Situated 6km west of Bookham, “Kia-Ora” is a commercial farming operation run by the Hazell family. The property has a strong wool focus, running merino ewes and wethers to 4 years of age. Pastures are predominantly native perennial (microlaena and danthonia with sub-clover) with a good fertiliser history.
Annual rainfall: 670mm
Soil type: Sandy clay loam (sitting over a light/medium clay sub-soil)
Pasture type: Native perennials with sub clover and annual grasses
(refer to Pasture section for further detail)
Undulating hills with slope grades typically 5-10%, areas of boulder outcrop common on upper slopes; drained by upper order drainage lines with narrow alluvial flats.
White box (E. albens) and Red Gum (E. blakeleyi) grassy woodland
Acidic, duplex soil with a red brown, moderately structured clay subsoil. The A horizon is a deep, bleached pale grey brown, massive sandy clay loam.
Aust. soil classification
Haplic, mesotrophic red Chromosol
Native pasture (perennial base is mainly microlaena and danthonia) with sub clover and annual grasses. Paddock is fertilised annually with single super to maintain soil phosphorus levels at around 25 – 30 Colwell.
This paddock has been used as part of the long-term grazing demonstration at Bookham, which commenced in 1993.
Continuously grazed all year round.