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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand the process of slaughtering farm animals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12594  Understand the process of slaughtering 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 
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 accredited with this unit standard will be able to explain the process and assist in the slaughtering of farm animals. 

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

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The context and range of this unit standard applies to all farm animals unless otherwise specified 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of Slaughtering 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Learner to explain the need for strict health and hygiene with slaughtering 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to obtain information on pre-slaughter health status of animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to explain economical age for slaughtering. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
All farm animals
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify equipment required for slaughtering of animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Learner to list equipment used in slaughtering animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to explain the use of bleeding facilities in slaughtering 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to explain the need to hoist animals up during slaughtering. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
All farm animals
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Prepare animals for slaughter 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to explain the need for resting animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to identify time requirements for resting animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to identify suitable conditions required for resting animals 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
All farm animals
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Learner to explain stunning 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Learner to describe the use of different stunning methods for different animals. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Electrical; Sledge hammer; Blunt bolt; Fumigation
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demonstrate the procedure for sticking and bleeding animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to identify appropriate areas to stick an animal 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to explain the need to bleed animals properly 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to describe process of handling blood 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
All farm animals
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Demonstrate the procedure for Skinning or Singeing of farm animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to describe the process of skinning animals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to describe the process of wet singeing 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to describe the process of dry singeing 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
All farm animals
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Demonstrate the procedure for evisceration and storage of animals after slaughter 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to describe the process of evisceration 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to explain the handling and disposal of gut contents 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to describe the cleaning of the tripe 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Basic expulsion of contents and rinsing with water
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Learner to explain the need for cooling carcasses after slaughtering 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Learner to explain the need for freezing carcasses after cooling 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Basic explanation of relation to toughness of meat and shelf-life
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
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 
Covered in the assessment criteria 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems during the process 

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

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

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Contribute to the full development of oneself 

UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA 

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

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. Dzunde Farming Co-operative Limited 
4. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
5. Impela Trading cc 
6. KayDee Project Management Cc 
7. Knowledge For Ever 
8. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
9. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
10. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
11. Setlakala Business Development 
12. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
13. The Renaissance National Skills Development Centre 
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.