Drop sock and pull shoulder pelt

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to perform the opening cut drop sock and pull shoulder pelt on sheep and goats.


This unit is applicable to the slaughter floor task involving the freeing of the pelt from the forequarter of sheep or goats.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Open pelt

1.1. Pelt is opened in accordance with workplace requirements.

1.2. Pelt is opened in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) requirements.

2. Clear pelt

2.1. Pelt is cleared from around both forelegs in accordance with workplace requirements.

2.2. Pelt is cleared from shoulder area following OH&S requirements to avoid the risks of damage and contamination to the carcase.

Required Skills

Required skills

Ability to:

use correct cutting lines

apply relevant OH&S and regulatory requirements

apply relevant communication skills

work effectively as an individual and as part of a team

take action to improve work performance as a result of self-evaluation, feedback from others, or in response to changed work practices or technology

Required knowledge

Knowledge of:

general economic impact of nicked, soiled or damaged hide/pelt and scored meat

relevant work instructions for opening and clearing the foreleg and shoulder area

relevant OH&S and regulatory requirements

potential sources of contamination and cross-contamination

ways of minimising contamination

general anatomy of carcase relevant to the task

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

The meat industry has specific and clear requirements for evidence. A minimum of three forms of evidence is required to demonstrate competency in the meat industry. This is specifically designed to provide evidence that covers the demonstration in the workplace of all aspects of competency over time.

These requirements are in addition to the requirements for valid, current, authentic and sufficient evidence.

Three forms of evidence means three different kinds of evidence - not three pieces of the same kind. In practice it will mean that most of the unit is covered twice. This increases the legitimacy of the evidence.

All assessment must be conducted against Australian meat industry standards and regulations.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Competency must be demonstrated at the normal chain speed.

Context of, and specific resources for assessment

Competency must be assessed in an operating processing plant.

Method of assessment

Recommended methods of assessment include:

quiz of underpinning knowledge

workplace demonstration

workplace referee or third-party report of performance over time.

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander, gender, or language backgrounds other than English. Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role.

Guidance information for assessment

A current list of resources for this unit of competency is available from MINTRAC or telephone 1800 817 462.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Workplace requirements may include:

enterprise-specific requirements

hygiene and sanitation requirements

OH&S requirements

Quality Assurance (QA) requirements

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

the ability to perform the task to production requirements

work instructions.

OH&S requirements may include:

enterprise OH&S policies, procedures and programs

OH&S legal requirements

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include:

coats and aprons

ear plugs or muffs

eye and facial protection


lifting assistance

mesh aprons

protective boot covers

protective hand and arm covering

protective head and hair covering


waterproof clothing

work, safety or waterproof footwear

requirements set out in standards and codes of practice.

Regulatory requirements may include:

Export Control Act

hygiene and sanitation requirements

relevant Australian Standards

relevant regulations

requirements set out in AS 4696:2007 Australian Standard for Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption

federal, state and territory regulations regarding meat processing.

Communication skills may include:

listening and understanding

speaking clearly and directly

sharing information

working with diverse individuals and groups.


Unit sector

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable