The University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Animal Science, Wildlife and Grassland Science focuses on the 3 disciplines namely;
in a variety of livestock species (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry) in production systems, ranging from intensive to extensive. The total spectrum from communal, small-scale through to commercial and stud units being covered.
The fourth discipline of Grassland Science involves the study of all aspects regarding the utilization, conservation and improvement of rangeland and cultivated pastures – in harmony with animal production.
Grassland Science is also committed to the conservation of the environment and here the discipline of Wildlife contributes to the efficient utilization of the grazing ecosystem. The aim in training and research is eventual optimal animal protein and fibre production, whilst maintaining the natural resources. The interaction between the various disciplines creates endless opportunities in the fields of Animal Science, Wildlife and Grassland Science.
The livestock industry in South Africa is responsible for 45% of the total agricultural production. Grassland Science also includes other related activities like;
- game farming,
- soil and environmental conservation.
These disciplines therefore offer a wide variety of career opportunities like;
- breed societies,
- farmer co-operatives,
- development agencies,
- production units,
- research institutions,
- government institutions,
- pharmaceutical companies,
- feed manufacturers and
- private consultants.