The University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Animal, Wildlife, and Grassland Sciences focuses on four disciplines, namely:

The production systems of a variety of livestock species (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry), ranging from intensive to extensive, are placed under scrutiny. The total spectrum from communal, small-scale to commercial and stud units, is covered.

The fourth discipline, Grassland Science, involves the study of all aspects regarding the utilisation, 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 in this respect the Wildlife discipline contributes to the efficient utilisation of the grazing ecosystem. The aim of training and research is eventually the optimal production of animal protein and fibre, whilst maintaining natural resources. The interaction between the various disciplines creates endless opportunities in the fields of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences.

Career Opportunities

The livestock industry in South Africa is responsible for 45% of the total agricultural production. Grassland Science also includes other related activities such as:

  • Game farming
  • Soil and environmental conservation

These disciplines offer a wide variety of career opportunities, such as:

  • breeders' societies,
  • farmers cooperatives,
  • development agencies,
  • production units,
  • research institutions,
  • government institutions,
  • pharmaceutical companies,
  • feed manufacturers, and
  • private consultants.
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Department of Animal, Wildlife, and Grassland Sciences
University of the Free State
PO Box 339 (70)

Fax: +27 51 401 2608
GPS Coordinates: S29 06.510 - E026 11.247


Head of Department
Prof Frikkie Neser
T: +27 51 401 9261

Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)
Dr Mike Fair  
T: +27 51 401 9056

General Enquiries
Dr Mike Fair
T: +27 51 401 9056


Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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