Manage pastures for livestock production

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Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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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
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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 AHCBAC401, 'Manage pastures for livestock production'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Develop a pasture management program

1.1 Assess pasture types on property and seasonal production potential and limitations

1.2 Confirm or modify livestock production and enterprise objectives to develop production targets achievable by each pasture type

1.3 Assess grazing and rest period requirements of pasture types for pasture quality, quantity and persistence considerations

1.4 Assess nutrient requirements for pastures to determine appropriate fertiliser and soil ameliorant program

1.5 On properties / paddocks with irrigation, determine appropriate irrigation schedules for each soil and pasture type using assessed water requirements, rainfall, Readily Available Water and evapo-transpiration data

1.6 Identify and plan grazing and fodder conservation strategies

1.7 Determine infrastructure and resources required to support grazing management

1.8 Identify and account for budgetary constraints appropriately

1.9 Develop appropriate pasture management program

1.10 Identify hazards in pasture management and assess risks

2. Implement pasture management program

1.1 Identify work health and safety hazards and implement controls

1.2 Monitor pasture capacity appropriately

1.3 Implement planned strategic grazing to reduce or eradicate areas of weed infestation and maintain ground cover

1.4 Determine fertiliser and soil ameliorant applications and rates appropriate to pasture type, soil analysis and production targets, and applied accordingly

1.5 On properties / paddocks with irrigation, monitor soil moisture and schedule watering

1.6 Apply technology to ensure most efficient performance of operations

1.7 Develop and implement appropriate processes to minimise waste, soil degradation and environmental impacts

3. Monitor pasture growth and fodder production

3.1 Determine longer term trends in weed, pest and disease incidence and implement any identified changes to control measures

3.2 Monitor soil structure and risks of erosion, determine changes to cultural practices, grazing management and drainage to improve soil quality

3.3 On properties with irrigation, check and maintain irrigation and drainage systems

3.4 Monitor grazing management to ensure sustainable pasture and optimal livestock production levels

3.5 Identify feed surpluses and deficiencies and rectify appropriately

3.6 Monitor pasture maturity and conduct seed harvesting to meet any marketing and production targets

4. Review production level

4.1 Monitor pasture yields and evaluate against forecast production levels

4.2 Evaluate grazing programs for sustainability of the land and pasture resource, and livestock profitability

4.3 Collect and maintain physical and financial records of production for analysis and evaluation of production performance