Conserve forage

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCBAC301A, 'Conserve forage'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for forage conservation

1.1. Determine forage conservation options from the production plan.

1.2. Identify risk factors for spoilage in forage conservation such as fire, vermin and air in silage.

1.3. Confirm that paddock conditions are suitable for forage production.

1.4. Prepare forage conservation machinery and equipment in accordance with manufacturer's specifications, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements and industry practice.

1.5. Ensure clear access to paddocks for harvesting and transport machinery.

1.6. Prepare storage facility for selected forage conservation method.

2. Prepare paddocks for forage conservation

2.1. Close paddock to stock access at appropriate time.

2.2. Report on the growth stage of the crop for harvest.

2.3. Control pests, weeds and diseases to maintain forage bulk and quality.

3. Make forage

3.1. Identify safety hazards and implement OHS procedures for forage conservation.

3.2. Monitor weather conditions to determine optimum time for harvest and to ensure quality.

3.3. Identify dry matter target and assess dry matter content of forage material for the forage operation.

3.4. Mow, condition, tedder and/or rake swaths depending on weather conditions and forage drying targets.

3.5. Conduct harvesting activities in a safe, controlled and efficient manner.

3.6. Check equipment during harvesting operations regularly for wear and damage.

3.7. Bale, wrap, compact, seal or store forage in accordance with storage plan.

3.8. Load, transport, and store/compact (if required) forage in accordance with OHS and quality requirements.

3.9. Store forage so as to minimise risk of spoilage and combustion.

4. Complete operations

4.1. Complete records in accordance with quality assurance requirements and industry practice.

4.2. Dispose of all waste and debris to minimise environmental impacts.

4.3. Clean and service machinery and ancillary equipment in accordance with manufacturer's specifications, OHS requirements and industry practice.

4.4. Test or sample stored forage for quality.

4.5. Report on environmental impacts of forage conservation activities such as effluent run off.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCBAC301A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC30310 - Certificate III in Horse Breeding
  • AHC30110 - Certificate III in Agriculture
  • AHC30210 - Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)