Charles Sturt University's 1600 hectare commercial farm has 400Ha of zero till continuous cropping.
The sheep and cattle are run as model enterprises based on perennial pastures of lucerne and grasses.
Charles Sturt University has a range of drip irrigated bird proof enclosures which are ideal for projects that require exposure to the elements and are not reliant on climate control.
Research Winery & Vineyard
Charles Sturt University’s Research Winery enables the production of red and white wines with state-of-the-art wine making equipment and temperature controlled fermentation for replicated small batches of 1L to semi-commercial production of up to 1,000L.
Wine making underpins the University’s research programs and is complemented by the Research Vineyard with replicated trials and over 30 different grape varieties.
Charles Sturt University's orchard zone has 24 commercial olive varieties and a small selection of citrus trees including rootstock.
The precinct also has a number of irrigated greenhouses as well as shaded and unshaded areas that support research into larger plants or trees.
The facilities available in this area are ideal for precise intensive small crop planting including manipulation of soil types, nutrition and watering regimes.
Charles Sturt University’s Sensory Laboratory has a fully equipped kitchen and sample preparation area suitable for wine and food evaluation, pass-through compartments for distribution of samples to participants and computer assisted data collection and sensory evaluation software.
Certified as a food registered premises with Wagga Wagga City Council, Charles Sturt University’s meat laboratory encompasses Food Science, Meat and Fibre Science, Veterinary Quality Assurance, Food Technology and Product Development and Consumer Sensory Product Evaluation Testing.
The facility is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including mincers, hanging racks, vacuum packing equipment, large cool room for meat processing, kitchen preparation area and change room and lockers.
Certified as a food registered premise with the Wagga Wagga City Council, Charles Sturt University’s Nutrition Laboratory is equipped with 12 cooking stations, stove tops, ovens, range-hoods, dishwashers and fridges.
The Nutrition Laboratory also has a small consultation room and thirty place tutorial space ideal for consumer product evaluation.