Property Details

AREA
21,000 hectares or 52,500 acres.
Of that:    450 ha is irrigated.
              7500 ha aerial oversown or direct drilled.
                100 ha dryland arable pastures in lucerne or grasses.
The balance:
               Under 700 metres; native grasses and annuals.
                700 to 1200 metres: native grasses and silver tussock.
                Above 1200 metres; Snow grass, blue tussock, and alpine herbfield.

Flood irrigated country
FLOOD IRRIGATED COUNTRY.

Mid altitude direct drilled.
MID ALTITUDE DIRECT DRILLED

Mid altitude oversown and topdressed
MID ALTITUDE OVERSOWN AND TOPDRESSED

Under 700 metres native grasses and annuals
UNDER 700 METRES NATIVE GRASSES AND ANNUALS


700 - 1200 metres, native grasses and silver tussock
700 TO 1200 METRES, NATIVE GRASSES AND SILVER TUSSOCK

Above 1200 metres. Snow grass, blue tussock and alpine herbfield.
ABOVE 1200 METRES. SNOW GRASS, BLUE TUSSOCK, AND ALPINE HERBFIELD

ALTITUDE
                170 metres to 1850 metres.
 
CLIMATE.
                 A Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cold dry winters.
                  300 mm rainfall at the bottom and 1200 mm on the tops.
 
 
Earnscleugh Station Business Vision

  • To breed top producing stock which meet specialist niche markets while farming in an environmentally sustainable manner and to provide a satisfactory return on capital.

Earnscleugh Station Stock Objectives

  • To produce stock which are recognised to be in the top 10% of their class.
  • To have sustainable stock health practices which allow for minimum animal health inputs via stock being bred and managed for natural immunity to key animal health constraints.
  • To develop/explore opportunities for new niche markets.

Earnscleugh Station Other Objectives

  • To at all times consider rabbit control to be the top priority in all management decisions.
  • To have low wintering costs and avoid costly machinery inputs.
  • To further develop areas which provide a satisfactory return on investment  and which do not compromise the objectives of minimum wintering costs  and managing the land in a sustainable manner.
  • To look for alternative land uses that are compatible with existing land uses, management systems, and climatic limitations.

STOCK NUMBERS

SHEEP
                 Stud Ewes              1700
                 Superfine Ewes       7950
                 Ultrafine Ewes        4850
                 Hoggets                 7650
                 Wethers                  4850
                 Rams                       160
                             TOTAL      27160
 
CATTLE
                Stud Cows               525
                2 year heifers            140
                1 year heifers            155
                1 year bulls               170
                 Sires                           16
                           TOTAL          1006
 
 
SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT POLICIES.

  • Sunny and dark aspects fenced to stop sunny faces being over grazed.
  • Dry arid country either not grazed or lightly grazed during spring growth period to allow grasses to seed and to build up soil organic matter.
  • High altitude country monitored and enclosures erected to measure the effects of grazing and adjust stock numbers if necessary.
  • Photo points established on low and mid altitude country to observe changes in cover over time.
  • Block records retained on computer with stocking rates and movements, animal remedies, fertiliser, weed and pest control and rainfall recorded.
     
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