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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle slaughter animals ante mortem 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114339  Handle slaughter animals ante mortem 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary 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 learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:
Handling animals prior to the slaughter process to ensure optimal animal welfare, product safety and quality. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning program for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:

1. Literacy and numeracy (NQF1)
2. Communication skills (NQF1)
3. Introductory knowledge of basic layout and abattoir processes 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
General guide for scope, context and level

A learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes in this unit standard with regard to species which includes but are not limited to: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Horses, Ostriches, Crocodiles, Game.

The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision, but with access to work-site procedures, operating instructions and statutory requirements. Refer to:

1. Stock theft,
2. Meat safety act, No 40 of 2000,
3. Occupational Health and Safety act, No. 85 of 1993,
4. Animal welfare,
5. Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, No. 54 of 1972.

And all regulations and directives promulgated there under. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare and plan to handle slaughter animals. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Preparing equipment according to worksite procedures.
2. Interpreting information according to set procedure
3. Completing documentation according to company procedures 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reasons for preparing equipment according to work site procedures are explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. Reason for handling animals according to statutory requirements are explained
4. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health according to operational procedures are explained.
5. Consequences of not completing relevant documentation and informing affected parties are explained.
6. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
7. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify and sort animals. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Identifying and recording abnormalities in animal health status
2. Reporting abnormalities to affected parties
3. Sorting and lairaging animals according to customer and company requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reasons for preparing equipment according to work site procedures are explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. Reason for handling animals according to statutory requirements are explained
4. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health according to operational procedures are explained.
5. Consequences of not completing relevant documentation and informing affected parties are explained.
6. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
7. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Care for animals. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Feeding animals according to operational procedures.
2. Handling animals in a humane manner according to statutory requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reasons for preparing equipment according to work site procedures are explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. Reason for handling animals according to statutory requirements are explained
4. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health according to operational procedures are explained.
5. Consequences of not completing relevant documentation and informing affected parties are explained.
6. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
7. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Complete ante mortem handling activity. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Informing affected parties according to worksite procedures.
2. Restoring work place and equipment according to operational procedures 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

1. Reasons for preparing equipment according to work site procedures are explained.
2. Purpose of collecting information according to set standards is explained.
3. Reason for handling animals according to statutory requirements are explained
4. The reason for identifying and reporting abnormalities in animal health according to operational procedures are explained.
5. Consequences of not completing relevant documentation and informing affected parties are explained.
6. Reasons for restoring workplace and equipment are explained
7. The consequences of not adhering to all relevant acts are explained 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
Mechanisms and bodies for external moderation of learner achievements:
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.
  • Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge that will help me understand and that I will be able to explain

    1. Basic hygiene procedures during anti-mortem handling of animals.
    2. Principals of cleaning procedures.
    3. Basic knowledge of animal care and behavior.
    4. A general understanding of hygiene and safety procedures in a abattoir 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solving problems without supervision by informing affected parties of deviations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the process of identifying and reporting deviations in a production environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself by planning and preparing work task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information by interpreting information and completing documentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate by exchanging informing affected parties. 

    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 
    Values

    All learners should demonstrate:
    An application of company ethics, as well as general safety quality and animal welfare principals. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48655   National Certificate: General Abattoir Processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. ABATTOIR SKILLS TRAINING (PTY) LTD 



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