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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ostrich and emu farming 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261580  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ostrich and emu farming 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 purpose of this unit standard is to provide the animal protection inspector with an understanding of the commercial ostrich and emu industry, the requirements for keeping them in captivity and the resultant welfare issues to successfully undertake meaningful inspections.

This unit standard addresses these needs, and learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between ostriches and emus and their commercial value.
  • Identify the general nutritional, watering, health, housing, behavioural and welfare requirements of ostriches and emus.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which to handle ostriches and emus.
  • Identify the relevant legislation, standards and codes relating to both ostriches and emus.
  • Identify the development stages of ostriches and emus, their different housing, feeding and welfare needs.
  • Identify the requirements for breeder birds, egg collection and incubation.
  • Describe the capture, transport and release methods for ostriches and emus through all stages of development. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between ostriches and emus and their commercial value. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between ostriches and emus are identified in terms of distinguishing features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The commercial value of ostriches is explained in relation to value of different products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The commercial value of emus is explained in relation to value of different products. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the general nutritional, watering, health, housing, behavioural and welfare requirements of ostriches and emus. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Nutritional and watering needs of both ostriches and emus are identified for a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The health aspects for ostriches and emus are identified for a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Behavioural requirements of both ostriches and emus are given for specific situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The general housing requirements of both ostriches and emus are listed that will provide for their basic needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Relevant welfare issues regarding both ostriches and emus are given for specific situations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which to handle ostriches and emus. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The manner in which to handle both ostriches and emus is given in accordance with generally accepted methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Handling equipment and handling facilities are identified in terms of the use of each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ostriches and emus are herded in accordance with generally accepted humane procedures and methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The handling of ostriches and emus are explained in terms of animal wellbeing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify the relevant legislation, standards and codes relating to both ostriches and emus. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant legislation is explained in terms of the relevance to farming with ostriches and emus. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant South African National Standards and codes of practice are described in terms of how they impact on the keeping of ostriches and emus. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify the development stages of ostriches and emus, their different housing, feeding and welfare needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The stages of development are explained in terms of physical characteristics and requirements for each stage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The housing requirements for both ostrich and emus are listed for each of the different stages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Feeding regimes and requirements of both ostrich and emus are explained that will provide for maximum nutrition at each stage. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Identify the requirements for breeder birds, egg collection and incubation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The general requirements for breeder birds are given in accordance with generally accepted practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The general requirements for egg collection and handling are listed in accordance with relevant procedures and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Incubation of eggs is described in terms of the purpose and duration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The welfare requirements are explained for the handling of newly hatched ostriches and emus. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Describe the capture, transport and release methods for ostriches and emus through all stages of development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The capture and release methods of ostrich and emus are explained with reference to the different requirements of each stage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The general requirements for the transportation of ostriches and emus are identified focussing on animal wellbeing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The capture, transportation and release of ostriches and emus is explained in terms of relevant welfare issues. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of this unit standard should be contextual and practical.
  • Assessors and moderators must be registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard or have at least 5 years relevant practical experience.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Ability to identify occupational health and safety matters and be able to react on such. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when making deciding how to evaluate the condition of animals and their environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when referring to written and pictorial material prior to evaluating the condition of ostriches and emus. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when preparing to give explanations on various aspects of ostrich and emu farming. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language tools when explaining various aspects of ostriches and emus in captivity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when comparing the housing, feeding and welfare needs of ostriches and emus. 

    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  65229   Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


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