Lugano is located at Rugby, 32km East of Boorowa and 45km West of Crookwell. It is predominantly granite soils with some lighter shale country to the North. It has a long term average annual rainfall of approximately 620mm. The property is owned and managed by Amy and Andrew Kelly. There are two primary enterprises on Lugano; a cattle breeding and backgrounding operation and a terminal lamb operation. The moderate to steep granite slopes typical of the area are well suited to breeding enterprises and the focus with both these operations is to breed high quality and consistent livestock that meet market specifications early.
Annual rainfall: 620mm
Soil type: Granite
Pasture type: Introduced
Steeply undulating, high hills with slope grades typically 10-20%. Free draining site, not prone to saturation. Altitude 610m.
White box (E. albens) and Red Gum (E. blakeleyi) grassy woodland, largely cleared.
Acidic, duplex soil with a red, moderately structured light clay subsoil, grading to highly weathered granite at 70cm+. The A horizon is a light reddish brown, massive sandy loam.
Aust. soil classification
Haplic, mesotrophic red Chromosol
The paddock was aerial sown in June 2012 to a mix of phalaris, ryegrass and sub clover. It is a productive and good quality pasture with some blue thistle infestation but not enough to cause concern. Renovation is not planned in the near future. This pasture is biannually top-dressed with single super, Mo used every second dressing or when required.
The paddock has a long fertiliser history. Single and Subs would have been applied in the 1950’s-60’s and frequent topdressing has occurred since. Paddock has only been sprayed out and renovated once in 2012. This was all done via aerial application.
The paddock is strategically rotationally grazed as part of normal farm operations.