Springs is licenced to farm Trout, Marron, Silver Perch and Barramundi.
The cool spring water on the farm enables us to keep trout year
round, and with several new ponds we are expanding our Silver
Perch breeding program.
the spawning tanks, the insulation helps maintain water temps
tanks where Silver Perch eggs are hatched.
Our ponds range in size from 2200m2 down to just over 100m2. They are situated in a gully so each one sits
lower than the next, this enables us to drain water from one
pond to another through the use of gravity. At the bottom of
the property is a wetland where nutrients are removed from the
water before it goes into a storage dam. Water from this lower
dam is then pumped to the main water storage dam where it is
then used as required.
netted pond at Ferguson Springs, ponds hold stock over the cooler
months before being drained in the spring and then used to raise
perch larvae to fry
first foray into aquaponics was in 2006 when we established a
small trial NFT system. Our current system has produced an endless
supply of fresh vegetables, been home to many different sizes
and species of fish and all with virtually no maintenance. With
the tanks in the aquaculture operation requiring daily water
exchanges, backwashing and cleaning of filters and constant monitoring
the aquaponics system has been a real time saver. In over five
years of constant operation there has been no filtering or removal
of solids from the system whatsoever and there has been no adverse
water quality issues because of this. All the growbeds are full
of worms which do a great job of breaking down the solids and
making the nutrients available to the plants.
The initial aquaponics
set up comprising of 8 half barrels and some NFT piping.
The system still
going strong 4 years later, extra barrels for future expansion.