Wowagin is located in the Taralga District of the Southern Tablelands, approximately 9km West of Taralga, 24km East of Crookwell and 38km North of Goulburn .
The property is owned and managed in partnership by Bryn and Karina Rees in a partnership with Bryn’s father, Dave. The main enterprises are beef cattle breeding, steer finishing and prime lamb production. Over the last 17 years the stocking rate over the whole property has increased from an average of 7.5DSE per Ha to its current 18DSE per Ha.
Soils on Wowagin are predominantly shaley, duplex soils with the A horizon consisting of a grey loam ranging anywhere from 10 to 30cm deep. The B horizon is an orange/yellow clay that acts like a natural plough pan. The creek flats have a deeper alluvial loam.
Annual rainfall: 780mm
Altitude: 860 – 990m
White quartzite and quartzitic sandstone
Pasture type: Improved
Undulating, elevated terrain with broad flat ridgelines and long gently to moderately graded hillslopes, draining to shallow depressions and swampy drainage lines. Probe site is situated on a flat ridge crest, slope gradient 1-3%.
Partially cleared Peppermint (E. radiata) and Yellow Box (E. melliodora) woodland.
Acidic, texture contrast soil with a mottled yellow brown coloured, moderately structured light clay subsoil. The A horizon is a bleached light grey brown, massive silty loam.
Aust. soil classification
Mottled, mesotrophic yellow Kurosol
The pasture improvement strategy at Wowagin consists of:
Soil testing is carried out in six paddocks annually. Fertilizer is applied annually. The rate of phosphorus and sulphur applied is based on a combination of these soil test results and the annual stocking rate for each individual paddock.
All paddocks on the property are rotationally grazed. The higher production areas, consisting of pasture species with higher energy and protein, are preferably grazed by stock with higher nutritional requirements eg. pregnant ewes, ewes with lamb at foot, weaned lambs, weaned/growing cattle. The lower production areas are grazed by dry cows, dry ewes, and cows in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.