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Demonstrate knowledge of sheep mating management practicesLevel / 4
Credits / 4
PurposePeople credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of: the influence of mating management practices on pregnancy and parturition in ewes; the mating management of rams throughout the year; and calculations related to sheep mating management practices.Subfield / Agriculture
Domain / Sheep Farming
Status / Registered
Status date / 17 July 2009
Date version published / 17 July 2009
Planned review date / 31 December 2014
Entry information / Open.
Accreditation / Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA, industry and teaching professional in the same field from another provider.
Standard setting body (SSB) / Primary Industry Training Organisation
Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference / 0052
This AMAP can be accessed at
On-farm procedures – the verbal and written instructions to staff on procedures for record keeping systems for rams.
Elements and performance criteria
Demonstrate knowledge of the influence of mating management practices on pregnancy and parturition in ewes.
1.1Mating management practices after mating are described in terms of their contribution to healthy pregnancy and successful parturition.
1.2Parturition targets are identified in terms of desirable birth patterns for ewes.
Rangedate and spread of parturition, timing of births.
1.3Mating management practices are described in terms of their influence on livestock wastage through infertility.
1.4Scanning procedures are described in terms of the procedures for, and importance of, identifying dry, single, and multiple bearing ewes.
Demonstrate knowledge of the mating management of rams throughout the year.
Rangenutrition, health, handling, timing.
2.1Management practices are described in relation to preparation of rams for mating.
2.2Management practices during mating are described in terms of those which maximise ram mating performance.
2.3Management practices from post-mating until next mating are described in terms of maintaining the condition of rams.
2.4Record keeping systems for rams are described in accordance with on-farm procedures.
Demonstrate knowledge of calculations related to sheep mating management practices.
3.1Demonstrate knowledge of calculations related to sheep mating management practices.
Rangeincludes but is not limited to – conception rates, estimated lambing percentages, replacement and cull rams.
Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
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Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
Comments on this unit standard
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