Hillcrest Game Estates

Rains on Firth Group Farms

Adrian Baillie-Stewart
Adrian Baillie-Stewart

On a part-time basis, Adrian serves as lead digital communications consultant for the Firth Group of farms. This includes Hillcrest Game Estates, Firth Red Brangus, Firth Wagyu, Maquassi Spruit Pecan Nuts and Highlands Cycads. A communications specialist at Content Strategics (Pty) Ltd., Adrian helps small to medium enterprises achieve their primary operational goals by maximising the commercial impact of their media content published across multiple online digital platforms.

A natural recess/reservoir that lay dry for many months, have water in them once again. Seen here, Hillcrest Game Farm with a patch of land filled to the brim. What a blessing! The reflections of the sky off the water demonstrate freshness and recency of accumulated water in this dam.

Up close, seen here, the ‘Makwassiespruit’ (stream)—the stream that this region is known for and was named after—flowing through Driefontein, one of the Firth Group’s farms (on the outskirts of Wolmaransstad, North West Province). It is beautiful to see volumes of flowing water like this—after some good rains these past few weeks!

When you see roadside streams of water like this, you know that the rains are good—great for catchment collection and saturation of grass pans.

A rare sight: Warthogs out and about, foraging after grasslands have received fresh rains. So much good for the natural wildlife—abundant food for a healthy natural ecosystem.

More up close: Seen here, the ‘Makwassiespruit’ (stream) flowing well, through Driefontein, one of the Firth Group’s farms (on the outskirts of Wolmaransstad, North West Province). A rather expansive width of the stream is apparent in this photo—extending for several meters from bank to bank of either side. The ripples are proof of the rather rapidly flowing water streams.

A rare sight: Warthogs out and about, foraging after grasslands have received fresh rains. So much good for the natural wildlife—abundant food for a healthy natural ecosystem.

More up close: Seen here, the ‘Makwassiespruit’ (stream) flowing well, through Driefontein, one of the Firth Group’s farms (on the outskirts of Wolmaransstad, North West Province). A rather expansive width of the stream is apparent in this photo—extending for several meters from bank to bank of either side. The ripples are proof of the rather rapidly flowing water streams.

Our Firth Red Brangus cattle grazing in freshly watered grassland pastures. Our cattle require extreme volumes of grass consumption in order to grow into health specimens that yield maximum gains when sold. After abundant rains, significantly less purchased feed is required to sustain our cattle-feed requirements.

A still image—from a video: Up close, seen here, the ‘Makwassiespruit’ (stream)—the stream that this region is known for and was named after—flowing through Driefontein, one of the Firth Group’s farms (on the outskirts of Wolmaransstad, North West Province). It is beautiful to see volumes of flowing water like this—after some good rains these past few weeks!

A natural recess/reservoir that lay dry for many months, has water in it once again. Seen here, a scene at our Hillcrest Game Farm with a patch of land filled to the brim. The reflections of the sky off the water demonstrate freshness and recency of accumulated water in this dam.

More up close: When you see roadside streams of water like this, you know that the rains are good—great for catchment collection and saturation of grass pans. During the falling of these rains, travelling on our farm roads was a messy, yet enjoyable and somewhat pleasant experience.

More up close: When you see roadside streams of water like this, you know that the rains are good—great for catchment collection and saturation of grass pans. During the falling of these rains, travelling on our farm roads was a messy, yet enjoyable and somewhat pleasant experience.

A natural recess/reservoir that lay dry for many months, has water in it once again. Seen here, a scene at our Hillcrest Game Farm with a patch of land filled to the brim. The reflections of the sky off the water demonstrate freshness and recency of accumulated water in this dam.

Landscape: A stunning landscape photo capturing the freshness of new grasslands against the backdrop of skies that recently brought abundant rains.

Portrait: A stunning photo capturing the freshness of new grasslands against the backdrop of skies that recently brought abundant rains.

A perfect illustration of the denseness of the fresh green  new grasslands nestled in between the protective layers of bushes, shrubs and trees—ideal for our cattle and game.

A natural recess/reservoir that lay dry for many months, has water in it once again. Seen here, Hillcrest Game Farm with a patch of land filled to the brim. The reflections of the sky off the water demonstrate freshness and recency of accumulated water in this dam.

Landscape: Another vantage point—a natural recess/reservoir that lay dry for many months, has water in it once again. The reflections of the sky off the water demonstrate freshness and recency of accumulated water in this dam.

Grasslands saturated with water—like an overfull sponge—filled to the brim. An abundance of water like this does well for the soil and underground water-table too. So much good comes from abundant rains. We are thankful!

Grasslands saturated with water—like an overfull sponge—filled to the brim. An abundance of water like this does well for the soil and water-table too. So much good comes from abundant rains. We consider ourselves blessed!

It’s raining in torrents at our Driefontein farm—as the sound of the falling rain dominates this video clip, listen out for the sudden, loud sound of crashing thunder in the background.

The farm roads are flooded at our Driefontein farm—in this video clip, which was recorded from the passenger seat of one of our staff’s bakkies, see how the running water flooded this road. Listen out for the slowly rolling-sounds of thunder in the background.