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Bannister

Property “Bannister Lodge”

“Bannister Lodge” is a 240ha grazing property run by John and
Kathryn Klem. The main enterprise is a self-replacing Angus
herd with around 150 breeders calving down in July. All
progeny, except for replacement heifers, are sold as weaners.
A small number of 2 nd cross lambs are also produced, with
Merino x Border Leicester ewes joined to Poll Dorset rams in
March. A small amount of trading is also done when surplus
feed is available.

Annual rainfall: 706mm

Altitude: 890m

Soil type: Basalt

(refer to soil section for further detail)

Pasture type: Introduced

(refer to pasture section for further detail)

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Landscape

Gently undulating hills with sharp low ridges and long, very gentle hillslopes; rock outcrop confined
mainly to ridges. Soils are tertiary basalt. Altitude 850 – 870m; slope 2-3% (east facing). The
landscape is largely cleared for grazing.

 

Vegetation

Peppermint (E. radiata), Red Gum (E. blakeleyi) and Yellow Box (E. melliodora) woodland, largely
cleared.

Soil

Summary morphology

Acidic, gradational soil with a strong red coloured, strongly structured clay loam grading to light clay.

Aust. soil classification

Haplic, mesotrophic brown Ferrosol

Factual key

Gn3.11

Soil landscape

Taralga[1]

 

Profile morphology

Horizon

A1

B1

B21

B22

Depth (cm)

0-12

12-25

25-55

55-90+

Texture

Clay loam

Clay loam

Light clay

Medium clay

pH (field)

4.5

4.5

4.5

5.5

Pasture

Improved pasture predominantly consisting of phalaris, cocksfoot and clover (both subterranean
and white clover).

Paddock History

Paddock receives annual applications of single superphosphate (125kg/ha). Molybdenum was last
applied in 2012.

 

Livestock/grazing

Grazed as part of normal farm operations.

1 DLWC (2002) Soil Landscapes of the SCA Hydrological Catchments. SCA.