Prospectus

Preface

Grootfontein College of Agriculture overview

Qualifications

Diploma in Agriculture 

Short Courses 

            Career Opportunities 

Application for Admission 

Medium of Instruction 

College Fees 

Bursaries and Loans 

Additional Information 

Accommodation 

Student Services 

Instructional Program 2016

Course 

Department: Animal Production 

Department: Natural Resources and Infrastructure 

Department: Strategic Business Management 

Student life 

Sport 

College Anthem

 

PREFACE

 

Are you up for a challenge? If so, then the Grootfontein College of Agriculture is just the place for you. At Grootfontein you will be challenged academically, practically, in sport and socially. Since the Grootfontein Diploma in Agriculture bears the mark of quality you can expect high demands as a student. The fact that you have picked up this booklet and started to read it shows that you are ready for a life changing experience.

 

If you wish to make a positive change in the world you must be prepared to strive for the best in what you aim to do. Be warned, you can only achieve the best when you are committed, work hard, persevere, overcome challenges and have a positive attitude. The fact that Grootfontein is today regarded as the Home of the Small Stock Industry”” is due to the perseverance, commitment and positive attitude of the competent and experienced College staff.

 

Grootfontein has just revised the Diploma program to meet the requirements of modern agriculture. With the new curriculum students are led to investigate, explore, understand, analyse and apply knowledge. The strengths of the well-known and successful curriculum were further strengthened with new modules and instructional methods.

 

The calm farm atmosphere with the sound of cattle, sheep and goats, a ploughing tractor and students on horseback make Grootfontein a unique campus. We promote acceptance and tolerance amongst students of all cultures and background.

 

Read through this prospectus and acquaint yourself with what the best agricultural college in the country can offer you. 

 

Mr H L Mukwevho :  Acting Deputy Director : Training

 

 

GROOTFONTEIN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

 

Summary:

In 1903 the British War Department purchased certain portions of the farms Grootfontein, Leeufontein, Bultfontein and De Poort,  with a combined area of 10 847 hectare for the purpose of a military camp and training centre for the British troops.  These portions combined, known as Grootfontein, adjoin the commonage of the town Middelburg in the Eastern Cape Province.

 

British Peace Keeping Force stationed at Grootfontein  : 1903 - 1910  

 

When the Union of South Africa was established in 1910, the farm Grootfontein, together with some military buildings and other equipment, was purchased from the British Government for an amount of R98 000 and converted into an Agricultural School and experimental station.  The Grootfontein School of Agriculture was officially opened in 1911 with enrolment of 42 students.  Mr RW Thornton was the first principal of the school, assisted by fifteen professional and technical and six administrative staff members.

 

In the course of time the student numbers increased and the course syllabuses were progressively extended and adjusted to the requirements of the time.  The training facilities and number of staff accordingly increased to such an extent that by 1939 Grootfontein gained College status and became known as the Grootfontein College of Agriculture.

 

  

Student’s smithy ± 1939

 

During 1995 the instructional program of the College was evaluated by the Certification Council for Technikon Education (SERTEC) and was unconditionally accredited as complying with the required norms and standards of education as prescribed for a Higher Education Institution.  SERTEC was replaced by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Grootfontein was awarded full accreditation during the 2011 round of evaluation.

 

The Grootfontein College of Agriculture is well known for its contribution in the small stock farming industry over the years.  Grootfontein has a long and proud record in the small stock industry of South Africa.  Great work has been done in the sheep and wool industry of South Africa.  As a matter of fact, Merino sheep and wool are synonymous with Grootfontein. Various persons in leading positions in the sheep and wool industry received their basic training at Grootfontein.  The Dorper and Afrino sheep breeds were developed by researchers at Grootfontein, as well as the concept of chocolate maize. The good work conducted on drought resistant fodder crops carried many farmers through droughts.

 

The well-established character and tradition of high standards of training and excellence is maintained and diplomats of the College are in high demand for positions in the small stock industry.  The training offered is career orientated and students are suitably qualified and equipped to pursue a career in not only small stock farming, but a broad spectrum of occupations in related fields.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

The basic task of this College is to provide vocational agricultural education and training to meet the demand for technically trained manpower for the small stock farming sector and related industries.  The formal training program offered at the College is a three year full-time program, leading to a Diploma in Agriculture at NQF level 6.     The general aim of the training program is to provide broad-based training in the principles, techniques and practical skills of stock production and farm management with special emphasis on the specific needs of the small stock farming sector in the extensive sheep and goat farming areas. The fields of study in the training program include the principles and practices of small stock production, business management, natural resource management and agricultural technical skills.

