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 AWARD: Most cited article by a SASAS member in the SAJAS.

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President's Award

To a person who has made a particular and significant contribution to animal science, the animal industry profession, or the Society.

Year     Recipient
2017     Prof JB Jansen van Ryssen
2016     Prof H.C. (Hettie) Schönfeldt
2015     Mr G. Buchanan
2014     Mr A.M. Mahanjane
2013     Mr G.M. Schutte
2012     Prof V Muchenje
2011     SA Stud Book and Animal Improvement Centre
2010     Mr J Bekker
2009     Mr Paul Bevan
2008     Prof L.R. Ndlovu
2007     Animal Feed Manufacturers Association, South Africa
2006     Dr S.W.P. Cloete
2005     Prof N.H. Casey
2004     Dr A.G. Paterson
2003     Dr F.J. van der Merwe
2002     Prof J.B.J. van Ryssen
2001     Prof C.Z. Roux
2000     Mr J.F. Naudé
1999     Dr J.F.G. Klingbiel
1998     Mr J.C. Booysen


Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals may be awarded biennially to members of the Society in each of the following categories:

  • Research (for members serving in a research capacity)
  • Technology transfer (for members providing advisory, consultative or educational services; and
  • Industry development (for members serving in the animal production industry)

Bronze Medals
In respect of achievements in a particular year pertaining to:

  • In the research category, a meritorious thesis, dissertation or other scientific publication relevant to research in the field of animal science;
  • In the technology transfer category, the application of innovative management systems or new techniques for the transfer of knowledge and technology regarding animal science and related fields; and
  • In the industry development category, as a deserving contribution towards the development and improvement of production in the livestock industry.

Silver Medals
In respect of achievements over a number of years pertaining to:

  • In the research category, an exceptionally deserving and orignal research effort or meritorious contributions which have been published in recognised and refereed scientific journals
  • In the technology transfer category, exceptional achievements or innovations of significant importance in the use and transfer of knowledge and technology regarding animal science and related fields; and
  • In the industry development category, exceptional contributions and involvement that significantly influenced and directed the development and improvement of production in the livestock industry.

Gold Medals
To a member of the Society who has served animal science and the Society honourably and in such a distinguished manner that his/her quality of scientific contributions, achievements, involvement and extended service to South Africa's animal production industry has been recognised as exceptionally meritorious by many, both nationally and internationally.


