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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Care for poultry parent stock during production 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119385  Care for poultry parent stock during production 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 2  NQF Level 02  15 
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 
To maintain high standards of environmental and health care for the optimum production of settable eggs. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Health and safety level1. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand the procedures for the preparing a poultry house to receive point-of-lay breeders. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Disinfecting, pesticides, watering and feeding equipment, ventilation, lighting equipment, environment, bio-security, transmission of diseases to breeder progeny, health, floor space, house temperature, males, females, nest boxes, bedding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The final disinfecting of the poultry house and the placing of vermin bait stations is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The activation and testing of the water system is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for providing separate feeders for male and female broiler breeders is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The setting and testing of feeding equipment for male and female broiler breeders are demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The final adjustment and testing of the curtain winches and/or fan cowls are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The procedures and reasons for testing the lighting system are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
The importance of strict adherence to the bio-security procedures on a breeder farm is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Understand the need for body mass control in meat strain breeders as opposed to egg strain breeders. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Rapid growth, obesity, egg production, fertility, mating behaviour, foot-pad problems, maintenance requirements, production requirements, uniformity, diet composition. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reasons for the tendency of broiler breeders, as opposed to layer strain breeders, to become obese are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The negative effects of obesity in broiler breeders are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The calibration of the feed weighing equipment is demonstrated. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand the procedures for the controlling of the ventilation system for breeders. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Low/high temperature affecting feed intake, heat/moisture production, body mass, air volume and fan speed, moisture and dust removal, maintenance of fans and louvers. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reasons why breeders should not be subjected to temperature extremes are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The relationship between stocking densities and ventilation rates is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for utilising roof sprayers for naturally ventilated houses are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The steps to ensure a constant air delivery by fans in mechanically ventilated houses are demonstrated. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Understand the procedures for the application of health programs for breeders. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
PPE and face masks, vaccinations, blood tests, bio-security, breeder diseases, post mortems, culling of males, mortality disposals, bedding, ammonia burn, feet problems. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The diseases that commonly affect breeders are named. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The measures taken to ensure personal safety of the staff, when breeders are vaccinated are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for taking blood samples from breeders are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The method of taking and handling blood samples is demonstrated. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Understand the reasons for maintaining the specified photoperiods in breeder houses. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Follicle development, increasing/constant light patterns, setting time switches, moulting. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reaction of breeders to photoperiods is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The effect of darkness or decreases in the photoperiod on breeders is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The setting of time switches is demonstrated. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Understand the factors affecting the fertility of eggs. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Fertilization, identification of male activity, mating ratios, over-mating, dominance of individuals, bedding condition. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The identification of inactive roosters is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The process of fertilization is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The early development within a fertilized egg is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The effect that bedding conditions have on the mating activity is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The reasons for maintaining specific mating ratios are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Understand egg handling and hygiene practices to ensure maximum hatchability of fertile eggs. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Nest-box hygiene, bedding, litter condition, floor eggs, cooling of eggs, egg handling, bacteria, mould, clean hands, regular collections, formalin prills, fumigation, shell quality. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The effect that pathogens can have on hatchability of eggs is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The types of pathogens that contaminate breeder eggs are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The procedures to minimise the contamination of eggs by pathogens are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The influence that litter conditions have on hatching egg quality is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The procedures for halting the early embryonic development in fertile eggs are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The procedures for the handling of fertile eggs before dispatch to the hatchery are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
The correct storage position of eggs is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
Understand the procedures to depopulate and clean the breeder house to ensure a healthy environment for the next flock. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Handling of breeders, bedding removal, dismantling of moveable equipment, sanitizes, disinfect, perform maintenance. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The practices for the handling of breeders at culling are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The procedures to minimize the spreading of disease-causing organisms are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The prerequisites for the effective disinfection of all the equipment are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The areas in which preventative maintenance checks must occur are detailed. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    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 mad.
    Refer to the following specific outcome:
    Understand the factors affecting the fertility of eggs. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparing a poultry house to receive point-of-lay breeders.
  • Understand the need for body mass control in meat strain breeders as opposed to egg strain breeders.
  • Understand the procedures for the controlling of the ventilation system for breeders.
  • Understand the procedures for the application of health programs for breeders.
  • Understand the reasons for maintaining the specified photoperiods in breeder houses.
  • Understand the factors affecting the fertility of eggs.
  • Understand egg handling and hygiene practices to ensure maximum hatchability of fertile eggs.
  • Understand the procedures to depopulate and clean the breeder house to ensure a healthy environment for the next flock. 

  • 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 SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparing a poultry house to receive point-of-lay breeders.
  • Understand the need for body mass control in meat strain breeders as opposed to egg strain breeders.
  • Understand the procedures for the controlling of the ventilation system for breeders.
  • Understand the procedures for the application of health programs for breeders.
  • Understand the reasons for maintaining the specified photoperiods in breeder houses.
  • Understand the factors affecting the fertility of eggs.
  • Understand egg handling and hygiene practices to ensure maximum hatchability of fertile eggs.
  • Understand the procedures to depopulate and clean the breeder house to ensure a healthy environment for the next flock. 

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

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparing a poultry house to receive point-of-lay breeders.
  • Understand the need for body mass control in meat strain breeders as opposed to egg strain breeders.
  • Understand the procedures for the controlling of the ventilation system for breeders.
  • Understand the procedures for the application of health programs for breeders.
  • Understand the reasons for maintaining the specified photoperiods in breeder houses.
  • Understand the factors affecting the fertility of eggs.
  • Understand egg handling and hygiene practices to ensure maximum hatchability of fertile eggs.
  • Understand the procedures to depopulate and clean the breeder house to ensure a healthy environment for the next flock. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49580   General Education and Training Certificate: Poultry Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49582   National Certificate: Poultry Production  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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    3. Mvelo Consultant 
    4. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    5. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    6. Tripple R Training Provider 



    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.