 

Diploma in Agriculture:  The Diploma in Agriculture runs over a minimum of three years of full-time study. The course consists of about 60% theory and 40% practical.  In the third year the students are expected to work more independently.  They must apply and integrate the knowledge and skills obtained during the first two years in the compilation of various projects, seminars and reports.   The students obtain practical experience on the so-called mini farms. A mini farm is a production system of at least 50 breeding animals, which is used by the students to farm for that year. During the third year, students also attend courses and qualifications presented by other organizations.  In the third year students undertake a number of tours and attend various shows, expos and farmers’ days.

 

Short courses:  Grootfontein offers various short courses that allow the public to be trained in certain aspects of agriculture.  More information about the short courses is available from the College.

 

Career opportunities:  Due to the high standard of training that Grootfontein offers, students do not experience any difficulty in obtaining a job. Institutions that employ Grootfontein students are the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Agriculture Research Council, BKB, CMW and other   agricultural co-operations,   Land Bank, companies that sell agricultural products, abattoirs and other agricultural related companies.  Many students are employed as farm managers or farm foremen, or they become farmers themselves.

 

 

 

 

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

 

Procedures:   Applications for admission to the College must be completed on the prescribed forms. Application forms must reach the College before or on 31 August of the year preceding that for which application is made and selection of students will then start. Selection is done on the Grade 12 June examination results upon admission as a student a deposit of R245-00 is payable.

 

Admission requirements:  The minimum qualification for admission to the Diploma in Agriculture instructional program is a National Senior Certificate that meets the requirements set for a Diploma Course or a qualification that the College may recognize as equivalent.  Selection of candidates for the Diploma Course may further be carried out in accordance with any other criteria and procedures as determined by the College.  Candidates with a minimum mark of 50% in English will receive preference.  Subjects such as Mathematics, Life sciences and Physical sciences are preferred.  Accounting, Business study, Geography and Agricultural science will count in your favour.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning:  Previously obtained qualifications and training will be recognized by the College where applicable.

 

Registration:  No prospective student may report for registration at the College unless he/she has been notified in writing by the Principal. Registration takes place on the prescribed date as announced by the College. The registration of new students is subject to the  condition that a student shall submit his/her National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification, or any other qualification required for admission to the program, to the Registration Officer for recording purposes  before or on a date as determined by the College.

 

Application forms:

Mrs Elana Kitching, Private Bag X529, Middelburg EC, 5900

Tel:  049 - 8026723 of   e-mail:  elanak@daff.gov.za or

Website:   http://gadi.agric.za

 

 

MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

The medium of instruction is English.

 

 

COLLEGE FEES

 

College fees are revised annually.  The breakdown of the College fees can be found on page 10.  An R245.00 deposit is charged upon acceptance as a student to the College. Use your name and surname as reference on you deposit slips. The College fees consist of class fees, hostel accommodation, transport fees and meals.  On the day of registration as a first year student the amount for one semester is payable.  All fees for the semester should be paid within the first three weeks after the beginning of each semester. 

 

Other fees:  Depending on the performance of the student it may be necessary from time to time to pay the prescribed fee for supplementary examinations, repeat subjects and the remarking of examination papers.  None of the mentioned services will be rendered before payment is received and proved by an invoice from the finance office at Grootfontein.

 

Student association fees:  To enable students to participate in sport activities and undertake tours, money is payable to the Grootfontein Students Association.  These fees are limited to the Students Association, hostel fund, tie and tracksuit, breakage fund and travel and subsistence.  These fees are payable with the College fees and after all the fees have been paid, a transfer is made to the Students Association. The Students Association is a non-profitable organization and is audited annually.   Method of payment:  Fees can be paid in cash at the Finance office of Grootfontein.  Cheques can be issued to Director: GADI.  Money may be electronically transferred to the account of the College.

 

Default of payment:  A student who fails to pay the prescribed fees by the dates as prescribed, shall not be registered, and the Principal may:

o                    Exclude such student from the Hostel or College;

o                    Refuse admission to tests and examinations;

o                    Withhold the examination results and/or certificates until the outstanding fees have been settled in full.

o                    Students may not be allowed on tours that may lead to an incomplete and failed subject.

