SASAS Mission & Objectives 

True to our slogan, Experiencia docet, our mission is to advance animal science and promote viable animal production systems, while sustaining natural resources and the environment and thereby to serve in the interests of human welfare. The emphasis and focus are on relevant issues pertaining to the southern African region. The scope of our interests includes all facets of the husbandry of farm livestock species (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, ostriches and horses) including the products derived from them (meat, milk and dairy products, wool, mohair, leather and eggs) as well as relevant aspects of aquatic and wildlife species. The main disciplines of interest are nutrition, genetics, physiology, meat science, wool science and pasture science. Sociological and managerial aspects of well-defined livestock production and farming systems are also of interest.

The objectives of the Society are to promote animal science by:

  1. Ensuring that high standards of education, research, technology and science-based public policy are upheld with regard to animal production and animal products;
  2. Upholding professional integrity and ethical codes;
  3. Fostering the scientific interests and professional status of members;
  4. Organizing symposia on a regular basis;
  5. Publishing a scientific journal;
  6. Serving as mouthpiece on all matters relating to animal production and animal products in compliance with public welfare and general interests;

SASAS History – Summary

The South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) was formerly known as the South African Society of Animal Production (SASAP). The Society was founded on April 28, 1961. However, the idea of establishing a South African association was conceived some years before that, when the late Wim Verbeek and Danie Joubert (both Ph.D. students at the time) met in a tea room in Petty Cury Lane, Cambridge, on September 21, 1954. With the aid of the late Drs FN Bonsma and Gideon N Louw, the foursome formulated the first objectives and statutes and prepared the way that eventually lead to the foundation meeting.

Dr FN Bonsma was the first chairman of the Society and MJ Joubert the first honorary president. In 1962 Dr Danie Joubert became the first editor of the Society’s Proceedings which, in 1971, acquired the status of a professional journal entitled the South African Journal of Animal Science.

The professional interest of Animal Scientists has been a primary concern of the Society since its foundation. SASAP members were instrumental in the establishment of the Liaison Committee for Professional Societies concerned with Agriculture and the Joint Council of Scientific Societies, as well as in the establishment of the South African Council of Natural Scientists (currently known as the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions or SACNASP). Although the latter body registered animal scientists since 1982, it wasn’t until 1993 when a group of SASAS members founded the South African Association of Professional Animal Scientists, an association whose first concern is the professional interest of animal scientists and to ensure professional service to clients.

During 2000, the name of the Society was changed to the South African Society for Animal Science. During the same year, SASAS saw the birth of its website and the first issue of the electronic version of the South African Journal of Animal Science. “Going on-line” took our Journal to the world and resulted in a dramatic increase in our readership.

Yes, our Society has gone from strength to strength, but thanks to the excellent foundation work of a few men that had a vision back in the fifties, not much has changed in terms of our objectives and constitution. We honour their memory, we learn from their experience, and our slogan remains Experientia docet!

South African Journal of Animal Science

Volume 47, No 1 2017

01. Editorial

02. Dead-in-shell positions of near-term Ostrich embryos

03. Relationship between feed characteristics and histomorphometry of small intestines of growing pigs

04. Evaluation of various feeding programmes on growth performance, carcass and meat qualities

05. Effect of days in feedlot on growth performance and carcass characteristics Mutton Merino and Dorper lambs

06. Electroencephalographic responses to neck cut and exsanguination in minimally anaesthetized goats

07. Standardized total tract digestibility of phosphorus in oilseed meals and distillers dried grains in growing-finishing pigs

08. Viability of bull semen extended with commercial semen extender and two culture media stored at 24 °C

09. Isolation of total ribonucleic acid from fresh and frozen-thawed boar semen and its relevance in transcriptome studies

