The Farm

Highdown Stud

Highdown Stud lies 5,000ft above sea level in the foothills of the majestic Drakensburg mountain range. It has good, fertile soil and enjoys a summer rainfall of 35-40 inches with winter temperatures frequently falling below freezing, making it an ideal thoroughbred nursery. The farm is 1000 acres (400 ha) of which 750 acres is arable pasture. The balance of the land is occupied by 5 dams and improvements.

Approximately 150 to 200 acres is dedicated to the natural red grass grazing peculiar to the Midlands. It is similar to the Pampas grass which Argentine Studs are renowned for and the Scott Bros feel it is essential for the raising of strong, robust young stock. The farm is entirely self-sufficient for roughage, producing 300-400 round bales and 4,000-6,000 square bales of red grass eragrostis and oat hay on an annual basis. Paddocks are seeded to Italian Rye grass and Kentucky Fescu, providing excellent grazing all year round and fresh drinking water is laid on to all paddocks.