Christopher Mareledi TSOPITO


Christopher Mareledi TSOPITO

Associate Professor

Faculty of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Department of Animal Science and Production

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) Private Bag 0027 Gaborone BOTSWANA BOTSWANA
+267 3650224

Christopher Mareledi Tsopito is an Associate Professor of Ruminant Nutrition at Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Faculty of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Department of Animal Science. He holds a PhD in Animal Science (University of Wyoming in 1999), MSc in Animal Science (Wageningen Agricultural University in 1996), BSc in Agriculture General (University of Botswana) and a Diploma in Animal Health and Production (University of Botswana and Swaziland in 1981) with 35 years of teaching experience, nine years of field and extension experiences as Head of Department, Kgatleng District (2 years) and Head of Department, Ngwaketsi District (2 years) in the Department of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, three and half years post-secondary civil service work in the Accountant General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. Professor Tsopito is a Fulbright Fellow and he also spent time as a Cochrane Fellow under the USDA attached to the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln undergoing a two-week training on rumen cannulation/fistulation. Professor Tsopito has carried out research in animal nutrition, in particular ruminant nutrition, animal production and animal management systems, and has taught quite a number of courses covering Animal Husbandry, Animal Nutrition, Animal Science and Production, Livestock Production, Sheep and Goat Production,  Livestock Management, Game Farming and Ranching, and Dairy Management Systems. He has published over 36 peer-reviewed scientific articles and many conference proceedings. Professor Christopher Tsopito’s ORCID number is;

Animal Husbandry, Animal Nutrition, Hides and Skins, Reproduction and Obstetrics (certificate), Livestock Production, Ruminants (Diploma), Livestock Production Systems Livestock Production Systems, Feedstuff Analysis, Principles of Animal Nutrition, Beef cattle Production, Ruminant Nutrition, Range Animal Nutrition (undergraduate), Integrated Resource Management, Systems Thinking, Cow-calf and Stocker Management Systems, Feedlot Management Systems, Applied Sheep and Goats Management and Applied Ruminant Nutrition (graduate).

  1. Co-principal investigator in the Research and Publications Committee funded departmental research project on the utilization of crop residues in Botswana. I also supervised a PhD candidate working on the “Effect of wood ash treated maize corn cobs (crop residue) with or without urea as a source of feed for ruminants”. Three (3) MSc in Animal Science students have graduated or are about to graduate from the same research project.
  2. Co-supervisor to a PhD student project on Morula (Sclerocarya birrea) kernel cake utilisation as a source of protein in ruminant diets by Leonard Baleseng.
  3. Leader of the Beef Cluster Initiative on “Reinforcement on Grassfed Beef” funded by the Botswana Government, committee on Research and Development.
  4. Member of the Southern African Team on the “Improvement of Morama Bean (Tylosema esculentum), an under-utilized grain and tuber producing legume for Southern Africa. Assess its potential as animal fodder. European Union funded project contract ICA4-CT-2000-30010 Improvement of Morama Bean (Tylosema esculentum), an under-utilized grain and tuber producing legume for Southern Africa. Assess its potential as animal fodder. European Union funded project contract ICA4-CT-2000-30010”.
  5. The potential of Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) bran as energy source for ruminants. In collaboration with Thusano Lefatsheng veld products project
  1. Investigating the use of indigenous plant resources as feed for ruminant animals, in particular Tylosema esculentum, Sclerocarya birrea and Harpagophytum procumbens.
  2. The effect of using locally brewed grape wine as an internal parasites dewormer in sheep and goats.

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