 

 

Liability of Students:  A student who has been admitted to the College and who signs the registration form shall be fully liable for all fees payable to the College in accordance with the prescribed conditions and regulations.  Fees and conditions of payment and other rules and regulations are determined by the College and may be amended without prior notice.

 

Refunding:  In some instances refunding of fees can be considered after withdrawal from the College:

1.         Notice of withdrawal from the College must be made in writing to the Principal.

2.         The refunding of fees, if any, will be calculated in accordance to the date of such notice. When a written notice is not provided, a student will be held responsible for the full fees for the specific semester.

3.         A pro-rata refunding will be made when a student leaves the College within three weeks (21 days) after commencement of the semester.

4.         Fees will not be refunded after three weeks (21 days) after the commencement of the semester except:

(i)    if a student must withdraw as a result of illness, as proved by a medical certificate,  or

(ii)   if  a student passes away, a pro-rata refunding of tuition and boarding and lodging fees will be made.

 

 

COLLEGE FEES 2016

 

 

The composition of fees per semester for 2016 is as follows:-

 

DESCRIPTION

YEAR 1

YEAR II

YEAR III

R 231 per subject

R 231 per subject

R 231 per subject

Semester

Semester

Semester

1

2

1

2

1

2

11 subjects

12 subjects

13 subjects

10 subjects

11 subjects

4 subjects

Boarding and Lodging

8679

8679

8679

8679

8679

8679

Tuition

2541

2772

3003

2310

2541

924

Transport

295

295

295

295

295

295

Students Association

2400

2400

2400

2400

2400

2400

Hostel Fund

300

300

300

300

300

300

College Wear

1100

0

0

0

0

0

Breakage Fund

150

150

150

150

150

150

Short Courses, Travel & Subs

1700

1700

2500

2500

5330

5330

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total per semester

17165

16296

17327

16634

19695

18078

TOTAL 

33461

33961

37773

Without Accommodation

8486

7617

8648

7955

11016

9399

TOTAL

16103

16603

20415

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Examinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplementary Examination fee

R 116 per subject

 

 

 

Repeat subjects

R 347 per subject

 

 

 

Re-registration for a subject

R 347 per subject

 

 

 

Remarking of an examination paper

R 152 per subject

 

 

 

Replacement of student card

R69

 

 

 

 

Replacement of copy (Notes / Hand outs)

R 226 per subject

 

 

 

Reprint of statement of results

R69

 

 

 

 

Administration Fee - Deposit (Only first years)

R245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Tuition cost is based on the current prescribed subject per semester 

2.  The prescribed semester fees are payable in advance, within three weeks at the beginning of each semester.

3.  Interest will be charged on outstanding fees paid after the prescribed date. The interest rate is subject to

     changes at the rate applicable from time to time, as determined by the Minister of Finance.

4.  No clothing, equipment, tour costs or meals will be provided to students if the relevant fees have not been

     paid. It may lead to an incomplete subject resulting to a fail.   

5.  Use your name and surname as reference on you deposit slips.

                   

Bursaries and loans:

No bursaries or loans are awarded by the College itself, although the College administrates a bursary scheme for a private institution.  To be considered for this bursary, an application must be made in writing.  Institutions such as the Land Bank, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Provincial Departments of Agriculture may award bursaries to certain students.  Loans from banks should to be arranged by the students themselves.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

College rules:  A complete set of Academic rules is available on request. During registration all students receive their own copy of the rules. All relevant information such as requirements to pass and disciplinary procedures are explained in the rules.  Hostel and House Rules are applicable to all students that make use of College accommodation.

 

Examination rules:  Strict examination rules are applied at the College and a complete document on this topic is available. The success of our tertiary institution is largely determined by the effective administration of the examinations and application of the rules.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation for 130 students is available on campus.   Bergsig Hostel, the main hostel, can accommodate 114 students and is situated near the lecture halls and other facilities.   Huis Karoo Annex supplies the rest of the accommodation and is situated approximately 2 km from the centre of the College. It is used as a senior hostel and accommodates mainly third year students. Three meals per day are provided in Bergsig Hostel.   This hostel is divided into four sections: Bacchus, Witkransnek, Ramhokke and Penny Lane. The ladies stay in a separate section of Bergsig. There are two TV rooms in Bergsig, each with DSTV.   Students may do their own washing in the laundry.   Students can also stay in town, approximately 4km from Grootfontein.  Students may also apply for housing on the terrain and rent it from the College.

