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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Administer husbandry practices to farm animals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12591  Administer husbandry practices to 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  20 
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 administer husbandry practices to farm animals by injecting, inoculating, castrating, dehorning, marking animals for identification and keeping records for statistical purposes.


A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Administer injections and inoculations to farm animals.
  • Castrate farm animals to manage breeding.
  • Dehorn farm animals to ensure the safety of the animals.
  • Mark farm animals for identification purposes.
  • Record statistics of the farm animals. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of skills and knowledge:
  • Personal hygiene and presentation.
  • Basic understanding of hygiene.
  • ABET level, numeracy. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Administer injections and inoculations to farm animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal preparation is done according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Equipment and materials for injections and inoculations are prepared according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may include syringes, needles and sterilizing equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Farm animals are prepared for the injections and inoculations procedures according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Injections and inoculations are administered according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The purpose for difference between injections and inoculations are explained within own words. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Castrate farm animals to manage breeding. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Castration of farm animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal preparation is done according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Equipment for castration is prepared according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may be, but is not limited to, a knife, burdizzo and elastic bands.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Farm animals are prepared and restrained for castration according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Farm animals are castrated according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Post castration problems are identified according to animal health indicators. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Dehorn farm animals to ensure the safety of the animals 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Dehorning of farm animals such as cattle, sheep and goats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Basic equipment used to dehorn farm animals is prepared according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment refers to knife, gas dehorner and embryonic wire used for the dehorning of farm animals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Farm animals are prepared for dehorning procedures according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation may refer to immobilizing an animal, restraining the animal in a crush, throwing the animal, using an immobilizer or making use of facilities.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Farm animals are dehorned according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Post-dehorning problems are identified according to animal health indicators. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Mark farm animals for identification purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Equipment and materials marking farm animals for identification are prepared according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may include tags applicators, branding irons, hot and freeze branding and tattooing machine.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Animals are prepared for the marking process according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Animals are marked for identification purposes according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Marking identification may refer to tagging, branding and tattooing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Post-marking problems are identified according to animal health indicators. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Keep records of the farm animals. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals refer to cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Information for record keeping purposes is collected according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information may refer to counting of livestock and weighing of farm animals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Records are kept and maintained according to workplace procedures and scope of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Information in records is reported according to 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 husbandry practices to farm animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner will be able to work effectively with others as a member of a team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively during administrating husbandry practices to farm animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect and analyse information during record keep procedures. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner will be able to use science and technology effectively during husbandry practices to farm animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner will be able to contribute to the full development of him/herself by administrating husbandry practices to farm animals. 

    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. Agricultural Research Council 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Dithakwaneng Traininig Centre 
    4. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    5. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    6. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
    7. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    8. National Woolgrowers Of South Africa 
    9. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    10. Peritum Agri Institute 
    11. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    12. Setlakala Business Development 
    13. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    14. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 



    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.