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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.

Undergraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Agriculture majoring in Animal Production Management
Bachelor of Agriculture majoring in Mixed Farming Management
Bachelor of Agriculture majoring in Wildlife Management
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Rangeland and Wildlife Ecology
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Animal Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Grassland Science
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Wildlife Production 

Admission requirements: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Admission Point 32
  • Mathematics 60% WITH TWO of the following subjects:
  • Physical Sciences 60%
  • Life Sciences 60%
  • Agricultural Sciences 60%

Admission requirements: Bachelor of Agriculture

  • Admission Point 30

  • Mathematics 40% OR

  • Mathematical Literacy 80% (IF Admission point is 31 and above)

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Closing Date
30 September

Postgraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Agriculture Honours majoring in Animal Production
Bachelor of Agriculture honours majoring in Wildlife Management
Bachelor of Science of Agriculture honours majoring in Animal Sciences
Bachelor of Science of Agriculture honours majoring in Grassland
Bachelor of Science of Agriculture honours majoring in Wildlife Science

Master’s Degree

Master of Agriculture majoring in Animal Production Management
Master of Agriculture majoring in wildlife Management
Master of Science in Agriculture majoring in Animal Science
Master of Science in Agriculture majoring in Grassland Science
Master of Science in Agriculture majoring in Wildlife 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 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.

Address

Department of Animal, Wildlife, and Grassland Sciences
University of the Free State
PO Box 339 (70)
Bloemfontein
9300

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

Contact:

General Enquiries
Neriche Green
E: greennak@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 2211
Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)
Dr Mike Fair  
E: Fairmd@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 9056
Head of Department
Prof Frikkie Neser
E: neserfw@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 9261

FACULTY CONTACT

Please contact us by email for assistance.
We are currently not in our offices, as per the lockdown measures in place for South Africa.


Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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