10. Effects of drying procedures on chemical composition and nutritive value of alfalfa forage

11. Relationship between sperm plasma membrane integrity and morphology and fertility following artificial insemination

12. Physico-chemical quality attributes and fatty acid profiles of pork from Windsnyer and Large White gilts

Volume 46 No 4 2016

01. Exercise-induced maximum metabolic rate scaled to body mass

02. Comparison of shear force tenderness, drip and cooking loss, and ultimate muscle pH of the loin muscle

03. Effects of Prosopis laevigata pods on growth performance, ruminal fermentation and blood metabolites in lambs

04. Identification of genetic variation in the major histocompatibility complex gene region in Turkish sheep breeds

05. Growth differentiation factor 9 gene variants in Sudanese desert sheep ecotypes

06. Effects of various pre-slaughter conditions on pig carcasses and meat quality in a low-input slaughter facility

07. Effects of types and doses of yeast on gas production and in vitro digestibility of diets

08. Productivity, chemical composition and ruminal degradability of irrigated Napier grass leaves

09. Genetic diversity of Hajar1 and Hajar2 local Saudi chicken lines using mitochondrial DNA D-loop markers

10. Mangosteen peel can reduce methane production and rumen biohydrogenation in vitro

11. Blood profiles of indigenous Pedi goats fed

12. Geographical influence of heat stress on milk production of Holstein dairy cattle on pasture

13. Effect of taurine and bile acid supplementation

Volume 46 No 3 2016

01. Effects of replacing marine fishmeal with graded levels of Tra Catfish on the performance and quality of pigs

02. Effect of sow age on the apparent total tract digestibility of nutrients in the diet

03. Fatty acid profile and health lipid indices in the raw milk of ewes grazing part-time

04. Effects of dietary supplementation of Chinese herb medicine mixture

05. Ovulatory response and embryo quality in Katahdin ewes supplemented with palm oil

06. The response of broiler breeder hens to dietary balanced protein

07. Effects of Thymus vulgaris and Mentha pulegium on colour, nutrients and peroxidation of meat

08. Interactions of genotype, housing and dietary calcium

09. Effects of stocking density on growth performance, carcass grade and immunity of pigs

10. Genome-wide identification of breed-informative single-nucleotide polymorphisms in three indigenous cattle breeds

11. Effect of micronized zeolite addition to lamb

12. Effects of various concentrations of gonadotropins and 17β estradiol on the in vitro maturation of cattle

13. Pomegranate seed oil rich in conjugated linolenic acids reduces in vitro methane production

Volume 46 No 2 2016

01. Whey, molasses and exogenous enzymes of maize cobs

02. Fermentation products of Cordyceps militaris enhance performance and modulate immune response of weaned piglets

03. Effects of bacterial inoculation on the fermentation characteristics and aerobic stability – whole plant soybeans

04. Fatty acids, lipid and protein oxidation, metmyoglobin attributes of biceps femoris muscle

05. Population structure and genetic trends for indigenous African beef cattle breeds in South Africa

06. Effects of dietary inclusion of probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics

07. Assessment of heavy metal contamination in raw milk for human consumption

08. Effects of temperature, heating time and particle size on values of rumen undegradable protein of roasted soybean

09. Determining the frequencies of B1, B2, B3 and E alleles

10. Association of single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes coding

11. Effect of polymorphisms in the ABCG2, LEPR and SCD1 genes on milk production traits in Holstein cows

12. Effects of dietary supplement of turmeric powder on blood biochemistry parameters and antioxidant activity

13. Effects of melatonin implantation during the slow period of cashmere growth on fibre production

Volume 46 No 1 2016

01. Genomic study of the mammary gland in bovines acclimated to a tropical environment

02. Ensiling quality of maize as influenced by the addition of wet distillers grains with soluble

03. Age, lighting treatment, feed allocation and feed form influence broiler breeder feeding time

04. Effects of dietary inclusion of discarded cabbage on the growth performance of South African Dorper lambs

05. Effects of dietary oil sources and calcium

06. Microsatellite-based estimation of inbreeding level in sheep populations of small effective size

07. The effects of various dietary vegetable oil sources on villi morphologyand liver aldehydes in young layers

08. Production performance of pigs reared in different systems and fed increased energy content diets

09. Effects of oregano essential oil and attapulgite on growth performance 1

0. Evaluation of the OvineSNP50 chip for use in four South African sheep breeds

11. Spirulina as a functional ingredient in broiler chicken diets

12. Dietary effects of buckwheat and black cumin seed on growth performance

Volume 45 No 3 2015

1. Content45Issue3 Full

2. Editorial45Issue3

3. Webb45Issue3

4. Frylinck45Issue3

5. Moloto45Issue3

6. Modika45Issue3

7. SojiA45Issue3

8. SojiB45Issue3

9. Strydom45Issue3

10. Hugo45Issue3

11. SchönfeldtH45Issue3

12. Hall45Issue3

13. Vermeulen45Issue3

14. Naude35Issue3 Suppl

15. Bruwer35Issue3Suppl

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