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Perform queen bee artificial insemination

Unit Descriptor This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to perform the artificial insemination (also known as instrumental insemination) of queen bees. It requires the application of knowledge and skills to identify appropriate artificial insemination (AI) techniques and to match them to breeding and queen and drone bee management requirements. The unit also requires the ability to schedule and obtain resources for insemination activities and to match queen and drone cycles to resource availability in order to maximise success rates. Work will involve recording and monitoring the AI program, identifying when reinsemination is necessary, and monitoring and suggesting improvements for future breeding programs.

1 . Determine breeding method.

  1. Options for artificial breeding are reviewed to determine most suitable and affordable method in line with breeding objectives.

  2. Artificial breeding option is selected and matched to resources so as to meet enterprise's queen and drone management program.

  3. Resource requirements of breeding programs are identified, sourced and arranged.

  4. Program schedules are prepared according to available resources.

  5. Suitable clothing and work environment for self and breeding support staff are made available and comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) and enterprise requirements.

2 . Implement breeding method.

  1. Genetic material is obtained from reliable and legitimate sources.

  2. Genetic material is received, checked and stored to ensure maximum viability and program outcomes, according to industry codes of practice.

  3. Rearing times are managed so that queen bees and drones are of appropriate age and condition when AI is scheduled to occur.

  4. Semen is collected from drones and queens are prepared and inseminated using hygienic techniques to minimise risk of contamination.

  5. After insemination, queen is placed in a colony of suitable strength and monitored to determine whether further insemination or treatments with carbon dioxide are required.

3 . Monitor and maintain program.

  1. Adjustments in genetic material transfer practices are reviewed to enhance success of future programs.

  2. Data on genetic material transfer programs is documented and maintained according to enterprise requirements.

  3. Success rates are determined from breeding objectives and are calculated and used to determine success of AI program.

  4. Information is supplied to relevant authorities to promote research and improvements in industry practice.

  5. Necessary modifications to queen and drone management program are identified and recorded to assist continuous improvement processes.

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?
How are activities planned and organised?
How are problem solving skills applied?
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?
How is use of technology applied?
How is team work used within this competency?

Range Statement

Artificial breeding options:

Breeding objectives may include:

Queen and drone management program may involve:

Resource requirements may include:

Things to consider when preparing AI program schedules include:

Clothing and work environment requirements include:

OHS requirements may include:

Genetic material may include:

Reliable and legitimate sources include:

Procedures for receiving, checking and storing genetic material include:

Appropriate age and condition for queen bees and drones used in AI include:

Preparation for intended recipients may involve:

Documented information should include:

Necessary modifications may relate to:

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed on its own or in combination with other units of competency relevant to the job function such as:

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The critical requirements for this unit of competency as a whole are listed below.

Assessment must confirm one's ability to:

Context and specific resources for assessment

Assessment for this unit of competency is to be largely practical in nature and will most appropriately be assessed in the workplace or in a situation that reproduces normal work conditions.

For valid assessment, one must have opportunities to participate in exercises, case studies and other real and simulated practical and knowledge assessments that demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to perform queen bee AI.

The candidate must also have access to the following resources:

Guidance information for assessment

To ensure consistency in one's performance, competency should be demonstrated on more than one occasion over a period of time in order to cover a variety of circumstances, cases and responsibilities, and where possible, over a number of assessment activities.

The skills and knowledge required to perform queen bee AI must be transferable to a range of work environments and contexts, including the ability to deal with unplanned events.