 

 

Bergsig Hostel  – Your home far from home !

 

 

STUDENT SERVICES

Library:

A well-equipped research library is available on campus and is managed by a qualified librarian. A wide range of related publications, journals and thesis are available. The library is also linked to SABI-net that enables it to obtain articles or publications from other libraries.  Study space is in the library available.

 

Computer centre:

The College has a well-equipped computer centre that is regularly upgraded. Students have sufficient access to this facility.  Students have free access to the internet and may apply for an e-mail address. Students are also encouraged to use the computers to complete their seminars and assignments and to obtain additional information from the internet.  Personal computers will come in handy.

 

Counselling:

A quiet room is available where reverends / priests / councillors can work with those in need.

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM 2016

 

Year of Study

Sem

Module

Credits

Code

Title

Content

1

1

ABI111

Agricultural Biology 1

Biology of farm animals, plants and micro-organisms

6

 

 

ABG111

Animal Breeding 1A

Ecology of farm animals

6

 

 

ACH111

Agricultural Chemistry 1

Introduction to organic and inorganic chemistry and application in agriculture

6

 

 

WSP111

Wool Production 1A

Introduction to wool production

6

 

 

MHP111

Mohair Production 1A

Introduction to mohair production

6

 

 

MMP111

Meat & Milk Production 1A

Introduction  to mutton, goat meat and milk production

6

 

 

NRM111

Veld Management 1A

Introduction to veld management

6

 

 

AGR111

Agronomy 1

Introduction to soil and climate as natural resources

6

 

 

ATS111

Agricultural Technical Skills 1A

A: Building construction, hand tools and practice

B: Welding science and practice

C: Motor mechanics

D: Control of fire, occupational health and safety

6

 

 

SBM111

Agricultural Management 1A

Introduction to agricultural economy

5

 

 

IMS110

Information Management Systems 1A

Introduction to general computer terminology and uses

3

 

 

 

 

 

62

1

2

AHM121

Animal Health 1

Animal diseases

5

 

 

ABG121

Animal Breeding 1B

Genetics

5

 

 

NUT121

Animal Nutrition 1

Feeds and  rations

5

 

 

WSP121

Wool Production 1B

Wool industry and farming systems

6

 

 

MHP121

Mohair Production 1B

Mohair industry and farming systems

6

 

 

MMP121

Meat & Milk Production 1B

Meat, mutton and milk industry and farming systems

6

 

 

NRM121

Veld Management 1B

Terminology and growth cycles

6

 

 

AGR121

Crop Production 1

Introduction to cultivated pastures and production

6

 

 

ATS121

Agricultural Technical Skills 1B

A: Fence making

B: Electricity on the farm

C: Windmill maintenance

D: Introduction to soil conservation

6

 

 

HRM121

Human Resource Management 1

Personnel management

5

 

 

SBM121

Agricultural Management 1B

Marketing of agricultural products

5

 

 

IMS120

Information Management Systems 1B

Advanced word processing and spread sheets

3

 

 

 

 

 

64

 

 

 

 

 

126

 

Year of Study

Sem

Module

Credits

Code

Title

Content

2

3

AHM231

Animal Health 2A

Animal husbandry

5

 

 

ABG231

Agricultural Calculations 1

Calculations in animal production

3

 

 

AIR231

Artificial Insemination 1

Artificial insemination in small ruminants

3

 

 

NUT231

Animal Nutrition 2B

Feeding practices

3

 

 

WSP231

Wool  Production 2A

Wool theory and genetics. Wool and sheep classing

10

 

 

MHP231

Mohair Production 2A

Mohair theory & genetics.  Mohair classing

6

 

 

MMP231

Meat & Milk Production 2A

Judging courses, product  classes and standards

6

 

 

NRM231

Veld Management 2A

Grazing systems

6

 

 

AGR231

Crop Production 2A

Crop production under irrigation

6

 

 

ATS231

Agricultural Technical Skills 2A

Tractors and implements

6

 

 

SBM231

Agricultural Management 2A

Financial statements

5

 

 

AGL231

Agricultural Law 1

Laws applicable to agriculture

5

 

 

IMS230

Information Management Systems 2A

Advanced word processing and spread sheets

3

 

