“Muniong” is located approximately 30km North West of Cooma on the Snowy Mountains Highway heading towards Adaminaby. The 1178 ha property is owned and managed by Simon and his wife Kristina. The main enterprise is wool as well as an angus cattle breeding operation. The Kings run a fine-medium wool merino stud “Avonside” which focusses on large framed, sound sheep with consistent gains in both wool cuts and body weights. The base soil types include a mixture of 25% basalt, 22% shale and the balance granite.
Annual rainfall: 690mm
Soil type: Granite
Pasture type: Introduced
Undulating, rounded hills with long gently to moderately graded hillslope, typically 5-10%, areas of boulder outcrop common. Occasional periods of saturation after extended rainfall events; not prone to flooding. Altitude 1,320m.
Snow gum (E. pauciflora), Ribbon Gum (E.viminalis) and Candlebark (E. rubida) open grassy woodland.
Acidic, texture contrast soil with a yellowish brown coloured, weakly structured clay loam subsoil. The A horizon is a grey brown, bleached massive fine sandy loam.
Aust. soil classification
Mottled, mesotrophic yellow Kurosol
The pasture is an improved, permanent pasture sown 14 years ago to phalaris, cocksfoot and sub clover. It is currently considered a productive, quality pasture and a pasture renovation is not planned for another five years. The pasture had an application of S26 fertiliser in 2015 and in general is fertilised every three years.
The paddock is strategically, rotationally grazed as part of normal farm operations.