Manage forage conservation

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 AHCBAC502, 'Manage forage conservation'.
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


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Plan for forage conservation

1.1 Determine the resource needs and end use requirements of forage conservation in the farm production system

1.2 Define forage conservation options and cost benefit

1.3 Select appropriate paddocks for forage conservation with regard to species selection and target growth stage

1.4 Select appropriate forage conservation machinery, equipment and personal protective equipment in accordance with manufacturer's specifications, work health and safety requirements and industry practice

1.5 Assess technology to ensure most efficient performance of operations

1.6 Ensure safe access to paddocks for harvesting and transport machinery

1.7 Plan and prepare storage facility or system for selected forage conservation method

1.8 Identify and minimise potential environmental impacts of forage conservation activities

1.9 Negotiate contracts and costs including crop inputs, machinery, harvest area and storage sites where applicable

1.10 Communicate details of work activities with workers or contractors where applicable

1.11 Identify work health and safety hazards and risks in forage conservation and develop control strategies

2. Prepare paddocks for forage conservation

2.1 Identify need for fertiliser, irrigation, weed control and grazing or slashing before closing paddock to stock at appropriate time

2.2 Identify optimum time for harvest of key species

2.3 Monitor and control weeds, pests and diseases

3. Oversee forage harvesting operations

3.1 Establish dry matter targets for the selected method of forage conservation

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

3.3 Assess condition and dry matter content of the crop throughout the harvesting operation

3.4 Select harvesting and conditioning machinery based on weather conditions and forage drying targets

3.5 Ensure that harvesting activities are conducted in a safe, controlled and efficient manner

3.6 Ensure that baling, wrapping, compacting, sealing or storage of forage is in accordance with storage plan

3.7 Ensure that forage is safely loaded, transported and stored in accordance with work health and safety and quality requirements and to minimise spoilage and the risk of combustion

4. Complete operation

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

4.2 Ensure waste and debris is disposed of to minimise environmental impact

4.3 Ensure that machinery and ancillary equipment is cleaned and serviced in accordance with manufacturer's specifications, work health and safety requirements and industry practice

4.4 Conduct quality checks on stored forage

4.5 Monitor and minimise environmental impacts of forage conservation activities including concentration of nutrients at field out areas and effluent run-off

4.6 Implement enterprise biosecurity policies