 

 

 

 

67

2

4

AHM241

Animal Health 2B

Livestock health and production plans

6

 

 

ABG241

Animal Breeding 2B

Genetic improvement and selection

6

 

 

NUT241

Animal Nutrition 2B

Fodder flow planning 

5

 

 

WSP241

Wool Production 2B

Production cycles and production plans

6

 

 

MHP241

Mohair Production 2B

Production cycles and production plans

6

 

 

MMP241

Meat & Milk Production 2B

Production cycles and production plans

6

 

 

NRM241

Veld Management 2B

Veld management & farm planning

6

 

 

AGR241

Crop Production 2B

Irrigation systems

6

 

 

ATS241

Agricultural Technical Skills 2B

Applied agricultural technical skills

6

 

 

SBM241

Agricultural Management 2B

Financial record keeping

5

 

 

IMS240

Information Management Systems 2B

Presentations

3

 

 

 

 

 

61

 

 

 

 

 

128

 

 

Year of Study

Sem

Module

Credits

Code

Title

Content

3

5

AHP301

Animal Health 3

Applied flock health and production

4

 

 

ABG301

Animal Breeding 3

Applied breeding

4

 

 

NUT351

Animal Nutrition 3A

Nutrition in practice

5

 

 

WSP350

Wool Production 3A

Practical farming with wool sheep

3

 

 

MHP350

Mohair Production 3A

Practical farming with angora goats

3

 

 

MMP350

Meat & Milk Production 3A

Practical farming with meat, mutton and milk producing small stock. Meat and milk processing

8

 

 

NRM351

Natural Resource Management 3A

Global applications.

6

 

 

SBM370

Agricultural Management 3

Integrated farm planning and management

5

 

 

AEX351

Agricultural Extension 1A

Extension methods and leadership

4

 

 

APU370

Agricultural Production Units 3 

Planning, and management of and reporting on an agricultural production unit

11

 

 

 

 

 

53

3

6

AHP301

Animal Health 3

Integrated industry case studies

6

 

 

ABG301

Animal Breeding 3

Farm case studies with the emphasis on breeding and genetics

4

 

 

NUT361

Animal Nutrition 3B

The interrelatedness of human health, animal health, human and animal nutrition

5

 

 

WSP360

Wool Production 3B

Practical farming with wool sheep

4

 

 

MHP360

Mohair Production 3B

Practical farming with angora goats

4

 

 

MMP360

Meat & Milk Production 3B

Practical farming with meat, mutton and milk producing small stock. Meat and milk processing

8

 

 

NRM361

Natural Resource Management 3B

Game ranch Management (Theory and practical : tour)

6

 

 

SBM370

Agricultural Management 3

Integrated farm planning and management

5

 

 

AEN361

Agricultural Entrepreneurship 1

Business plans, markets and practical entrepreneurship project

5

 

 

AEX361

Agricultural Extension 1B

Communication processes and skills

4

 

 

APU370

Agricultural Production Units 3

Planning, and management of and reporting on an agricultural production unit

12

 

 

 

 

 

63

 

 

 

 

 

116

 

 

 

 

 

370

 

 

COURSES

Competency Based Learning Curriculum

Abbreviated syllabus

 

DEPARTMENT:           ANIMAL PRODUCTION

LINE:                           ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH

SUBLINE:                    ANIMAL HEALTH

 

Agricultural Biology 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ABI111

1

1

5

6

Anatomy and physiology of small ruminants, cattle, horses, pigs and poultry. Introductory botany. Disease causing microbes, parasites.

 

Animal Health 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AHM121

1

2

6

5

Animal diseases in various species, classes and contexts.

 

Animal Health 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AHM231

2

3

6

5

Animal handling, treatments, ethics, diagnostics and monitoring.

 

Animal Health 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AHM241

2

4

6

6

Facilitated application and integration of knowledge of diseases, disease control, nutrition, breeding in planning various systems.

 

Animal Health 3

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AHP301

3

5 & 6

7

10

Monitoring of production unit's health.

 

 

SUBLINE:        ANIMAL BREEDING

 

Animal Breeding 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ABG111

1

1

5

6

Breeds and systems of production in farm animals with the emphasis on breeding, genotype X environment interaction, housing and the human/animal interface.

 

Animal Breeding 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ABG121

1

2

6

5

Principles of inheritance.  Mendelian genetics, introduction to genetics of all farming species.