2017 Prof JB van Wyk Prof K Dzama Dr ME Idamokoro
Dr FE Mukumbo
Dr N Nyangiwe

Prof E. (Esté) van Marle-Köster
Dr T.J. Dugmore

Dr L. (Lise) Sandenbergh
Dr A.M.J. (Maria) Smith-Stofberg
Ms Z. (Zimkitha) Soji

2015 Prof J.B.J. van Ryssen Dr C.J.C. Muller Dr A.Y. Chulayo
Ms T. Needham
Me L. Pienaar
Ms M.C. Mokobate
2014 Prof C.Z. Roux Dr J. Viljoen
Dr J. Coetzee
Ms C. Garritsen
2013   Dr WA van Niekerk Dr C. Visser
Ms M. Sakkers
Dr P.O. Fayemi
2012     Dr Busani Moyo
2011 Prof N.H. Casey
Mr J.C. Booysen
  Ms T. Calitz
2010   Dr C.M. Coetzer Ms L. Erasmus
Ms L.L. Laubscher
2009     Ms Nadia Swanepoel
2008   Prof J.P.C. Greyling Ms E. Malleson
2007 Prof L.R. Ndlovu Dr H.H. Köster
Prof T.S. Brand
Dr Langa Simela
Dr Bernice Mostert
2006   Dr J. van der Westhuizen
Prof L.C. Hoffman
Dr H. (Helet) Lambrechts
Mr D. Backhouse
2004 Dr H.H. Meissner
Prof S.J. Schoeman
Dr S.W.P. Cloete Mr F.J. Kleyn
Dr S.D. Mulugeta
2002 Prof RM Gous
Prof GJ Erasmus
Dr JJ Olivier
Dr WA Smith
Ms C Jansen van Rensburg
Ms H Skrypzeck
2000 Prof JFW Grosskopf
Mr DJ Bosman
Prof JBJ van Ryssen Dr JA Meyer
1999 Prof AW Lishman
Dr WD Basson
Prof SJ Schoeman Dr GE Schroeder
Ms R (Retha) Kok
Dr FWC Neser
Dr HE (Helena) Theron
Dr MA (Gretha) Snyman
1998 Dr RT Naudé Prof NH Casey Mr JL Maritz
1996     Dr EC Webb
1995   Prof GJ Erasmus Ms M (Merida) Smuts
Mr HW van Pletzen
Dr JB van Wyk
1994   Dr LJ Erasmus  
1993     Dr PH Henning
Dr JF de Bruyn
Dr GG Bruwer
1992   Dr HAW Venter Mr MJ Herselman
Mnr L Bergh
1991 Prof H Heyns Dr PE Lombard Mr TS Brand
MR PJC Conradie
1990   Prof AO de Lange
Dr DM Gammon
Dr GJ Delport
Mr NS Ferguson
1989 Dr JG Boyazoglu Dr HJ Meaker  
1988 Dr FJ van der Merwe Prof RM Gous
Prof TJ Bembridges
Dr JN Swart
Mr SWP Cloete
1987   Dr RI Mackie
Mr PG Stewart
Dr CW Cruywagen
1986 Mr DS Uys Mr JHH Louwrens Ms MVP (Marion) Reid
1985 Dr FMC (Francis) Gilchrist Prof JP Hayes Dr AG Paterson
1984 Dr JH Hofmeyr Dr H Hamburger Mr WA Fourie
1983 Dr J van Marlé Prof EJB Bishop Dr D Wentzel
1982 Dr SJJ van Rensburg Dr CZ Roux
Mr DJ Bosman
1981 Dr JW Groenewald Dr HH Meissner Mr IL Ferreira
1980 Dr RC Eliott Dr WA Vosloo
Prof DR Osterhoff
Dr LP van Schalkwyk
1979 Dr JJJ Kotzé Dr Gerrit N Louw
Prof J Olivier
Dr HAW Venter
1977 Dr JS Starke Dr RT Naudé
Dr EAN Engels
MR AT Stubbs
1976 Prof AM Gericke Dr JH Lombard Dr EA Schoeman
1975 Dr HC Luitingh Dr HS Hofmeyr
Dr JDG Steenkamp
1974 Mr PK van der Merwe Dr AW Lishman  
1973 Mr JC Raath Mr RB Symington  
1972 Dr DM Joubert Mr GH Braak Mr DS Uys
1971 Dr WA Verbeek Dr Gideon N Louw Dr GF du Plessis (postuum)
1970 Mr JAK van der Merwe Dr FMC (Francis) Gilchrist Dr T Erasmus
1969 Mr R Hirzel Dr JD Skinner
Dr GO Harwin
1968 Prof JC Bonsma Dr A Smith
Dr GD Nel
1967 Dr JC Swart Dr BDH van Niekerk
Mr HBK Opperman
1966 Dr LL Roux Dr JG Boyazoglu
Mr KS Ainslie
1965 Dr FN Bonsma Dr RC Elliott
Dr PJS Pieterse
1964 Dr AE Romyn Dr GL Hunter

David Uys Trophy

To a member of the Society for the best scientific article published in the South African Journal of Animal Science in the previous year.

R. Williams, M.M. Scholtz & F.W.C. Neser, 2016. Geographical influence of heat stress on milk production of Holstein dairy cattle on pasture in South Africa under current and future climatic conditions. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 46, 441-447.


Z. Brand & S.W.P. Cloete.  An exploratory analysis to determine the impact of fixed effects and to establish genetic parameters across six types of ostrich feathers. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 45, 20-29.

C.B. Banga, F.W.C. Neser & D.J. Garrick. Breeding objectives for Holstein cattle in South Africa. S.Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 44, 199-214.

C.J.L. du Toit, H.H. Meissner & W.A. van Niekerk. Direct methane and nitrous oxide emissions of South African dairy and beef cattle. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 43, 320-339. 

J. du Toit, J.B. van Wyk & A. Maiwashe. Correlated response in longevity from direct selection for production in the South African Jersey breed. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 42,  38-46.

R, Danisman & R.M. Gous, 2011. Effect of dietary protein on the allometric relationships between some carcass portions and body protein in three broiler strains.S. Afr J. Anim. Sci. 41, 194-208

B.D. Nkosi, R. Meeske, H.J. van der Merwe, O. Acheampong-Boateng and T. Langa
Effects of dietary replacement of maize grain with popcorn waste products on nutrient digestibility and performance by lambs.  S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 40, 133-139

L.M. Beffa, J.B. van Wyk and G.J. Erasmus
Long-term selection experiment with Afrikaner cattle 4. Cow fertility and calf survival.
S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 39, 114-126

E.T. Berhe and R.M. Gous, 2008. Effect of dietary protein content on growth, uniformity and mortality of two commercial broiler strains. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 38. 293-302.

S.W.P. Cloete, J.J. Olivier, E. du Toit & F.H. Dreyer, 2007. Genetic analysis of faecal worm egg count in South African Merinos under natural challenge.  S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 37, 237-247.

