Farmers smiling after rainfall
FARMERS were all smiles with widespread rain turning paddocks from brown to green.
Mt Perry recorded 160mm, while Eidsvold received 73.6mm.
Ian Briggs, who runs Elmhirst near Mt Perry, said the property got more than 225mm of rain in the past week.
He was thrilled, because before the rain, Mr Briggs was planning to sell 20% of his breeders.
The rain meant he could to go back to his annual program and would start weaning his cattle in June.
“We always knew it was going to rain, but until I tipped 75mm out of the gauge, I was apprehensive,” he said. “It was excellent rain because where we are it was steady and opened the soil up.”
Mr Briggs has growth on his property, and decided to keep livestock out of the paddock to help the growth.
Despite not receiving the best rainfall, Eidsvold Station owner Anthony Coates was still smiling.
“It’s on the lean side of the rain, but there are signs of life,” he said. “I’m glad it happened when it did, it was looking bad.”
Mr Coates said there was now good flow in the Burnett River and some water storages have been filled.
However, grass was struggling to grow in the humid and warm conditions following the downpours.
Mr Coates felt fortunate he had already thinned out his stock numbers in preparation for winter.
The smaller herd has given the paddocks time to recuperate and the country has responded well.
“We have no control over the weather,” he said.
“The only reason you stay on the land is because you are an optimist.
“You grit your teeth and get on with it.”