Unit of competency details

AHCLSK406 - Oversee animal marking operations (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 27/Jun/2016

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCLSK406A - Oversee animal marking operationsThis unit is equivalent to AHCLSK406A Oversee animal marking operations 26/Jun/2016

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

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This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to oversee animal marking operations.

This unit applies to livestock producers and those with supervisory responsibilities within livestock production enterprises.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others within known parameters. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Unit Sector

Livestock (LSK)

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare marking plan

1.1 Obtain and clarify information and instructions with regard to marking operations

1.2 Ensure timing of marking and calendar of operations fit so that growth checks are minimised

1.3 Determine animal groupings, marking operations and sequencing

1.4 Assess and determine resource requirements within enterprise budgetary constraints

1.5 Prepare marking plan and ensure sufficient flexibility to adapt to changes during marking operations

2. Co-ordinate and arrange resources

2.1 Locate and arrange suitable locations for undertaking marking operations and facilities to meet requirements of marking schedules

2.2 Arrange and provide appropriate and adequate equipment, materials and health treatments on site

2.3 Confirm staff and provide them with safety, task and operational briefings

2.4 Identify work health and safety hazards, assess risks, and implement, monitor and review risk controls in line with enterprise polices

2.5 Time and supervise marking operations to ensure mismothering is minimised and animal welfare requirements are met

3. Monitor marking operation

3.1 Monitor implementation of marking plan for efficiency and effectiveness in terms of achieving enterprise objectives

3.2 Monitor condition and health status of animals, take appropriate action to rectify risks to animal welfare, and report abnormalities where necessary

3.3 Maintain effective worksite communication to ensure efficient workflow and address immediate problems

3.4 Document data with regard to operational processes and outcomes for continual assessment and management planning

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Unit Mapping Information

This unit is equivalent to AHCLSK406A Oversee animal marking operations


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

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Performance Evidence

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • identify hazards, assess risks and implement and monitor of safe operating procedures
  • plan, cost and schedule resource requirements
  • prepare and implement a work plan for marking
  • prioritise and schedule marking operations
  • determine and allocate staff roles and responsibilities
  • monitor the health and well-being of animals during and after marking
  • manage staff and operations and establish and monitor performance targets
  • document and prepare plans and reports for the understanding of staff and management
  • implement and monitor relevant animal welfare practices

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • management processes and procedures
  • cost analysis techniques
  • procedures for planning and developing marking plans
  • marking and production plans
  • codes of practice with regard to animal marking and animal health and welfare
  • use of veterinary medicines and their administration
  • animal marking methods and procedures
  • work health and safety and animal welfare legislation, codes of practice and enterprise requirements
  • animal behaviour and nutritional requirements

Assessment Conditions

Competency is to be assessed in the work place or simulated environments that accurately reflect performance in a real workplace setting.

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.


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