Unit of competency details

AHCORG402 - Manage organic livestock production (Release 1)

Summary

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

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCORG402A - Manage organic livestock productionThis unit is equivalent to AHCORG402A Manage organic livestock production 26/Jun/2016


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Classifications

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

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate livestock production into an organic production system.

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

This unit applies to farmers who work according to the principles of organic and ecological agriculture.

Work is likely to be done independently and according to the requirements of the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce and agro-ecological principles. This unit applies to individuals who take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others within know parameters and use discretion and judgment in the selection, allocation and use of available resources.

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

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil.

Unit Sector

Organic Production (ORG)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Manage animal health and welfare

1.1 Consider natural behaviours of animals and requirements of animal welfare codes of practice in planning for organic livestock production

1.2 Select and use varieties/genetics for the enterprise that match environmental conditions and optimise animal health

1.3 Monitor livestock constantly for health and welfare and keep records

1.4 Develop animal health preventative strategies, communicate to others working on farm and implement

1.5 Identify and use animal health inputs suitable for organic systems where required

1.6 Follow restrictions and prohibited/restricted inputs for certified organic systems and quarantine if applicable

1.7 Conduct animal husbandry and transport in compliance with animal welfare principles and organic certification requirements

1.8 Maintain livestock records required for organic certification

2. Develop and implement supplementary feed requirements

2.1 Identify feed gaps and requirements for supplementary feed taking into account seasonal conditions and drought

2.2 Incorporate on-farm supplementary feed strategies including fodder crops, agroforestry or standing hay paddocks into the annual program for animal feed and on-farm sustainability

2.3 Implement good storage practises for feed inputs to ensure quality is maintained

2.4 Purchase and use nutritional inputs in the feed program that meet relevant Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles where applicable

3. Develop and implement a sustainable grazing strategy

3.1 Determine feed requirements, sustainable carrying capacity and a sustainable stocking rate for the enterprise that takes into account seasonal variability and livestock needs

3.2 Determine indicators and benchmarks for sustainable pasture, land and soil use for the property

3.3 Identify grazing infrastructure required for a planned grazing strategy and incorporate into a property improvement program

3.4 Develop and implement a planned grazing system that ensures optimal livestock health and productivity at all times

3.5 Develop and implement a planned grazing system that matches stocking rate to carrying capacity and ensure sustainable pasture, land and soil condition at all times

3.6 Optimise soil and plant health to provide a nutrient-dense and balanced diet for livestock

3.7 Monitor the grazing system to ensure productivity and sustainability on an on-going basis

3.8 Implement strategies for controlling weeds in pastures based on Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles where applicable

3.9 Keep grazing and feed records for enterprise management and to ensure compliance to Organic Standards where applicable

4. Manage farm fertility for the livestock enterprise

4.1 Estimate level of nutrients exported from farm

4.2 Implement a fertility monitoring program such as soil-testing, plant testing or observation of pasture species to monitor pasture and soil fertility

4.3 Maintain soil nutrient levels and balance through recycling, optimising nutrient availability in soil and/or sourcing fertility inputs that meet Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles where applicable

4.4 Eliminate the risk of weed and chemical contamination to the farm by following Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles

4.5 Keep fertility input records for enterprise management and to ensure compliance to Organic Standards where applicable

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 AHCORG402A Manage organic livestock production

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

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:

  • monitor and maintain animals in an organic production system
  • provide a suitable diet and living environment for animals based on the National Organic Standards for Organic Livestock Production and/or agro-ecological principles
  • integrate animals into an organic production system
  • manage animal health and welfare using Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles
  • manage grazing of animals and allowable inputs to enhance soil health and fertility
  • apply enterprise work health and safety policies and guidelines
  • implement enterprise animal welfare policies
  • implement enterprise environmental sustainability practices

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • relevant organic certification requirements
  • organic agriculture and agro-ecological principles
  • animal health, pests, parasites and diseases
  • relevant animal welfare code of practice
  • grazing management, including pasture identification and assessment, feed budgeting and planned grazing strategies
  • carrying capacity and sustainable pasture utilisation
  • pasture, land and soil condition and indicators
  • management options for animal health based on an understanding of pest life cycles, genetic selection and acquired immunity
  • permitted, restricted and prohibited inputs and activities as described in the National Organic Standards for Organic Livestock Production relationship between soil, plant and animal health
  • work health and safety and animal welfare legislation and codes of practice.
  • record keeping
  • principles, practices and inputs allowable under the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce

Assessment Conditions

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace and/or a simulated environment that accurately reflects performance in a real workplace setting.

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

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