The award is presented annually by the AFMA Technical Committee to recognise excellence among Animal Nutrition graduates in their dissemination of nutritional knowledge through a poster presentation at an Animal Science Congress.

The award is designed to promote interest in industry-related research on animal nutrition, to increase the quality of student poster presentations in terms of scientific contribution, and to acknowledge excellence in this valuable medium.

Poster Award Committee

The Poster Award Committee comprises five members who have been selected from the AFMA Technical Education, Development, Training and Skills Committee (TEDTS), including either the chairperson or vice-chairperson of the AFMA Technical Committee. The committee evaluates all student animal nutrition posters that have been submitted to the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) for their annual congress. The final selection and judging of the posters is based on the physical evaluation of the posters exhibited at the annual SASAS Congress.

All animal nutrition posters accepted by SASAS and presented at their annual congress will automatically be entered for this award. No poster submissions can be accepted via AFMA.

Selection/evaluation criteria
The committee members evaluate the posters anonymously, scoring them on a scale of 1–5 based on the following weighted categories:

  • Science relevance
  • Industry relevance
  • Purpose of study/problem statement
  • Methods
  • Results and discussion (including statistical analysis)
  • Conclusion
  • Appearance: linguistic
  • Appearance: visual (layout, colour, presentation, guideline requirements)
The main focus is on the categories of industry relevance, and the scientific approach used in the results and discussion section. The highest weight is also attributed to these two categories. Award-winning posters generally receive high scores in the appearance categories.

Nature of award
The awardee receives a cash prize from AFMA, as well as complimentary registration for the annual AFMA Symposium to be held in October each year. The awardee also receives recognition of this achievement by acknowledging it in the quarterly AFMA Matrix, electronic AFMA newsletters distributed locally and internationally, and on the AFMA website. The award is presented at the gala dinner of the relevant SASAS Congress.

Only the primary student author is to receive the prize for the winning poster and no prizes are available for subauthors. The relevant research institution will also receive recognition via the acknowledgement provided for in the above.

Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA)
2014Nicole TeuchertUniversity of StellenboschComparison of production parameters, organ weights, and bone strength of broilers supplemented with Ateli plus®
2015Josef van Wyngaard Western Cape Gov., Dept of Agriculture – ElsenburgEffect of palm kernel expeller supplementation on rumen fermentation of Jersey cows grazing kikuyu-based pasture
2016Mashudu RambauUniversity of VendaChemical composition and ruminal degradability in Bonsmara steers of Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) harvested at different stages of maturity
2017DA van der MerweUniversity of Stellenbosch Modelling the feed intake of six commercial South African sheep breeds in a feedlot
2018Not awarded
2019Kyle VenterUniversity of PretoriaThe in vitro analysis of acid-binding capacity of South African feed ingredients for broiler chickens and possible effects on performance
2020Not awarded
2021Sarah HarrisonUniversity of PretoriaAn in vitro comparison of buffers used in ruminant diets