals 

  • 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 
    Demonstrate the procedures to be followed in the preparation of the farrowing house. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The cleaning of roof, walls, floor and feeding equipment of a farrowing house is effectively done. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate disinfection procedures for the farrowing house are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The walls of the farrowing house are painted with the appropriate painting material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate bedding material is provided in the farrowing pen. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Adequate heating equipment is provided for the farrowing house. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate the procedures to be followed in the preparation of the sows for the farrowing house. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prior to entry into the farrowing house sows are cleaned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sows are disinfected according to appropriate procedures before entering the farrowing house. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The underline of sows is checked for any malfunctioning teats and other deformities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Inoculations that are relevant for sows prior to entering the farrowing house are carried out under supervision. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply appropriate feeding practices to different stages of pig production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct time and appropriate method of creep feeding piglets is applied in the farrowing house. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The flush feeding of pigs is demonstrated according to supervisory guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct feeding quantities are applied according to supervisory guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potable water is provided to all pig housing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate the ability to clean and disinfect pig housing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Pig housing includes boar/sow house, dry sow house, growing house, weaning house. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The roof, walls, floor and feeding equipment of the house are cleaned effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate disinfection procedures for the house are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The walls of the house are painted with the appropriate painting material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate bedding material is provided in the house. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Ensure the observance of bio-security in the piggery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The normally accepted personal hygiene standard is observed in the piggery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effective maintenance of a foot dip to comply with bio-security guidelines is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Dead and diseased animals are removed from the piggery to prevent disease problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Waste material and slurry are removed from the piggery according to prescribed guidelines. 


    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:
  • Prepare the farrowing house for farrowing.
  • Carry out creep feeding, flush feeding and correct feeding practices.
  • Provision of potable water to the pigs.
  • Clean and disinfect all pig housing facilities.
  • Basic bio-security practices carried out.
  • Basic handling of pigs including the movement, restraint and handling of pigs.
  • Basic communication skills to report observations.
  • Knowledge of all equipment to be used in all practices carried out. 

  • 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 specific outcomes. 

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

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting information: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Apply appropriate feeding practices.
  • Ensure the observance of bio-security in the piggery. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to all specific outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of Systems: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all specific 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
    Elective  48970   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  48971   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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.
     
    1. Agricultural Research Council 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    4. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    5. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    6. Centurion Akademie (Pty) Ltd 
    7. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    8. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    9. Escay Catering and other Services 
    10. Farm for Africa Training and Development 
    11. Heedmorine Training 
    12. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    13. Interactive Trading 747 ( PTY) LTD 
    14. Interstate Clearing 092 (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    16. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    17. Knowledge For Ever 
    18. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    19. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    20. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    21. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    22. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    23. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    24. Mpontshe Training 
    25. Mvelo Consultant 
    26. National Institute For The Deaf 
    27. Nophelo Training Centre 
    28. Novi General Services 
    29. Retsogile Education and Training 
    30. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    31. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    32. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Setlakala Business Development 
    34. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    35. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    36. Skills Fusion 
    37. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    38. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    39. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    40. Tripple R Training Provider 
    41. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
    42. Vari Consulting 
    43. Voyano Project Management 



    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.