Seen here, a cohort of North West University (NWU) final-year BSc. Agric. students visit the Firth Red Brangus farm in Wolmaransstad. Practical visits by NWU final-year students form part of our unique collaboration agreement between the North West University and the Firth Group
At the Firth Group—currently—we have two education partnerships: one with WildlifeCampus and the other with North West University’s Mafikeng campus.
On 14 March 2018, Hillcrest Game Estates entered into a collaboration agreement with WildlifeCampus. In principle, this collaborative partnership promotes wildlife conservation, education and game-farming development. It also encourages an appreciation for South African wildlife by giving access to students to partake in practical wildlife management experiences at Hillcrest Game Estates. Through wildlife education, this unique collaborative association is aimed at advancing game-industry education and practical knowledge acquisition about South Africa’s wildlife heritage, wildlife conservation and the game-farming industry.
More recently, on 3 February 2020, Firth Red Brangus and Firth Wagyu entered into an exciting collaboration agreement with North West University’s (NWU) Mafikeng campus, under the direction of Prof. Paul Lubout of the Faculty of Animal Sciences. This collaborative partnership was formally constituted under the auspices of an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and co-operation with NWU. Through robust farming and agricultural education, this unique engagement with NWU promotes much-needed practical knowledge acquisition for South Africa’s next generation of farmers—many of which have never had the privilege or opportunity to inherit farms or work on farms. This way, we believe we are making a small but needed developmental difference to the sustainability of the farming industry and the farming profession in South Africa.Without successful, profitable farms, we cannot providing for our rainbow nation’s food security needs—for this and the next generation to come. The agricultural sector needs farmers who are educated, knowledgeable and experienced—farmers who know what they’re doing and have a passion for ‘farming the land’ and ‘tilling the soil’ of South Africa’s abundant agricultural land-wealth.