Castrate livestock

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 AHCLSK325, 'Castrate livestock'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Castrate livestock' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Prepare for animal castration

1.1 Interpret work to be undertaken from work program where necessary, and confirm with management

1.2 Hold discussions with other workers who may be affected by the activities to ensure continued smooth operation of the production process

1.3 Identify work health and safety hazards, assess risks, and implement suitable controls

1.4 Select, use and maintain suitable personal protective equipment

1.5 Hygienically clean castration area to minimise the risk of infection

1.6 Select and assemble equipment, instruments and resources needed for castration operations, ensuring adequate supplies of consumables

1.7 Separate male animals as required to facilitate ease of handling and to minimise stress and in compliance with animal welfare codes

2. Castrate animals

2.1 Select, catch and restrain individual animals using industry standard techniques

2.2 Check animals for health and soundness according to organisation guidelines

2.3 Castrate restrained animals in a humane and hygienic manner according to organisational guidelines, industry standards, and the relevant of animal welfare codes of practice

2.4 Complete records as instructed by organisational guidelines

3. Complete hygiene and administration activities

3.1 Remove all debris, waste material and animal residues from the site and dispose of in an environmentally aware and safe manner according to organisation work procedures

3.2 Hygienically clean, maintain and store instruments and equipment according to organisation work procedures

3.3 Maintain a clean and safe area throughout and on completion of work

3.4 Document work outcomes and report to the supervisor where appropriate according to organisation work procedures

4. Monitor castrates

4.1 Move animals from yard to pasture as soon as practical with minimal stress to reduce risk of infection

4.2 Monitor animals to identify post-castration complications

4.3 Identify and treat animals exhibiting signs of ill health or infection