SAQA 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.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply pig husbandry practices 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116276  Apply pig husbandry practices 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 person achieving this unit standard will be able to carry out applied pig husbandry practices in the field of malnutrition, farrowing practices, applied basic artificial insemination and applied mating practices. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into areas of agriculture and specifically pig production. The profession will benefit from this training by having a skilled workforce that will contribute towards the performance and productivity of a pig enterprise. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF2: Identify basic breeding practices of farm animals.
  • NQF 2: Observe and inspect animal health. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Distinguish and treat malnutrition, anorexia in pigs and vaccinate pigs against diseases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The occurrence of malnutrition in pigs and administer appropriate treatment practices is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The occurrence of anorexia in pigs must be recognised and the appropriate remedies or treatments is identified and administered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate vaccinations required in pig production are identified and administered appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe and demonstrate post-farrowing husbandry practices in piglets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tail docking of piglets is illustrated according to the appropriate procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The practice of teeth clipping in piglets is demonstrated according to the appropriate procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate castration practices in piglets are demonstrated under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An iron injection to piglets is applied at the appropriate time post-farrowing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify problems at farrowing and provide assistance where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Farrowing problems in sows are identified the appropriate procedures are applied to assist the sows. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to report problems identified that cannot be solved in the farrowing house to the supervisor is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The level of assistance in the farrowing house as decided by the supervisor is performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A strategy to observe the sow and piglets during the rest of the farrowing period is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify the need for cross fostering and implement where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The number of piglets in the litter to the number of functional teats on the sow is compared. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need for fostering of the piglets is evaluated and determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible sows for use as foster mothers are identified and evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cross fostering to the relevant litters is applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ability to observe acceptance of fostered piglets by the sow id demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply basic artificial insemination practices to pigs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The collection, distension and handling of semen from pigs must is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to induce oestrus cycles and synchronise sows is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Prescribed artificial insemination procedures are performed correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Recognise and ensure normal mating behaviour in breeding pigs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The parading of the boar around the sows to stimulate oestrus is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The boar's ability to identify standing oestrus in sows is depicted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mating process are carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons for moving of the sow to the boar at the correct time are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The mating process must be observed and the need for repeated mating is explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded 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, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then 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.
  • 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 or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Treating pigs for malnutrition and anorexia.
  • Vaccination of all pigs according to a programme.
  • Tail docking, tooth clipping, castration and iron injection is carried out in piglets post-farrowing.
  • An understanding and implementing cross fostering in sows and piglets.
  • Apply basic artificial insemination practices to pigs according to artificial insemination procedures.
  • Mating procedures must be understood and applied to the sows and boars.
  • The farrowing process, identify problems and decide on the assistance to be provided.
  • Purpose of this training is to develop and skill a farrowing house attendant.
  • Necessary legislation and procedures must be followed when carrying out these practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-management: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology: relates to specific outcome:
  • Apply basic artificial insemination practices to pigs. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    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  49048   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    3. F3M Farms(Pty) Ltd 
    4. Fantique Trade 664 Cc 
    5. Heedmorine Training 
    6. Maishamalema Development Training 
    7. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    8. Matotomana Training & General Trading 
    9. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    10. Mvelo Consultant 
    11. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    12. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Setlakala Business Development 
    14. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    15. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    16. Tripple R Training Provider 
    17. Vari Holdings (Pty)Ltd 
    18. Westco Agri Training 



    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.