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
Soil type: Basalt
Pasture type: Introduced
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.
Peppermint (E. radiata), Red Gum (E. blakeleyi) and Yellow Box (E. melliodora) woodland, largely
Acidic, gradational soil with a strong red coloured, strongly structured clay loam grading to light clay.
Aust. soil classification
Haplic, mesotrophic brown Ferrosol
Improved pasture predominantly consisting of phalaris, cocksfoot and clover (both subterranean
and white clover).
Paddock receives annual applications of single superphosphate (125kg/ha). Molybdenum was last
applied in 2012.
Grazed as part of normal farm operations.