Prof Danie Vermeulen, new Faculty Dean
Prof Danie Vermeulen, new Faculty Dean
The Council of the UFS approved the appointment of Prof Danie Vermeulen as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences during its meeting on 11 March 2016.


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UFS Scientists part of team: Dissecting the Milky Way
UFS Scientists part of team: Dissecting the Milky Way
H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) scientists publically revealed their latest galactic discovery in the international science journal, Nature, on 16 March 2016.


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Institute for Groundwater Studies Lab Globally Endorsed
Institute for Groundwater Studies Lab Globally Endorsed
The IGS Laboratory at the UFS is on equal footing with international testing labs. With its accreditation in March 2016 by SANAS, this lab now officially meets global standards.


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Lithium-Ion Batteries Research Improving Ordinary Lives
Lithium-Ion Batteries Research Improving Ordinary Lives
The future of scientific research at the Qwaqwa Campus is in good hands. Dr L Koao is one of the members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme (PSP) on this Campus.


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Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences

Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences Home Page

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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Last updated: 03 February 2014 08:59