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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Slaughter birds in a poultry abattoir 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119410  Slaughter birds in a poultry abattoir 
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 
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 
Conduct the stunning, throat slitting and bleeding of a bird. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Health and Safety Level 2. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate a knowledge of stunning. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reason why stunning is necessary before neck slitting occurs, is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Calms bird, unconscious, maintain blood pressure, minimise movement, aids bleeding.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The effect that stunning has on the bird is described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Excessive flapping, haemorrhaging of thighs, wings and legs, insufficient bleeding.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The consequences of poor or no stunning are mentioned. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Understand the importance of monitoring the stunning process. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The necessity of inspecting the stunning process is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Shackles, stunning bath, electrical current, to ensure that the current goes through the head.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The reason for the use of a saline solution in the stunning bath is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
To improve conductivity.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The manual stunning process is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Clamp head between the stunning electrodes and stun for 5 seconds.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Demonstrate the correct Halal slitting of the bird's throat. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reason for slitting the throat within 10 - 15 seconds of the stunning is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Sharp knives, stunning to slitting period, jugular veins, spinal cord, trachea, prevent regaining consciousness.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The importance of severing the jugular veins at the base of the skull is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for keeping the trachea and spinal cord intact are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Remains breathing, heart pumping, better bleeding.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The reasons for keeping the knife clean, sharp and frequently sterilized are cited. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Prevent possible transmission of diseases from one carcass to another.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Understand the importance of monitor the bleeding of birds. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reasons for bleeding and the minimum period allowed are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
90 seconds, clean meat, blood from carcass.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The results of insufficient bleeding are listed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Red carcass, red wing tips, blood.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reason why respiration must stop before the bird may move to the scalding process is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Scalding water in lungs.
 


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 for 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.
    Specific Outcome: 1, 3, 4
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of stunning.
  • Demonstrate the correct Halal slitting of the bird's throat.
  • Understand the importance of monitor the bleeding of birds. 

  • 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.
    Specific Outcome: 2
  • Understand the importance of monitoring the stunning process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Specific Outcome: 1, 2
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of stunning.
  • Understand the importance of monitoring the stunning process. 

  • 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.
    Specific Outcome: 1
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of stunning. 

  • 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.
    Specific Outcome: 2, 3, 4
  • Understand the importance of monitoring the stunning process.
  • Demonstrate the correct Halal slitting of the bird's throat.
  • Understand the importance of monitor the bleeding of birds. 

  • 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  49583   General Education and Training Certificate: Poultry Processing  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49581   National Certificate: Poultry Processing  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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