Pig Production Course - QQI Level 6
PART 1: Pig Production Workshops
This will consist of 20 one-day workshops in pig production on the following topics
|3||Herd health control||
|6.||Feeding the breeding herd||
|7||Keeping accurate records||
|9||Sow and litter management||
|10||Diseases of pigs||
|12||Environmental control systems||
|13||Health and safety||
|14||Weaned pig management||
|16||Marketing the slaughter pig||
|17||Protecting the environment||
|18||Analysing herd performance||
|19||Welfare and quality assurance||
Participants will be required to attend 80% of these workshops.
PART 2: Work Experience
- Trainees will be required to work full time on one or more pig units approved by Teagasc for the purposes of training for a minimum period of 24 months.
- Approved units will be required to participate in the Teagasc PigSys Recording system and provide the trainee with access to all technical production and financial data
- All training units will be required to be contract advisory clients of Teagasc Pig Development Unit
- Training units will be required to facilitate trainees in the conduct of projects associated with their training
- Training units will be required to allow Teagasc personnel to visit trainees on the unit subject to reasonable bio-security precautions for training and trainee assessment purposes.
PART 3: Skills Training
- Each training unit is required to nominate one experienced person as the skills trainer for that unit. Their name must be submitted to Teagasc.
- Each nominated skills trainer will be required to attend a briefing conducted by Teagasc on training pig skills prior to being approved as a skills trainer.
- Trainees may be assessed by independent assessors on the unit on their competence in the various designated skills.
- The designated skills in which trainees will be required to be competent include
Number Practical Skill 1 Gilt selection 2 Vaccination of adult stock 3 Oestrus detection in sows and gilts 4 Artificial Insemination 5 Mange and worm control 6 Sow condition assessment 7 Washing and disinfecting houses 8 Supervising the farrowing sow 9 Teeth clipping 10 Tail docking 11 Iron injection 12 Creep feeding 13 Weaning the sow and litter 14 Taking pig temperature 15 Vaccinating piglets 16 Setting environmental controllers 17 Operating dry feed equipment 18 Operating wet feed equipment 20 Selecting pigs for sale 21 Handling and moving pigs 22 Slap marking and ear tagging
- Teagasc Pig Development Unit will draft a set of recommended procedures for carrying out the skills listed above/
PART 4: Lectures and Workshops
- Trainees will be required to attend and complete modules at a designated centre.
- The modules will include the following
Type* Module Code Module Title M CP13 Soils & the Environment M Course and Career Planning M GM64 Communications (NCVA Level 5 Module) M GM71 Cash Accounts M GM88 Safety on the Farm M GM89 Food Assurance, Animal Health & Welfare M MM02 Succession and Inheritance M MM25 Farm Management Discussion Group M MM30 Farm Planning O LT02 Animal Health, Welfare & Veterinary Medicines O MT01 Safe Use of Pesticide Products O MT03 Tractor Driving P GM41 Introduction to Computers and IT
- These modules may be conducted in conjunction with other participant in Fetac Level 6 training and may involve some evening as well as day sessions.
- Minimum attendance requirements apply for these modules in order to qualify for the QQI Level 6 Award
PART 5: Farm Projects
- Each trainee will be required to carry out a project (s) on the training unit supervised by Teagasc Pig Development Officer and the unit owner/manager
- The topic selected will be agreed between the trainee, the development officer and the unit owner/manager.
- Each trainee will be required to write a report on the project and present findings to the training group.
- Examples of projects include “weaner growth rate”
- Project work has a credit rating of 15.