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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Care for farm animals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12587  Care for farm animals 
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  10 
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 
The learner will be able to care for the general health of farm animals by using basic veterinary practices.


A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the birth process.
  • Administer post-natal care to farm animals.
  • Apply basic veterinary practices.
  • Dip and drench farm animals.
  • Care for the hooves of farm animals.

    Range: The context and range of this unit standard cover the following species of farm animals: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    No prior learning is assumed to be in place. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the birth process 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The signs of a birthing process are identified according to basic veterinary guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The birthing process is explained according to basic veterinary guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Birthing problems and assisting procedures are identified in reference to the birthing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Caring procedures for breeding stock are explained in terms of health, environment, nutritional requirements and reproductive performance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Administer post- natal care to farm animals 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Farm animals and offspring are monitored according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Signs of oestrus are identified as described by veterinary guidelines. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Oestrus is the condition of animals receptive to mating and is referred to as being on heat.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Mating of farm animals are identified, recorded and reported according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Supervision of animal mating may be included within workplace procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Care for breeding is administered in reference with health, environment, nutritional requirements and reproductive performance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply basic veterinary practices 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Equipment required to carry out basic veterinary practices are identified according to animal health needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Basic veterinary practices may refer to the treatment of cuts, wounds and abscesses.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. A wound on a farm animal is treated according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Treatment of a wound may include cleaning and dressing of the wound.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. A cut on a farm animal is cleaned, stitched and dressed according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Abscess on a farm animal is treated by lancing, cleaning and dressing them according to workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Dip and drench farm animals 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Needs to dip farm animals are identified in relation to tick infestation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Needs to drench farm animals are in relation to signs of internal parasites and parasite infestation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Equipment for dipping and drenching is identified according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may refer to a knapsack, spray race, plunge dip, pour on and dosing guns.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Farm animals are dipped and drenched according to workplace procedures 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Care for the hooves of farm animals 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Problems with the hooves of farm animals are identified according to animal health reasons. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Animals with hooves include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Equipment required to care for and maintain the hooves of farm animals are identified according with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may be clippers, knives and a rasp.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Hooves are clipped according to normal veterinary guidelines and workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Wounds or abscesses on the hooves are cleaned and dressed according to veterinary guidelines and workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Foot rot in farm animals is identified and treated according with basic veterinary guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Foot dipping in a footbath, foot dip or compound is carried out according to veterinary guidelines and workplace procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner`s competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the appropriate ETQA. 

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


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner will be able to identify and solve problems during the process caring for farm animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner will work effectively with others as a member of a team on a farm. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively as a team member and his/her responsibilities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect and evaluate information by evaluating the health of farm animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner will communicate effectively when reporting on work matters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner will use science and technology by understanding the caring of the health of farm animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner will contribute to his/her own development by care for the health of animals on a farm. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology
  • Workplace procedures refer to place of work procedures, veterinary procedures, animal health -, personal, equipment and environmental safety procedures, best practices and applicable legislation.


    Legal requirements:
    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments will be applicable.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No 57 of 1997. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  20287   National Certificate: Farming  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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Dithakwaneng Traininig Centre 
    3. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    4. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    5. Knowledge For Ever 
    6. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
    7. Millenium Skills (Pty )Ltd 
    8. Mocwiri Training & Consultant 
    9. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    10. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    11. Setlakala Business Development 
    12. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    13. The Renaissance National Skills Development Centre 
    14. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    15. 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.