 

Animal Breeding 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ABG231

2

3

6

3

Calculations to support record keeping, genetic data and feeding on Excell and handheld calculators.  Calculating volumes and dosages.

 

Artificial Insemination 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AIR231

2

3

6

3

Artificial insemination in small ruminants, the Animal Imporvement Act.

 

Animal Breeding 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ABG241

2

4

6

6

Principles of selection, genetic evaluation, breeding systems, mating systems, the Animal Improvement act.  Selection for reproduction.

 

Animal Breeding 3

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ABG301

3

5 & 6

6&7

8

Use of “Shepherd” in production units and other flocks, sire rankings, sale catalogues, National Small Stock Improvement Scheme.

 

 

SUBLINE:        ANIMAL NUTRITION

 

Agricultural Chemistry 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ACH111

1

1

5

6

Introduction to organic and inorganic chemistry with the emphasis on nutrition, chemical use on farms, the environment and industrial safety.

 

Animal Nutrition 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NUT121

1

2

6

5

Feeds, rations, processing for small ruminants and other farm animals.

 

Animal Nutrition 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NUT231

2

3

6

3

Practical nutrition in different production systems, veld types, seasons and geographical areas.

 

Animal Nutrition 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NUT241

2

4

6

5

Facilitated Excell based group work drafting plans for various scenarios and systems.

 

Animal Nutrition 3A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NUT351

3

5

6

5

Plan and implement a feedlot for sheep, raising pigs, visits to dairies, feed factories.

 

Animal Nutrition 3B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NUT361

3

6

7

5

The interrelatedness of human health, animal health, human and animal nutrition.  The role of the WHO, FAO, OIE, food security, industrial safety when dealing with animal production.

 

 

LINE:               SMALL STOCK PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY

SUBLINE:        WOOL PRODUCTION

 

Wool Production 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

WSP111

1

1

5

6

Wool sheep classes, ages, equipment, facilities, terminology, geographical distribution, farm visits, shepherding skills.

 

Wool Production 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

WSP121

1

2

5

6

Wool industry, farming systems, breed societies, commodity organizations, the shearing process. Wool sheep practicals.

 

Wool Production 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

WSP231

2

3

6

10

Wool theory and genetics.  Wool classing.  Wool sheep practicals.

 

Wool Production 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

WSP241

2

4

6

6

The annual production cycle and production plan, parameters in various environments, codes of best practice, animal classing

 

Wool Production 3A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

WSP350

3

5

6

3

Practical farming, sales, shows, attend and present farmer's days, visit farms, farm planning practicals, seminar.

 

Wool Production 3B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

WSP360

3

6

7

4

Practical farming, sales, shows, attend and present farmer's days, visit farms, farm planning practicals, seminar.

 

 

SUBLINE:        MOHAIR PRODUCTION

 

Mohair Production 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MHP111

1

1

5

6

Mohair goat classes, ages flock composition, equipment, facilities, terminology, geographical distribution, farm visits, shepherding skills.

 

Mohair Production 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MHP121

1

2

5

6

Mohair industry and farming systems, breed societies, commodity organisations, the shearing process.

 

Mohair Production 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MHP231

2

3

6

6

Mohair theory & genetics.  Classing mohair.

 

Mohair Production 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MHP241

2

4

6

6

The annual production cycle and production plan, parameters in various environments, codes of best practice.  Animal classing.

 

Mohair Production 3A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MHP350

3

5

6

3

Practical farming, sales, shows, attend and present farmer's days, visit farms, seminar.

 

Mohair Production 3B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MHP360

3

6

7

4

Practical farming, sales, shows, attend and present farmer's days, visit farms, seminar.

 

 

SUBLINE:                    MEAT AND MILK PRODUCTION

 

Meat and Milk Production 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MMP111

1

1

5

6

Goat meat and mutton, sheep and goat milk, breeds, classes, ages, flock composition, equipment, facilities, terminology, geographical distribution, farm visits.

 

Meat and Milk Production 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MMP121

1

2

5

6

Meat industry and farming systems, breed societies, commodity organisations, milking process, abattoir management, marketing systems, skin processing and marketing.

 

Meat and Milk Production 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MMP231

2

3

5

6

Judging courses, meat classes, product standards, HACCP, genetic parameters.

