Purpose of this Qualification: The purpose of this qualification is to allow junior personnel and elected candidates to progress towards a position of farm labourers (operators) with specific reference to Animal Production. The contextualised purpose and usage of the qualification is as follows:

A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to participate as part of a working team, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to animal production in an established and familiar context under general supervision.

The learner will be able to perform directed activities and take responsibility for guiding others at lower level within an Animal Production context.

Competency will be gained in any of the specialised sub-fields of Animal Production as specified under Areas Of Specialization (i.e. Small stock, Large Stock, Dairy Production, Aqua Culture, etc.)

The learner will be able to make responsible decisions within a familiar range based on a sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices, in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge and skills, all in an Animal Production context.

The learner will be able to carry out familiar procedures in a limited environment and will be able to adhere to the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as applicable within the industry.

In addition to the above, the learner will be well positioned to extend learning and practice into other sub-fields such as Plant Production and Mixed Farming, since such efforts will only require additional learning within the elective scope of other qualifications at this level.

The learner will be well positioned to progress towards higher levels of management and technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.

Learners will be enabled to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

This qualification will allow qualifying learners to become economically active in farming practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream agriculture.

Finally, learners will be able to guide and direct others in terms of the implementation of smaller development projects within an Animal Production context.

Household food security and access to mainstream agriculture.


 Module 1: Communication

  • Access and use information from texts
  • Maintain and adapt oral communication
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Write for a defined context

Module 2: Mathematical Literacy

  • Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems
  • Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems
  • Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life
  • Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problem

Module 3: General Agricultural Practices

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and biological environment and its relationship to sustainable crop production
  • Monitor, collect and collate agricultural data
  • Recognise and identify the basic functions of the ecological environment
  • Apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly
  • Apply sustainable farming practices to conserve the ecological environment
  • Monitor water quality
  • Operate and support a food safety and quality management system in the agricultural supply chain
  • Utilise and perform minor repair and maintenance tasks on implements, equipment and infrastructure
  • Participate in agri/ecotourism practices at both micro and meso levels to tourists

Module 4: Animal Production

  • Apply animal products harvesting procedures
  • Consider plant botany during the placement of beehives
  • Define and understand production systems and production management
  • Identify basic breeding practices for farm animals
  • Observe and inspect animal health
  • Respond correctly to control defensive behaviour in animals
  • Understand animal nutrition
  • Determine livestock mass
  • Prepare a shearing shed for shearing

Module 5: Agricultural Business

  • Apply layout principles for conservation and infrastructure
  • Apply marketing principles in agriculture
  • Control inputs and stock in agri-business
  • Define and understand production systems and production management
  • Explain principles of human resources management and practices in agriculture
  • Identify and recognise factors influencing agricultural enterprise selection
  • Illustrate and understand the basic layout of financial statements


Duration: 12 Months

Delivery: Classroom/Online/Blended


  • Entry Level Requirement: Numeracy, Literacy & Communication equal to NQF 1
  • Technical skills pertaining to agricultural activities equal to NQF 1


  • Farmer /Farm Worker specializing in Animal Production
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Farm Team Leader


National Certificate: Animal Production

Accreditation: Agri Seta

SAQA ID: 48976

NQF Level: 2

Credits: 120

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