UFH Animal Science Staff and Student participate in International Society of Applied Ethology Congress

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Two members of the UFH Animal Science department: Mr Maliviwe Mpayipheli (Lecturer) and  Athi Zangwa (Master’s student) have been awarded a Developing Countries Congress Attendance Fellowship (DCCAF) to the International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE) congress.

The ISAE DCCAF is funded by the Open Philanthropy Project. It is currently taking place between 2 and 8 August. According to the ISAE Development Officer Maria Camila Ceballos Betancourt, the overall goal of the programme is to increase the knowledge base of animal welfare science, particularly farm animal welfare science within developing countries,  to build collaborative links within and across developing countries and regions.

Speakers include various leading scientists in the sector. Participants will also get an opportunity to engage each other and join virtual farm tours.

Mpayipheli believes the opportunity will allow him to interact with leading scientists and acquire more knowledge in the area of animal welfare science. Such knowledge can inform change to the UFH Livestock and Pasture Science department’s curriculum.

“Currently, the application of the animal welfare science to livestock production -  especially under communal farming systems in South Africa -  is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted disciplines. The recent High Court case against live sheep exportation to the Middle East brought by the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,  is a perfect example of this misunderstanding and misinterpretation”, he said.

Postgraduate student  Zangwa said he was honoured to be selected as a participant in the congress because his research is on animal identification and the grazing behaviour of non-descript goats of communal farmers.

By ARETHA LINDEN