Property “Sping Ponds”
“Spring Ponds” is a 530ha property situated at Bungonia in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. The area has a long term average rainfall of 660mm and an altitude of around 590m. Soils on the property are mostly light granite with some narrow alluvial flats in the lower lying areas. Pastures primarily have a microlaena/wallaby grass base with sub clover and annual grasses. Spring Ponds is owned and operated by Dave and Skye Ward who run a self-replacing merino flock. A small number of cattle are also traded on an opportunistic basis.
Annual rainfall: 660mm
Soil type: Fine sandy loam (with a stony, light clay subsoil)
Pasture type: Native perennials with sub clover
VGently undulating hills and terraces with slope grades typically 5-10%. Altitude 590m.
Grassy open woodland with scattered Red Gum (E. blakeleyi), Stringy Bark (E. Macrorryncha) and Peppermint (E. radiata).
Slightly acidic, duplex soil with a brown, moderately structured stony clay subsoil. The A horizon is a strongly bleached pale grey, massive fine sandy loam.
Aust. soil classification
Haplic, mesotrophic brown Chromosol
Native based pasture (microlaena and danthonia) with sub clover and annual grass. Pastures are fertilised annually with single superphosphate.
The paddock is set stocked or rotational grazed depending on the time of year.