SASAS Congress

Novel Reseach - Functional Farming


Hosted by SASAS Western Cape branch, the University of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape Government.

Stellenbosch UniversityWestern Cape Government


Early bird registrations have been extended to 16 May 2016



The Western Cape branch of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) is proud to invite members of the Animal Science, Aquaculture and Ratite 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.

For the first time, the 49th annual SASAS congress will be followed back-to-back by the 6th International Ratite Symposium, offering delegates the opportunity to attend either one or both of the scientific meetings.


Welcome message - SASAS


Michiel ScholtzThe 49th Congress of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) will be held in the Western Cape 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 this important animal science event.


Dr Michiel Scholtz, SASAS President.
















Welcome message - Asia Pacific Federation of the World's Poultry Science Association's branches


Alan GibbinsIt is my great pleasure, on behalf of the Ratite Working Group and the Symposium Organising Committee to extend a very warm welcome to all participants in the 6th International Ratite Symposium. For the first time, this international symposium is organised under the auspices of the Asia Pacific Federation of World’s Poultry Science Association branches. This symposium comes at a key time for the ratite industry. The organising committee has worked hard to “cover the field”, assembling a programme that will provide valuable information from science to commerce, production to marketing, food quality to novel products. The committees involved in the staging of this event look forward to your participation, and we trust that the 6th International Ratite Symposium will provide you with an enriched understanding of all aspects of the various ratite industries.


Alan Gibbins, President Asia Pacific Federation of WPSA Branches.















The Venue: Spier Hotel and Congress Centre, Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province

The venue for both scientific meetings is the Spier Hotel and Congress Centre, situated in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Spier, one of the very first farms to be established in Stellenbosch in 1692, follows a holistic and biodiversity conservation approach in their farming endeavours, with their cattle and poultry being raised on pastures, thus contributing to the overall fertility of the soil. The ethically produced meat and vegetables are used to create dishes that form part of their farm-to-table eating experiences at Eight and Eight to Go. 



  • 49th annual SASAS Congress = 3 to 6 July 2016
  • 6th International Ratite symposium = 6 to 7 July 2016

OVERALL SCIENTIFIC THEME: 'Novel Research - Functional Farming'

Contributions submitted for both scientific meetings will be grouped according to the respective sub-themes (see below). Efforts will be made to accommodate all contributions related to the main theme, but should a larger number of topics be received, presentations will be selected on the basis of relevance to the following sub-themes offered:


Sub-themes: SASAS congress

  • Ruminant nutrition
  • Monogastric nutrition
  • Sustainable livestock production
  • Reproductive efficiency of livestock in commercial systems
  • The impact of genetics and breeding on production efficiency
  • Ensuring efficient animal production through health management
  • Meat science for the modern consumer


Sub-themes: Ratite symposium

  • Veterinary aspects and health
  • Breeding, genetics, reproduction, incubation and embryology
  • Nutrition, digestive physiology and feeding
  • Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology
  • Welfare, behaviour and products (+ Biology, ecology and conservation)
  • Chick rearing, growth and husbandry
  • The effect of “Omics” on ratite science



You are hereby invited to submit abstracts for platform and/or poster presentations. Platform presentations will each allow for a 10 minute presentation and 5 minute questions and/or discussion session.

Posters will be presented during poster sessions in the form of a formal poster display and informal discussion.


We would welcome contributions not only from the scientist/research group, but also from our industry partners who have interesting and important information to share with the research community.


More information on submissions can be found on the Presentations page.


Important deadlines (SASAS congress and Ratite Symposium):


Paper/Poster titles should reach NOT LATER THAN 10 March 2016 in order for a provisional programme to be compiled. Please refer to the guidelines for abstracts for the preparation of your contribution (-s).


Feedback on abstracts: 25 April 2016

Authors will be informed on the acceptance of rejection of their abstract (-s), and on the status (oral/poster) of their contribution (-s).


Early bird registration: NOT LATER THAN 16 May 2016


Closing date for registration: 13 June 2016


Cancellation after 13 June 2016: Nil reimbursement.



There will be awards for the best presentations in the following categories:

  • Best platform presentation - Presentation of work done towards a Masters and/or PhD degree
  • Best poster – Presentation of work done towards a Masters and/or PhD degree


The objective of the respective awards is to encourage and ensure a high standard of presentations.  Presenters will have a choice to be evaluated or not. The criteria will be provided in the Second Announcement.



Each delegate will receive an electronic Book of Abstracts on a flash drive, as part of the congress/symposium package.

Presenters are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in the South African Journal of Animal Science (SAJAS).  Please visit for author guidelines and relevant details.



Each individual will be responsible for booking and paying their own accommodation at the establishment of their choice.  The relevant contact information and rates regarding the respective accommodation options will be sent out with the Second announcement.


Delegates have to arrange their own transport to and from the venue.


Enquiries contact:
SASAS Western Cape Secretariet, Helet Lambrechts (Email:
Tel: +27 21 808 4748 Fax: +27 21 808 4750