 

Meat and Milk Production 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MMP241

2

4

5

6

The annual production cycle and production plan, parameters in various environments, codes of best practice, judging courses, breed standards.

 

Meat and Milk Production 3A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MMP350

3

5

6

8

Meat & milk processing, sales, shows, attend and present farmer's days, visit farms, farm planning practicals, seminar.

 

Meat and Milk Production 3B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

MMP360

3

6

7

8

Meat & milk processing, sales, shows, attend and present farmer's days, visit farms, farm planning practicals, seminar.

 

Agricultural Production Units 3

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

APU370

3

5 & 6

7

23

Students plan and manage a small farm unit and produce a comprehensive report.  Integration and assessment of all disciplines presented during the foregoing 4 semesters as well as critical cross-field outcomes.

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT:           NATURAL RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

LINE:                           NATURAL RESOURCES

SUBLINE:                    NATURAL SYSTEMS

 

Veld Management 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NRM111

1

1

5

6

Introduction to veld management, veld types, biomes, climate, plant identification.

 

Veld Management 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NRM121

1

2

5

6

Terminology, growth cycles.

 

Veld Management 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NRM231

2

3

6

6

Grazing systems.

 

Veld Management 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NRM241

2

4

6

6

Applied veld management, farm planning.

 

Natural Resource Management 3A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NRM351

3

5

6

6

World issues, climate change, fracking.

 

Natural Resource Management 3B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

NRM361

3

6

7

6

Game ranch Management (Theory and practical : tour)

 

 

SUBLINE:        AGRONOMY

 

Soil Science 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AGR111

1

1

5

6

Introduction to soil, climate and living organisms that influence crop production.

 

Crop Production 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AGR121

1

2

5

6

Introduction to pasture species, establishment and maintenance, drought fodder crops.

 

Crop Production 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AGR231

2

3

6

6

Introduction to crop production, planning and management, pest and plague control.

 

Crop Production 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AGR241

2

4

6

6

Irrigation systems.

 

 

 

 

SUBLINE:        INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNICAL

 

Agricultural Technical Skills 1A

 

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ATS111

1

1

3

6

A: Building science, hand tools and practise.

B: Welding science and practise.

C: Motor mechanics.

D: Control of fire short course, occupational health and safety.

 

Agricultural Technical Skills 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ATS121

1

2

3

6

A: Fence making.

B: Electricity on the farm.

C: Windmill maintenance.

D: Introduction to soil conservation, gully control, stream bank erosion control.

 

Agricultural Technical Skills 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ATS231

2

3

3

6

Operating a tractor and use of implements.

 

Agricultural Technical Services 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

ATS241

2

4

3

6

Animal handling facilities, water provision on the farm, surveying, farm security.

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT:           STRATEGIC BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

LINE:                           AGRICULTURUAL MANAGEMENT

SUBLINE:                    AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY

 

Agricultural Management 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

SBM111

1

1

5

5

Introduction to agricultural economics, land, labour and capital as production factors, optimum level of production.

 

Agricultural Management 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

SBM121

1

2

6

5

Introduction to marketing, price analysis, demand and supply, the marketing structures of the different agricultural commodities, future markets.         

 

Agricultural Management 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

SBM231

2

3

6

5

Compiling and analysis of financial statements.

 

Agricultural Management 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

SBM241

2

4

6

5

Financial record-keeping, filing of source documents.

 

Agricultural Management 3

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

SBM370

1

5 & 6

7

10

Integrated farm planning, financial and strategic management.

 

Agricultural Entrepreneurship 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AEN361

3

6

7

5

Compiling of a business plan, identify markets, practical entrepreneurial project.

 

 

 

SUBLINE:        HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

Human Resource Management 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

HRM121

1

2

6

5

Introduction to personnel management, personnel provision, maintenance and motivation.

 

Agricultural Law 1

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AGL231

2

3

6

5

Principles of the law of contract, contracts of sale and lease, labour law.

 

Agricultural Extension 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AEX351

3

5

6

4

The communication process in rural development, public speaking skills, how to conduct a meeting.

 

Agricultural Extension 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

AEX361

3

6

6

4

Extension methods, leadership.

 

 

 

SUBLINE:        INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

 

Information Management Systems 1A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

IMS110

1

1

3

3

Introduction to general computer terminology and use in a Graphical user Interface (GUI-environment). Using Internet & e-mail to communicate electronically.

