Manage organic livestock production

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 AHCORG402, 'Manage organic livestock production'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
Reference books for 'Manage organic livestock production' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)


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. Manage animal health and welfare

1.1 Consider natural behaviours of animals and requirements of animal welfare codes of practice in planning for organic livestock production

1.2 Select and use varieties/genetics for the enterprise that match environmental conditions and optimise animal health

1.3 Monitor livestock constantly for health and welfare and keep records

1.4 Develop animal health preventative strategies, communicate to others working on farm and implement

1.5 Identify and use animal health inputs suitable for organic systems where required

1.6 Follow restrictions and prohibited/restricted inputs for certified organic systems and quarantine if applicable

1.7 Conduct animal husbandry and transport in compliance with animal welfare principles and organic certification requirements

1.8 Maintain livestock records required for organic certification

2. Develop and implement supplementary feed requirements

2.1 Identify feed gaps and requirements for supplementary feed taking into account seasonal conditions and drought

2.2 Incorporate on-farm supplementary feed strategies including fodder crops, agroforestry or standing hay paddocks into the annual program for animal feed and on-farm sustainability

2.3 Implement good storage practises for feed inputs to ensure quality is maintained

2.4 Purchase and use nutritional inputs in the feed program that meet relevant Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles where applicable

3. Develop and implement a sustainable grazing strategy

3.1 Determine feed requirements, sustainable carrying capacity and a sustainable stocking rate for the enterprise that takes into account seasonal variability and livestock needs

3.2 Determine indicators and benchmarks for sustainable pasture, land and soil use for the property

3.3 Identify grazing infrastructure required for a planned grazing strategy and incorporate into a property improvement program

3.4 Develop and implement a planned grazing system that ensures optimal livestock health and productivity at all times

3.5 Develop and implement a planned grazing system that matches stocking rate to carrying capacity and ensure sustainable pasture, land and soil condition at all times

3.6 Optimise soil and plant health to provide a nutrient-dense and balanced diet for livestock

3.7 Monitor the grazing system to ensure productivity and sustainability on an on-going basis

3.8 Implement strategies for controlling weeds in pastures based on Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles where applicable

3.9 Keep grazing and feed records for enterprise management and to ensure compliance to Organic Standards where applicable

4. Manage farm fertility for the livestock enterprise

4.1 Estimate level of nutrients exported from farm

4.2 Implement a fertility monitoring program such as soil-testing, plant testing or observation of pasture species to monitor pasture and soil fertility

4.3 Maintain soil nutrient levels and balance through recycling, optimising nutrient availability in soil and/or sourcing fertility inputs that meet Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles where applicable

4.4 Eliminate the risk of weed and chemical contamination to the farm by following Organic Standards and/or agro-ecological principles

4.5 Keep fertility input records for enterprise management and to ensure compliance to Organic Standards where applicable