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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Establish and maintain grazing for horses 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335735  Establish and maintain grazing for horses 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
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 
This Unit Standard will provide the qualifying learner with the knowledge required to oversee the identification, establishment and maintenance of grassland that is used for grazing horses. It is expected that, in some instances, decisions will be based on information or advice acquired from specialists.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Assessing pasture for suitability.
  • Establishing suitable grazing.
  • Maintaining established pasture for horses. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Nutrition and feeding at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess pasture for suitability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pasture suitability is assessed for grazing according to the sort of horse and specified nutritional needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Horse sort includes, but are not limited to:
  • Old/retired, resting, working and specialist care.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Features of the pasture are identified in terms of the suitability as a pasture for grazing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pasture features includes, but are not limited to:
  • Permanent, seasonal, for specific stock, climatic factors, gradient, evenness of surface, soil type and profile, herbage, fencing/shelter, access, services (water/electricity), security and safety.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Establish suitable grazing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A strategic plan to establish grazing is devised taking all relevant factors into account. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant factors include, but is not limited to:
  • Previous use of the site, existing structures and services, soil conditions and different weather conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The soil structure and pasture coverage is analysed to ensure sufficiency in relation to re-seeding and corrective action. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors of sufficiency includes, but is not limited to:
  • Site drainage, quality of the pasture, grazing and rotational grazing rates, methods of protecting the pasture from physical deterioration, types of nutrients which may be applied and the limits of your responsibility in relation to the handling of nutrients, potential environmental impact of activities and how these can be minimized, restrictions on land use and planning regulations, relevant legislation and codes of practice.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The paddock is designed and constructed according to the type of horse accommodated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Horse types include, but is not limited to:
  • Old/retired, resting, breeding, working and specialist care.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Fencing and shelter is erected to ensure a safe and secure environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain established pasture for horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment for maintaining the pasture are used and maintained in accordance with manufacturers' instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chemicals and nutrients are employed in accordance with environmental safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The established pasture is monitored and maintained in accordance with production requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Monitoring activities includes, but is not limited to:
  • Grazing rates, rotational grazing, pests and diseases.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain the following:
  • Types of feed for horses.
  • Dietary requirements for different horse types.
  • Features of a pasture.
  • Factors for pasture establishment.
  • Pasture monitoring.
  • Pasture maintenance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with establishing and maintaining pastures for feeding horses by employing responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Understand that working effectively with others as a member of a team, group or role-players is vital in the provision of nutritional feed for horses. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Understand that organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively are necessary in the discharge of one's duties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all internal and external role-players to establish and maintain pastures for feeding horses. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use technology in the establishment and maintenance of pastures for horse feed in a responsible manner to minimise the impact on the environment. 

    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
    Core  71469   Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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