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Jun
27

Prof Madibela and his post-graduate student, Mr Keletso Ntokome at the Southern Africa Mathematical Science Association (SAMSA) Conference in Palapye.

The research presented by Mr Ntokome; titled “Mathematical description of in vitro ruminal degradation of oyster mushroom (Pleurstus spp) spent substrates of maize, millet and sorghum stover” was to test the engagement between biochemistry/microbiology and mathematics.  In this research, fermentation or degradation in the rumen, akin to what happen during brewing of beer, was described mathematically depicting the trends in gas production over time.  During feed degradation by micro-organisms in the rumen gases produce, the dominant ones being carbon dioxide and methane. These gases are produced as wastes and their measurement can be used as proxy for rate and extend of feed degradation. The other rationale of presenting this piece of work was to let the mathematicians or statistician to scrutinise the model used and advise if it was best for the data.  Finally, the other goal was to encourage collaboration between biologists and mathematicians. As expected the presentation evoked active discussion and we intend to engage with Dr. Kgosimore on the data collection dynamics of rumen fermentation of animals that are fed low quality diets. 

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Mar
19

FOOD SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP

The Food Science Technology department held a stakeholder workshop at travel lodge on the 19th march 2019, Under the theme  "Networking for a better education, research, diversified production and manufacturing to achieving sustainable food and nutrition." This was a day’s workshop with approximately 80 participants from different stakeholder organizations. The objective of the workshop was to bring together stakeholders in the area of food science and technology, in a forum that would allow networking and collaboration in areas of student training, research, consultancy and manufacturing. The participants shared information on their activities and accomplishments as specialists in the field and BUAN effectively deliberate on how best the institution would serve the academia, industry, research organizations and NGOs.

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Feb
24

BUAN PARTICIPATION AT BSPCA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMME-GABANE

BUAN students took pleasure in participating at the community outreach programme organised by Botswana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) for Gabane community from February 23rd to 24th 2019. The event was intended to assist communities to care for their pets and other animals and was held at the main Kgotla in Gabane. Such outreach programmes are conducted regularly by BSPCA in villages in the vicinity of Gaborone with Thamaga and Molepolole being previous beneficiaries.  Public education is of paramount importance in educating our nation on animal welfare issues especially in our rural settings. The Gabane community responded very well by bringing lots of animals mostly dogs and cats for either castration or spaying (removal of female reproductive organs, ovaries and uterus). These pets were also vaccinated with “5 in 1” vaccine (5 organisms in one shot), given rabies shots, dewormed and given hamper foods.  Current Pet management students and former BUAN Animal Science students volunteered to assist on the massive exercise where a total of 125 animals were operated upon. The students were hands on and interacted with clients and patients alike. They were mostly involved in the registration of patients, conducting physical examinations, assisting in post-operative care and distribution of food hampers for pets. Veterinarians, through the invitation of Botswana Veterinary Association in partnership with BSPCA also assisted in performing surgeries on voluntary basis. The event was an overwhelming success as it exceeded the BSPCA target of 100 animals. We thank BSPCA for inviting BUAN to partake in such an event which exposed our students to real life situations that exist in our communities. Dr K. Tlotleng (Pet Management Lecturer-AVS)  

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