 

Information Management Systems 1B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

IMS120

1

2

3

3

Advanced word-processing & spread sheets.

 

Information Management Systems 2A

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

IMS230

2

3

3

3

Advanced word-processing & spread sheets.

 

Information Management Systems 2B

Code

Year

Sem

NQF level

Credits

Summary

IMS240

2

4

3

3

Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based presentation application to create and edit slide presentations.

 

 

 

STUDENT LIFE

Everybody agrees, your student days are the best days of your life. It is a time of fun and pleasure.  At Grootfontein this is even more so. Here we are true buddies and you are everyone's pal. You only cry twice at Grootfontein, the day your parents drop you off here and the day you leave. What is it that makes Grootfontein the best?

 

We are one big family with a lot of brothers and sisters, sharing the common love for nature and agriculture. In the morning you awake with the songs of birds in your ears and the fresh Karoo air in your lungs. When the sun rises above the hill, you want to jump out of bed and grasp the day. Yes, it is a calm and peaceful campus, just like on a farm.

 

We stay in two hostels. Bergsig is the main hostel and Huis Karoo Annex the senior hostel. Bergsig is divided into four sections, each with properly equipped bathrooms. The ladies stay in a separate section and enjoy total privacy. Bergsig has two TV rooms, each with DsTV . Three meals are enjoyed daily in the clean and neat dining room. The food is delicious and one must take care not to eat too much. We do our own laundry with the washing machines in the hostel laundry.

 

Huis Karoo Annex is situated approximately two kilometres from the main campus and is occupied by mainly third year students. The guys really enjoy their stay here.  After hours we relax on the sports fields, on the back of a horse or just somewhere on this beautiful farm.

 

When nothing is happening, we make something happen. There are rallies on the rally track, horse rides through the fields, swimming in the pool or the "drif", braai on the hill and much more.

 

The House Committee manage the order in the hostels as certain rules have to be obeyed. The Student Representative Council represent us at the College Management. They are our voices. We are regarded as adults at Grootfontein, but this has its own responsibilities and we must behave likewise. 

 

 

SPORT

A healthy body maintains a healthy mind.  Grootfontein hosts various sport clubs.  With your registration fee you pay a certain amount destined for the Student Association.  Each sport club then receives a pro rata cut of that money, depending on the number of students that are members of that club. 

 

The College go out of its way to make your sporting experience worth the while.  Each club has a staff member as guardian that bears the club’s well-being at heart.

 

Rugby:  Three teams participate against teams in our area and all teams are regularly at the top of the log.  In July the annual PANNAR SA Rugby Week for Agricultural Colleges forms the main event of the year.

 

Cricket:  One team plays social games in the area.  Tours are undertaken to other areas.

 

Golf:  Students play at the local club.  An annual Inter Colleges tournament takes place during September.

 

Soccer:  Our team plays against local teams, other Colleges and participates in the annual Inter Colleges tournament.

 

Cycling:  The town has a strong Cycling Club and students take part in the Argus, Burger-Sanlam and other races.

 

Marathon:  Students participate in big events such as the Two Oceans and Comrades.

 

Gymkhana:  Horse riding and gymkhana are very popular and students participate in various shows and competitions.  Students are allowed to keep their own horses at the College.

 

Netball:  The ladies play against teams in the region and participate in the Inter College Netball tournament.

 

Other sports:  Angling, squash and archery.

 

College Cup:  The three year groups compete annually for the Grootfontein College Cup.  It is a tournament that includes T20 cricket, Volleyball, Netball, 7’s Rugby, Soccer, Athletics, Swimming and other sports such as Paintball.  The highlight is the Mr & Mrs Grootfontein Gala Evening where the winners of the College Cup is crowned.

 

 


 

 

COLLEGE ANTHEM

 

“Non sibi sed Patriae:” dit is ons edel leus;

ons werk in landsbelang op Grootfontein ons keus.

Bodem so kosbaar wat lewe skenk aan mens en dier.

Jy moet ons liefhê, bewerk met hande sterk en fier.

 

Refrein

 

Grootfontein staan bo-aan, daarvoor sal ons stry, liefste

woonplek. Alma Mater. Grootfontein vir my! My!

 

 

 

This song was composed by the late Rev. ML de Villiers

and was later, in 1981, adapted by his son,

Dirkie de Villiers, a previous Head of Music

at the Free State University.