We are greatful to this year's sponsors. Without the involvement of these industry leaders, this project would not have such a positive impact on both our students and the industry.
More information about how the challenge works
The Department of Production Animal Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science proudly presents: The 11th Onderstepoort Feedlot Challenge 2019.
Fifth year Veterinary students divide themselves into 5 groups of 18 – 25 students per group. Each group of students has to run the complete process of a commercial feedlot, including the following:
Student groups are evaluated by a panel of lecturers and experts from the feedlot industry, based on a formula developed specifically for the Feedlot Challenge over the past 8 years. This includes financial and production data, professionalism and evidence of experience gained. Calves are also evaluated after the auction and just before marketing, and carcasses are evaluated for quality traits. Special prizes are given for these categories.More
Each student chooses a specific task to research, experience, and report on. This teaches the post-modern student how to find and critically evaluate information, how to look for and interpret scientific evidence. It also teaches the student writing skills, a very important professional attribute that seems to be fading. Another objective is to reinforce discipline in reporting, in that adherence to specified formatting guidelines counts heavily in the assessment. This assignment counts 50% towards the Feedlot mark, the other 50% consisting of a peer evaluation process in order to determine the relative contribution of each student within the group.
Collaboration with professionals and other knowledgeable persons in the industry is encouraged, keeping in mind that students have to be able to substantiate all their decisions and actions scientifically. In the past students have made contact with experts in the industry, visited feedlots and established support networks, which is seen as a great advantage to the project.Less