Welcome to the 51st SASAS Congress website hosted by the Free State branch in 2019. The impact of Animal production on the environment has increasingly become more important due to limited natural resources. The theme of the congress therefore aims to address these effects within welfare, ethical and climate constraints. The congress will be well-balanced with thought provoking scientific content, logistical arrangements and a social programme contributing to networking opportunities.


Thank you to all the delegates for a wonderful congress. We have made the presentations available. Please use the link below to access the download page. 


Welcome to the 51st SASAS Congress

10 - 12 June 2019.

The 51st edition of the SASAS Congress hosted by the University of the Free State will be hosted at the Economic Management Science bulding at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.


Years of Experience


CPD Points


Grow your professional network


The Free State branch of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) is proud to invite members of the Animal Science and Agriculture communities, managers, students and decision-makers in the field of animal production, and related industries to come and share their research findings and experience, highlighting how novel research can contribute to functional farming practices, thus ensuring cost-efficient, responsible and sustainable animal production. 


SASAS is 50 years old and has recently celebrated this milestone at a successful 50th Congress in Port Elizabeth with more than 350 delegates. The Society has been able to demonstrate resilience over 50 years and will continue to embrace new technology and to share and apply animal science knowledge to benefit mankind.



Social Programs

Functions are restricted to registered delegates. Accompanying persons may attend by payment of additional fees (see Registration form for details).

Name Tags

Official name tags will serve as admission to all meetings as well as teas, lunches and social functions. It is imperative that delegates wear their official name tags at all times.


Must be made in writing to the Congress Organisers. Fifty percent (50%) of the registration fees will be forfeited on cancellations received after 30 April 2019. No refunds will be made after 24 May 2019. However substitute delegates will be accepted if requests are submitted in writing. The Organizers do not accept responsibility for any changes to/or cancellation of social activities or excursions.

Summary of deadlines:

Last date for abstracts:                                               29 March 2019                

Early registration:                                                        30 April 2019

Last date for congress registration:                            24 May 2019

Last date for accommodation block bookings:           24 May 2019


English will be the official language of abstracts, posters and oral presentation at the Congress.

Welcome message - SASAS President, Este Van Marle-Köster

The 51st Congress of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) will be held in the Free State where we will be looking at Animal Science in Practice. These congresses are important events in the calendar of the animal science discipline. Interaction with other animal scientists is the lifeline of animal scientists and this is the ideal opportunity to interact with fellow scientists. You are all encouraged to diarize this important event so that you are available to attend it. I hope to see you all at the 2019 Congress, it promises to be a great success. We look forward to hosting you. 

SASAS Congress 2019



All the information you need regarding the congress program can be found here 


Registrations are now closed. Thank you for the 2019 SASAS Congress registrations

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All the daily presentations have been made available for download here



A big thank you to our  sposors without whom none of this would be possible

Venue & Accommodation


All the information regarding the venue and accommodation options in the area