“Idaho” is a property located in the Bungarby region of the Monaro, approximately 45km SW of Cooma. Soil is predominantly basalt with an average annual rainfall of approximately 585mm. The property is owned and managed in partnership by the McGufficke brothers, Alan and Mark and their families. The main enterprise is wool with some opportunistic cattle trading. Greendale Merino stud is a family owned and operated merino breeding business joining approximately 7000 ewes per year, with a strong focus on benchmarking genetics.
Annual rainfall: 585mm
Soil type: Basalt
Pasture type: Introduced
Very gently undulating plains and low rises, very gentle hillslopes; common surface stone, rock outcrop confined mainly to ridges. Free draining site, not prone to saturation. Altitude 990m.
Gradational soil with a brown coloured, strongly structured clay loam grading to light clay; overlies weathered basalt at 70cm.
Aust. soil classification
Haplic, eutrophic brown Ferrosol
The paddock was sown in September 2013 to a mix of phalaris, lucerne and subclover. Prior to this the site was part of a NSW DPI fertiliser comparison trial in native grasslands. The paddock was fertilised at sowing (75kg/ha) and is periodically fertilised on a regular basis.
The paddock is grazed as part of normal farm operations.