B.E. Mostert, H.E. Theron, F.H.J. Kanfer & E. van Marle-Köster, 2006. Adjustment of heterogeneous variances and a calving year effect in test-day models for national genetic evaluation of dairy cattle in South Africa. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci.  36, 165-174.

J.van E. Nolte & A.V. Ferreira, 2005 . The effect of rumen degradable protein level and source on the duodenal essential amino acid profile of sheep. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 35, 162-171.

K.A. Nephawe, 2004. Application of random regression models to the genetic evaluation of cow weight in Bonsmara cattle of South Africa. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 34, 166-173.

M.S. Lukhele & J.B.J. van Ryssen, 2003. The chemical composition and potential nutritive value of the foliage of  four subtropical tree species in southern Africa for ruminants. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 33, 132-141.

G.J.M. Coetzee & L.C. Hoffman, 2002. Effects of various dietary n-3/n-6 fatty acid ratios on the performance and body composition of broilers.  S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 32, 175-184.   

B.E. Mostert, H.E. Theron & F.H.J. Kanfer, 2001. The effect of calving season and age at calving on production traits of South African dairy cattle. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 31, 205-214.

J.G. van der walt, E.A. Boomker, A. Meintjies & W.A. Schultheiss, 1999. Effect of water intake on the nitrogen balance of sheep fed a low or a medium protein diet. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 29, 105-119.

H.O. de Waal & G.J. Koekemoer, 1997. Blood, rib bone and rumen fluid as indicators of  phosphorus status of grazing beef cattle cows supplemented with different levels of phosphorus at Armoedsvlakte. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 27, 76-84.

M.J. Linington, J.H.F. Meyer & J.G. van der Walt, 1996. The plasma composition of karakul lambs fed isocaloric high- and low-fibre diets. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 26, 79-84.

J.J. Olivier, G.J. Erasmus, J.B. van Wyk & K.V. Konstantinov, 1995. Response to selection on BLUP of breeding values in the Grootfontein Merino stud. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 25, 13-15.

F.W.C. Neser, K.V. Konstantinov & G.J. Erasmus, 1994. An investigation into genetic evaluation using an animal model when paternity is uncertain. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 24, 77-79.

H.H. Meissner, M. Smuts, W.A. van Niekerk & O. Acheampong-Boateng, 1993. Rumen ammonia concentrations, and non-ammonia nitrogen passage to and apparent absorption from the small intestine of sheep ingesting subtropical, temperate, and tannin-containing forages. S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 23, 92-97

AWARD: Most cited article by a SASAS member in the SAJAS

To acknowledge the most cited article authored by a SASAS member  published in the South African Journal of Animal Science (SAJAS) from:.
2011 to 2016
F.W.C. Neser, J.B. van Wyk, M.D. Fair, P. Lubout & B.J. Crook, 2012. Estimation of genetic parameters for growth traits in Brangus cattle. South African Journal of Animal Science 42, 467-473
2010 awarded in 2016 
M.A. Snyman, 2010. Factors affecting pre-weaning kid mortality in South African Angora goats.  S. Afr. J. Anim. Sci. 40, issue 3, 54-64.

Student Postgraduate Merit Awards

Annual national merit award to students continuing with postgraduate studies, for an exceptional academic achievement in Animal Science during undergraduate studies at any South African university

Year Recipient University
2017 Mr S Nzonzo Fort Hare
2017 Ms RA Engels Stellenbosch
2016 Ms N. Ngwendu Fort Hare
2016 Ms D. du Plessis Stellenbosch
2016 Ms K. O'Reilly Pretoria
2015 Ms E.L. Olevano Free State
2015 Ms H.S. Prinsloo Free State
2014 Ms Z. Soji Fort Hare
2013    Ms M.K. North Stellenbosch
2011 Mr T.L. Tyasi Fort Hare
2009 Mr D.C. Fleischmann Pretoria
2008 Ms D. Hoogenboezem Pretoria
Ms N.M. le Roux
Ms J.C. Tempest
Ms M.H. McPhail
2004 Ms E.R. Malleson Pretoria
2003 Mr S.G. Payne Stellenbosch
2002 Ms L.R. Breytenbach      Stellenbosch
2002 Ms J.V. Pellow Pretoria
2001 Mr D. Borstlap Free State
1999 Mr G.D.J. Scholtz Free State
1998 Ms A Jacobs Pretoria
1996 Mr H.A. Böhne Stellenbosch
1994 Mr J. Smit Stellenbosch
1993 Mr T.G.N. Visser Pretoria
1992 Mr A.V. Ferreira Free State