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Prof Frikkie Neser
Animal Science
LG 3. GO1
Department of Animal Science
IB 70
Agriculture Building: Block 1 1.G08A

Short CV

Frederick Wilhelm Cornelius Neser is a professor in Animal Breeding at the University of the Free State in South Africa and head of the Department Animal Wildlife and Grassland Sciences.  He is the author and co-author of more than 440 scientific and popular scientific publications in national and international journals as well as scientific congress presentations. He has received the David Uys trophy for the best article published in the South African Journal of Animal Science in both 1996, 2015 and 2017. In 1999, he was awarded a medal from the South African Society of Animal Science for an outstanding research project. In 2017, he received an award from the South African Society for Animal Science for the article most cited in the period 2011-2016. He also acts as sub-editor and referee for articles publish in the South African Journal of Animal Science and other international scientific journals. He was a council member of the South African Society of Animal Science and is currently on the International Committee of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP). He is also the honorary president of the South African Veldt Bull Club and is co-opted as a council member or technical consultant by several breeds. He was judge in 2010 as the Free State Agriculturist of the year and in 2019, he received an award for lifetime service rendered to the Livestock Industry in South Africa from the Independent Livestock Registering Authorities. He is currently an evaluated and a principal grantholder of the National Research Foundation.  He successfully gave study guidance to 24 M-degree and 10 D – degree students in the 24 years he is at the UFS. In 2004, one of his PhD students received a medal from the South African Society of Animal Science for an outstanding research project. In 2015, two of his Masters students receive the same medal. Currently 18 M-degree and 14 PhD students receive study guidance under his supervision.


Publications (Short List)

  1. Theunissen, A., Scholtz, M.M., Neser, F.W.C. & MacNeil, M.D., 2015. Crossbreeding with a Bonsmara dam line. Applied Animal Husbandry & Rural Development, vol 7, 17-21
  2. PIENAAR, L., NESER, F.W.C., GROBLER, J.P., SCHOLTZ, M.M. & MacNeil, M.D., 2015. Pedigree analysis of the Afrikaner cattle breed. Animal Genetic Resources, 1-6
  3.  MOKOLOBATE, M.C., SCHOLTZ, M.M., NESER, F.W.C. & BUCANAN, G. 2015. Approximation of forage demands for lactating beef cows of different body weights and frame sizes using the Large Stock Unit. Applied Animal Husbandry & Rural Development, vol 8, 34-38 

  4. Maciel, S., Fair, M.D. Scholtz, M.M., & Neser, F.W.C, 2016. Factors influencing reproduction and production performance of the Nguni cattle ecotypes in South Africa. Trop. Anim. Health Prod 48,1 57-85
  5. FOSTER, L.A., FOURIE, P.J. & NESER, F.W.C., 2016. A survey of lick supplementation and management practices of commercial beef farmers in the Zastron District. S. Afr. J. Agric. Ext. Vol 44 no 2 158 - 166
  6. WILLIAMS, R. SCHOLTZ, M.M., NESER, F.W.C., 2016. Optimal geographical areas for milk production in Holstein cows on pastures: modelled for current and future climatic conditions for current and future climatic conditions. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 46, 4 441-447
  7. Scholtz, M.M., Mokolobate, m.c., jordaan, f.j., Neser, F.W.C., & theunissen, a. 2016 A critical analyses of cow-calf efficiency in extensive beef production systems. Applied Animal Husbandry & Rural Development, vol 9, 11-20
  8. MacNeil, M.D., Mokolobate, M.C.M., Scholtz, M.M., JORDAAN, F.J. & Neser, F.W.C., 2017. Alternative approaches for evaluation of cow efficiency in South Africa. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 47, 2 118 – 123
  9. MacNeil, M.D., Scholtz, M.M., Theunissen, A., De Bruyn, j.f. & Neser, F.W.C., 2016. Crossbreeding in beef production: meta-analysis of breed means to estimate breed-specific effects on leather properties Animal Production. 57, 5, 811-814
  10. FOSTER, L.A., FOURIE, P.J. & NESER, F.W.C., 2018. Production parameters of a beef herd on transitional Cymbopogon-Themeda veld, receiving three different levels of lick supplementation. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 48,2 213-221
  11. PIENAAR, L., GROBLER, J.P., SCHOLTZ, M.M., SWART, H., MARX, M., EHLERS, K. & NESER, F.W.C., 2018. Genetic diversity of Afrikaner cattle in southern Africa. Trop Anim Health Prod (2018) 50: 399.
  12. Mokolobate, M.C., Scholtz, M.M., NESER, F.W.C. & Jordaan, F.J.,2018. Retrospect evaluation of cow productivity in the South African landrace breeds and its environmental impact. Journal of Animal Science, Volume 96, Issue suppl_3, 7 December 2018, Pages 520–521,
  13. PYOOS, C.M., SCHOLTZ, M.M., MACNEIL, A., THEUNISSEN & NESER, F.W.C., 2018. Production statistics for performance traits in fifteen different genotypes. Journal of Animal Science, Volume 96, Issue suppl_3, 7 December 2018, Pages 517,
  14. JOSLING, G.C., LEPORI, A.A., NESER, F.W.C., LUBOUT P.C. & VAN WYK, J.B. 2019. Preliminary results evaluating horn traits of economic importance in sable antelope (Hippotragus niger nigerS. Afr. J. Anim. Sci.49, 1. 40-49
  15. van der Westhuizen, L, Grobler, J.P., Bindeman, H., du Plessis, C., van Marle-Köster, E. & Neser, F.W.C. 2019. Estimating the genetic variability of the Letelle sheep breed with the use of microsatellite markers. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 49, 2. 281-289
  16. LEPORI, A.A., JOSLING, G.C., NESER, F.W.C., LUBOUT P.C. & VAN WYK, J.B. 2019. Preliminary results evaluating horn traits of economic importance in Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer). S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 49, 2. 363-370
  17. Mokolobate, M.C., Scholtz, M.M. & Neser, F.W.C., 2019. Investigating novelty traits to improve cow-calf efficiency in South African Afrikaner, Angus and Charolais for climate-smart production. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 49, 4. 605-611
  18. VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, L., MACNEIL, M.D., SCHOLTZ, M.M., NESER, F.W.C., MAKGAHLELA, M.L & van Wyk, J.B., 2019. Genetic variability and relationships in nine South African cattle breeds using microsatellite markers. Trop Anim Health Prod
  19. VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, L., MACNEIL, M.D., SCHOLTZ, M.M., NESER, F.W.C. 2019. Identification of genomic regions of contributing to wet carcass syndrome in sheep. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 49, 5. 845-856
  20. GROBLER, S.M., Scholtz, M.M., Neser, F.W.C. GREYLING, J.P.C., MOREY, L. & CALITZ, 2019. Effect of controlled breeding on performance of beef cattle in Central Bushveld bioregion. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 49, 6. 1013-


Area(s) of Interest

(Co)variance component and breeding value estimation in sheep, dairy and beef cattle.
Animal breeding Genotype x Environment interaction

Animal adaptation

Courses Presented

  • VKD214
  • DTL224
  • DTL314
  • DTL324
  • VKD461
  • DTL601
  • DTL602
  • DTL603
  • DAF424
  • MAL124
  • MVL707
  • VKD700

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