Dairy Occupational Qualification

SAQA registered qualification regulated by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO)

Qualification Code: 612102, Curriculum Code: 612102001

Covers NQF levels 1 – 5

The Dairy Occupational Qualification covers all aspects of dairy farming throughout its 13 Modules. Each module has a knowledge (theory), practical skills and workplace experience component.

The qualification consist of three different levels with the required modules:

  • Dairy farmworker (Module 1 – 6, 8)
  • Dairy farm supervisor (Module 1 – 8)
  • Dairy farm unit manager (Module 9 – 13)

The modules can also be presented separately and each module completed will be recognised. The qualification as a dairy farmer can only be obtained once the learner has completed both the dairy supervisor and manager levels.

Foundational learning competence is a prerequisite and the qualification can also be attained in part through recognition of prior learning (RPL). This includes the assessment of previous learning interventions and work experience followed by an external integrated summative assessment (EISA).

Module 1: South African Dairy Farming Environment

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introduction to the South African dairy industry
  • Dairy breeds
  • Basic dairy-farming business concepts

 

Module 2: Dairy Calf and Heifer Rearing, Feeding and Health care

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introduction to dairy calf and heifer health care
  • Calf-rearing systems
  • Hygiene and care
  • Calf-feeding concepts
  • Awareness of dairy calf diseases
  • Calf and heifer care and production concepts

 

Module 3: Dairy Animal Health care

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Diagrammatic illustrations and basic functions of the anatomical systems
  • General dairy livestock health
  • Awareness of the causes of disease in dairy animals
  • Health assessment
  • Parasites and basic life cycles
  • Farm biosecurity and risk prevention (including zoonotic diseases)

 

Module 4: Dairy Animal Production

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Animal herding and handling practices
  • Dairy animal breeding concepts
  • Water supply systems on dairy farms
  • Fencing on a dairy farm

 

Module 5: Dairy Livestock Feeding

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Dairy feed types and feeding practices
  • Feeding of heifers
  • Feeding of cows in milk
  • Feeding of dry cows
  • Feeding facilities and equipment

 

Module 6: Milk Harvesting and In-parlour Processing

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Milk-harvesting facilities
  • Udder health
  • The milk-harvesting process
  • Dairy parlour equipment and systems
  • Dairy parlour hygiene
  • Essential production records
  • Composition of milk and quality indicators
  • In-parlour processing and quality control concepts

 

Module 8: Code of Practice for Milk Producers

VIEW PAGE 22 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introduction to Code of Practice for milk producers
  • Structural requirements and machine maintenance
  • Good milking practices
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Hygiene
  • Documentation
  • Standards of and quality control for raw milk

 

 

 

 

SAQA ID: 105011

Module 1: South African Dairy Farming Environment 

VIEW PAGE 14 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 3

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introduction to the South African dairy industry
  • Dairy breeds
  • Basic dairy-farming business concepts

 

 

 

Module 2: Dairy Calf and Heifer Rearing, Feeding and Health care

VIEW PAGE 15 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 3

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introduction to dairy calf and heifer health care
  • Calf-rearing systems
  • Hygiene and care
  • Calf-feeding concepts
  • Awareness of dairy calf diseases
  • Calf and heifer care and production concepts

 

 

 

Module 3: Dairy Animal Health care

VIEW PAGE 16 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 2

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Diagrammatic illustrations and basic functions of the anatomical systems
  • General dairy livestock health
  • Awareness of the causes of disease in dairy animals
  • Health assessment
  • Parasites and basic life cycles
  • Farm biosecurity and risk prevention (including zoonotic diseases)

 

 

 

Module 4: Dairy Animal Production

VIEW PAGE 17 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 3

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Animal herding and handling practices
  • Dairy animal breeding concepts
  • Water supply systems on dairy farms
  • Fencing on a dairy farm

 

 

 

Module 5: Dairy Livestock Feeding

VIEW PAGE 18 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 3

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Dairy feed types and feeding practices
  • Feeding of heifers
  • Feeding of cows in milk
  • Feeding of dry cows
  • Feeding facilities and equipment

 

 

 

Module 6: Milk Harvesting and In-parlour Processing

VIEW PAGE 19 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 3

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Milk-harvesting facilities
  • Udder health
  • The milk-harvesting process
  • Dairy parlour equipment and systems
  • Dairy parlour hygiene
  • Essential production records
  • Composition of milk and quality indicators
  • In-parlour processing and quality control concepts

 

 

 

Module 7: Team Leadership

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NQF Level 4

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introductory thoughts on supervision
  • Performance standards
  • Motivation and team leadership
  • Interpersonal relations
  • First-line discipline
  • Work efficiency and effectiveness

 

 

 

Module 8: Code of Practice for Milk Producers

VIEW PAGE 21 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 4

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introduction to Code of Practice for milk producers
  • Structural requirements and machine maintenance
  • Good milking practices
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Hygiene
  • Documentation
  • Standards of and quality control for raw milk

 

 

SAQA ID: 101570

Module 9: Dairy Production Management

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NQF Level 5

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Dairy farm design concepts
  • Dairy animal breeding
  • Dairy animal nutrition
  • Dairy animal health management

 

 

Module 10: Farm Business Management

VIEW PAGE 24 OF TRAINING PROSPECTUS

NQF Level 5

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Farm business management
  • Farm labour management
  • Financial and stock management
  • Natural resource management
  • Introductory overview of dairy farming-related legislation

 

Module 11: Pasture Management

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NQF Level 5

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introduction to the concepts of cultivated pastures on South African dairy farms
  • Farm planning
  • Pastures and fodder flow
  • Principles of grazing management
  • Nutritional value of green pastures
  • Health risks of dairy cattle on pastures

 

Module 12: Reproduction Management

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NQF Level 5

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • Introductory concepts of reproduction on South African dairy farms
  • Anatomy of the bovine reproductive system
  • Basic reproductive physiology
  • The production cycle of female and male dairy animals
  • Bovine reproductive diseases and syndromes
  • Reproduction management

 

 

Module 13: Biosecurity Management

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NQF Level 4

KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT
  • The state of biosecurity in South Africa
  • Risks associated with dairy and the cost of disease
  • Basics of biosecurity with regard to the animals, people and programmes
  • Assessment of biosecurity status
  • Development of a biosecurity plan