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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assess the influence of the environment on sustainable livestock production 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13356  Assess the influence of the environment on sustainable livestock production 
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
ABET Level 4  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 candidate credited with this competence will be capable to: identifying and describing environmental factors influencing the veld; assessing the influence of veld composition on livestock feeding preferences and habits; analysing and describe environmental factors that influence livestock selection; identifying and describe supplementary feeding for livestock production; identifying and describe harmful and beneficial organisms that influence livestock production; and identifying and assessing the effects of agricultural management practices on the sustainability of the environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Open 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Identify and describe environmental factors influencing the veld. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Ecological factors that influence the veld are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
includes, among others, climate, soil and topography
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The significance of ecological factors that influence the veld are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The three major vegetation types are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
sweetveld, sourveld and mixed veld
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The three major vegetation types are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Assess and modify the influence of veld composition on livestock feeding preferences and habits. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The concept of veld composition is investigated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
including the concept of pioneer and climax species
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Veld composition as a factor in veld management is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Palatable and non-palatable species of plants are distinguished. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Browsing and grazing habits are distinguished. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Livestock preferences and needs are distinguished. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Analyse and describe environmental factors that influence livestock selection. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The significance of environment as a factor influencing livestock selection is investigated and explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Livestock breeds and their requirements (characteristics) are analysed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The regionalisation of the livestock industry as a factor influencing livestock selection, is investigated and analysed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
National, provincial and local.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The management of existing environmental factors is discussed. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Investigate supplementary feeding options for livestock production. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The different ways of supplementary feeding are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
green/dry fodder and concentrates
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Ways of supplementary feeding appropriate to the learners' context are distinguished. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The different types of cultivated pastures are investigated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Different grazing control practices on cultivated pastures are distinguished. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Licks as dietary supplements are identified. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Identify and describe beneficial and harmful organisms that influence livestock production. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
emphasis on locally important parasites and diseases 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Beneficial organisms are identified and described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The effects of internal and external parasites in livestock production are identified and described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Noxious plants that hinder livestock production are identified and described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
poisonous plants and those which influence the quality of livestock products
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Control options for internal and external parasites are discussed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Major livestock diseases are identified and described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Control and treatment interventions and programmes for livestock disease are discussed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Including notifiable diseases
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Conduct an investigation into the effects of agricultural management practices on the sustainability 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Principles of veld management are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The concept of sustainability is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Existing livestock production practices are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Livestock production practices that enhance agricultural sustainability are identified and explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Livestock production practices that have a negative impact on the sustainability of the environment are identified and explained. 



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 made; 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group organisation and community; 

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

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information; 

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

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

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
Specific outcome 5 in Agri/003 can be used as the basis for developing a livestock health management programme.

Developmental Outcomes:

This unit standard supports the following developmental outcomes:
1. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
2. Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
3. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
4. Exploring education and career opportunities; and
5. Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Core  48975   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
Fundamental  48972   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
Elective  71751   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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. Africa Land - Use Training 
2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
3. Biofuels Business Incubators NPC 
4. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
5. Cedara College of Agriculture 
6. Centurion Akademie (Pty) Ltd 
7. Deloitte 
8. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
9. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
10. Escay Catering and other Services 
11. Fort Cox Agricultural College 
12. GA Community Care Consultants 
13. Goldfields FET College 
14. Heedmorine Training 
15. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
16. KayDee Project Management Cc 
17. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
18. KINGSBURY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE SA (PTY) LTD (Middelburg)(TP) 
19. KINGSBURY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE SA PTY LTD 
20. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
21. Lovedale Public TVET College 
22. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
23. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
24. Matlharini Multi Centre Skills 
25. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
26. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
27. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
28. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
29. Morwa Agri-development cc 
30. Mpontshe Training 
31. Mvelo Consultant 
32. National Institute For The Deaf 
33. National Woolgrowers Of South Africa 
34. NFS Services (Pty) Ltd 
35. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
36. Nkalebetja Agricultural Projects and Management 
37. NKOMATI MINE 
38. Nophelo Training Centre 
39. Novi General Services 
40. P N K Management Services 
41. Progressive Environmental Projects 
42. Retsogile Education and Training 
43. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
44. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
45. Setlakala Business Development 
46. Siyafundisa I Africa 
47. Siyasanga Training Centre 
48. Skills Fusion 
49. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
50. Tembe Service Providers 
51. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
52. Tinotsile Training and Development 
53. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
54. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
55. Tripple R Training Provider 
56. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
57. Umbuso Training Services 
58. Umfolozi FET College 
59. Vari Consulting 
60. Voyano Project Management 
61. Vukani Community Training 



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.