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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Utilise feed management in poultry production 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119437  Utilise feed management in poultry 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  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 components of poultry diets and their function for promoting health and the production of meat and eggs. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Literacy and Numeracy level1. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand the functions of the components that are used in making poultry feed (diets, rations). 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Mealie meal, ground wheat, fish meal, soy bean meal, canola meal, poultry by-product meal, limestone powder, mineral and vitamin premix, energy from starches and fats, main body constituents namely water, fat, proteins and minerals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The raw materials that are used to make a balanced diet for poultry are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The products that chiefly serve as energy or protein sources, or of both are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The raw materials that serve as the nutrient sources for the growth of body constituents and egg formation are described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Understand the functions of the various types of diets for poultry. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Mash, pellets, granular, dietary requirements slow/rapid growth and egg formation, broiler diets, layer diets, breeder diets. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reasons for the production of feed in various forms are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The reasons why different types of feed are given to the various classes of poultry are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand the factors affecting feed cost and the efficiency of feed usage on a poultry farm. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Feed cost, product cost, low/high environmental temperatures, disease, feed spillage, wet feed, incorrect feeder heights, rodents, smell, texture, feed conversion as unit feed per unit body mass/egg mass. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The cost of feed as a proportion of the production cost is detailed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The factors that negatively affect the feed cost on a poultry farm are discussed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The necessity for the calculation of the feed conversion ratios is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Understand how the feed affect the health of poultry and developing embroys. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Moulds, bacteria, rodents, stale feed, destruction of vitamins, direct sunlight litter contaminated feed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The danger of allowing water to enter feed troughs and storage bins is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The reasons why feed should not be contaminated by poultry excreta and bedding material are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons why feed from previous production cycles should not be saved and fed to poultry 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. 

    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 functions of the components that are used in making poultry feed (diets, rations).
  • Understand the functions of the various types of diets for poultry.
  • Understand the factors affecting feed cost and the efficiency of feed usage on a poultry farm.
  • Understand how the condition of feed affects the health of poultry. 

  • 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 functions of the components that are used in making poultry feed (diets, rations).
  • Understand the functions of the various types of diets for poultry.
  • Understand the factors affecting feed cost and the efficiency of feed usage on a poultry farm.
  • Understand how the condition of feed affects the health of poultry. 

  • 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 functions of the components that are used in making poultry feed (diets, rations).
  • Understand the functions of the various types of diets for poultry.
  • Understand the factors affecting feed cost and the efficiency of feed usage on a poultry farm.
  • Understand how the condition of feed affects the health of poultry. 

  • 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
    Core  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.
     
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    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.