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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle the collection and storage of the table eggs on the farm 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119397  Handle the collection and storage of the table eggs on the farm 
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 2  NQF Level 02  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 
To understand the management practices and procedures that are necessary to ensure optimum health of layers and quality of eggs. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Health and safety level 1. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand the health and bio-security programs for commercial layers. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Bio-security, transmittance of human-borne diseases to eggs, hand-basins and toilets, temperature control, transmitter/vector control, sanitation, ventilation, footbaths, protective clothing, disease-causing organisms, fly control, mortalities, neatness of surroundings, lameness, gasping, cannibalism, feather picking, feed refusal, comb colour, diarrhoea, shell abnormalities, soft shells. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The necessity of adhering to strict bio-security procedures is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The reasons for adhering to personal hygiene programs are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for adhering to good housekeeping practices around the layer houses and egg handling areas are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The procedures for dealing with mortalities are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The reporting and recognition of abnormal appearances and behaviour of layers are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Understand the egg collection procedures that are necessary to maintain a high internal and external quality of eggs. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Egg components and formation, internal egg quality characteristics, bacterial contamination, dust control, manure build-up, ventilation, temperature, cracks, pinholes, collection times, cooling, cage floors, hygiene, humidity. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The formation of the internal components of an egg is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The differences between good and poor internal egg quality are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The factors responsible for the deterioration of internal egg quality are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The practices that should be implemented to maintain internal egg quality are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The equipment and management factors that affect the egg shell quality are described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand the procedures for the storage of table eggs on the farm. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Store room, storage of packaging material, storage and air circulation, mould growth, disinfectants, rejected eggs, moisture condensation on eggs, relative humidity, rotation of stock. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The storage conditions for eggs in the storeroom are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The procedures for cleaning the egg storeroom are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The main organisms in the storeroom that affect the shelf-life of eggs are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The storage and handling of packaging material for eggs is described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Understand the vaccination procedures for disease control in commercial layers. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
PPE and face masks, vaccination equipment, vaccine handling and storage, safety practices, blood sampling, blood titers, immunity. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The names of the most common diseases that affect commercial layers on the layer farm are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The safety precautions for the mixing and administering of vaccines to layers are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The equipment used for the different vaccination procedures is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The cleaning and storage of vaccination equipment is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The procedures for the taking and handling of blood samples are demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The reasons for blood sampling are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Understand the procedures for the depopulation of a layer house. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
safety procedures, animal handling practices, bio-security practices. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The bio-security practices during the depopulation of a layer house are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The handling of cull hens at depopulation is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The procedures for the cleaning and dismantling of the layer house equipment are demonstrated. 


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. 

    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.
    Specific Outcome: All
  • Understand the health and bio-security programs for commercial layers.
  • Understand the egg collection procedures that are necessary to maintain a high internal and external quality of eggs.
  • Understand the procedures for the storage of table eggs on the farm.
  • Understand the vaccination procedures for disease control in commercial layers.
  • Understand the procedures for the depopulation of a layer house. 

  • 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.
    Specific Outcome: All
  • Understand the health and bio-security programs for commercial layers.
  • Understand the egg collection procedures that are necessary to maintain a high internal and external quality of eggs.
  • Understand the procedures for the storage of table eggs on the farm.
  • Understand the vaccination procedures for disease control in commercial layers.
  • Understand the procedures for the depopulation of a layer house. 

  • 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.
    Specific Outcome: All
  • Understand the health and bio-security programs for commercial layers.
  • Understand the egg collection procedures that are necessary to maintain a high internal and external quality of eggs.
  • Understand the procedures for the storage of table eggs on the farm.
  • Understand the vaccination procedures for disease control in commercial layers.
  • Understand the procedures for the depopulation of a layer house. 

  • 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.