Red Meat Research and Development South Africa (RMRD SA) will award their scientists at a prestigious event to be held on 24 October 2017 at the Agricultural Research Council, Irene. Scientists were nominated in four categories and the awardees for 2017 were:
Category Veteran Researcher: Prof Garreth Bath
Prof Bath is a senior veterinarian and emeritus professor at the University of Pretoria who has done a lot for the red meat industry nationally and internationally – especially with regards to small stock production animals and health. He is co-developer of the internationally acclaimed FAMACHA© system and the initiator of the FIVE POINT CHECK for the targeted selective treatment of small ruminants, as well as designing and promoting sustainable, holistic, integrated parasite management systems for sheep and goat farmers world-wide.
Category Outstanding contribution to research: Prof Michiel Scholtz
Prof Scholtz is a specialist researcher in Applied Animal Breeding with the ARC-Animal Production Institute at Irene and also an extraordinary professor in Animal Breeding in the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences at the University of the Free State. Prof Scholtz’s research is aimed at linking the different disciplines of animal production. The success of these initiatives is demonstrated by his current research initiatives and its value for livestock farmers and contribution to food security. He also involved students in his research with the aim of building capacity and to ensure proper succession planning.