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Bungonia

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

Altitude: 590m

Soil typeFine sandy loam (with a stony, light clay subsoil)

(refer to Soil section for further detail)

Pasture typeNative perennials with sub clover

(refer to Pasture section for further detail)

INTERACTIVE GRAPH

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Landscape

VGently undulating hills and terraces with slope grades typically 5-10%. Altitude 590m.

 

Vegetation

Grassy open woodland with scattered Red Gum (E. blakeleyi), Stringy Bark (E. Macrorryncha) and Peppermint (E. radiata).

Soil

Summary morphology

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

Factual key

Db2.21

Soil landscape

Jerrara[1]

Profile morphology

Horizon

A1

A2

B21

B22

Depth (cm)

0-8

8-28

28-70

70-90+

Texture

Fine sandy loam

Fine sandy loam

Light clay

Light-med clay

pH (field)

5.0

5.0

6.0

6.5

Pasture

Native based pasture (microlaena and danthonia) with sub clover and annual grass. Pastures are fertilised annually with single superphosphate.

Paddock History

As above.

 

Livestock/grazing

The paddock is set stocked or rotational grazed depending on the time of year.

[1]DLWC(2002) Soil Landscapes of the SCA Hydrological Catchment. CD and 1:100,000 map.