Collingwood is located 3km east of Gunning on the Southern Tablelands of NSW. The terrain is predominantly gently rolling granite soils, rising to steeper basalt and shale peaks. Altitude ranges from 560m to 800m and average annual rainfall is 640mm. Collingwood is a family owned property and is managed by Charles Knight. The businesses prime focus is on wool production. Enterprises include a self-replacing wool flock which is run along side a first cross terminal lamb flock and a cattle trading enterprise.
Annual rainfall: 640mm
Soil type: Granite
Pasture type: Introduced
Gently undulating, low rounded hills with slope grades typically 5-10%, areas of boulder outcrop common. Free draining site, not prone to saturation.
White box (E. albens) and Red Gum (E. blakeleyi) grassy woodland, largely cleared.
Acidic, duplex soil with a strong red, moderately structured light clay subsoil, grading to highly weathered granite at >90cm. The A horizon is a light reddish brown, massive sandy loam.
Aust. soil classification
Haplic, mesotrophic red Chromosol
The paddock was renovated in 2016 and sown down to permanent pasture. The pasture mix consists of Phalaris, Fescue, Brome and sub clover. Soil tests are used to monitor phosphorous levels and guide P application rates.
2016 – sown down to an permanent pasture with 100kg Croplift 15/ha
2015 – sown down to an annual crop of oats and ryegrass with 100kg Croplift 15/ha
Pre 2015 – Low production, unfertilized annual native pasture
This paddock is grazed as part of the overall farm rotational grazing program. Pasture availability is regularly assessed on a paddock by paddock basis and pastures are grazed and rested accordingly.