Grade beef carcases using Meat Standards Australia standards

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Assessment Template
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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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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. Apply the MSA system

1.1 Identify consumer preferences for eating quality traits

1.2 Identify factors impacting on eating quality

2. Grade beef carcases to MSA standards

2.1 Accurately identify and allocate reasons for non-compliance

2.2 Identify default inputs required for MSA grading

2.3 Assess maturity, MSA marbling, hump height, fat distribution and hide puller damage to MSA standards

2.4 Calibrate, maintain and operate equipment used for measuring ultimate pH and record calibration results

2.5 Measure ultimate pH

2.6 Identify hanging method

2.7 Record AUS-MEAT chiller assessment measurements of the carcase to be graded

2.8 Generate an eating quality outcome for graded carcases

3. Operate MSA software and hardware to record grading details and generate eating quality outcomes

3.1 Access and operate MSA software and hardware

3.2 Enter, store, sort, retrieve, check and validate, interpret and forward data

3.3 Generate grading reports

4. Apply vendor declaration information to MSA grading

4.1 Identify and interpret essential information on vendor declarations and delivery paperwork

4.2 Manage MSA vendor declarations in accordance with the MSA Standards

4.3 Activate Data Capture Unit (DCU) defaults in accordance with the vendor declaration

5. Identify MSA graded carcase product to demonstrate traceability

5.1 Identify system for identifying graded product

5.2 Apply slaughter floor ticket information

5.3 Identify carcases appropriately for carcase sorting and cuts harvesting

6. Adhere to the MSA Standards Manual

6.1 Complete all aspects of MSA grading in accordance with the Standards Manual and Licensing requirements

6.2 Grade carcases according to the MSA system

6.3 Identify and resolve grading problems

7. Comply with workplace requirements

7.1 Comply with applicable workplace health and safety, workplace and regulatory requirements whilst grading

Qualifications and Skillsets

AMPA3092 appears in the following qualifications:

  • AMP30216 - Certificate III in Meat Processing (Food Services)
  • AMP30716 - Certificate III in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance)
  • AMP30616 - Certificate III in Meat Processing (General)