Farm­ers smil­ing af­ter rain­fall

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen kather­ine.kokko­

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.”

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