The Worcester Veld Reserve was established in 1935, in response to the severe drought of the 1920s, which resulted in the severe deterioration of the natural veld in the area. The purpose of Worcester Veld Reserve is the propagation of seeds of indigenous veld species unique to the area to provide to the farmers to improve their veld. The reserve covers 110 hectares of which 25 hectares are arable. The long-term rainfall is 212 mm per year with the highest annual rainfall of 426 mm.
Elsenburg research farm houses the head office of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Supporting research and extension services are delivered to the whole province. Research projects on Elsenburg focuses on various problems as identified in association with various industry branches.
Langgewens Research Farm is located 2 km east of the N7 between Malmesbury and Moorreesburg in the Swartland. The farm covers an area of about 500 hectares with an average annual rainfall of about 395mm.
Langgewens Research Farm was established in 1926 with infrastructure and staff to support to researchers. Research institutions currently involved in projects on the farm include the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Stellenbosch University, ARC Small Grain Institute, Swartland Cereals Development Group and other private institutions
The Outeniqua Research Farm is located southwest of George in the Eden district and serves the area from the Tsitsikamma to Caledon. Founded in 1953, the research farm was established for agricultural research to provide science-based solutions in response to challenges faced by farmers in the area.
Tygerhoek Research Farm is situated in the Overberg district and serves the areas
around Caledon in the west, Swellendam in the east, Bredasdorp in the south and Riviersonderend in the north. Established in 1960, Tygerhoek Research Farm covers 2,760 ha with approximately 500 ha of arable.
The Nortier Research Farm, situated near Lamberts Bay, serves the North West region (from Bitterfontein in the north to Elands Bay and Citrusdal in the south) of the Western Cape. Research projects underway at the Nortier Research Farm contribute to the knowledge of extensive livestock production, with research into veld management and animal production.