Dams fill just in time
WITH three dry dams on his home block, and five drying up in the back paddock, the rain came just in time for Ken Patterson.
Mr Patterson’s nearest water is Obil Bil Creek and it was down to a trickle.
Mr Patterson said his dad and his dad before him worked this 200 hectares and he was now doing the same.
“Only once, when I was a boy, my dad had to de-stock this property because of no water and I was very close to doing the same,” Mr Patterson said.
“I have kept my cattle in good condition by carting water from the creek during the past three months, but you can’t do that forever.
“I would have had to reduce my herd, within the month if the dry had continued.
“The rain filled the back paddock, but not the three dams on my house block.”
After bucket loads of rain in the Central and North Burnett the dams are filling and some relief can be seen on farmer’s faces and the smiles are noticeably warmer.
Rain in this event was patchy and diverse so not everyone got a drenching but most got enough to get some relief.
Jim Croner is the owner of Lone Pine Station 50km west of Eidsvold and said the rain was welcome as his stock had started losing some condition.
“We were okay for water, but the 108mm we got last week was much needed and welcome,” Mr Croner said.
“My ancestors were very conscious about the importance of water and they put plenty of dams all over the station.”
More rain is forecast before Christmas and those dams that are half full dams, may overflow before the new year.
WELCOME: Recent rain has saved Ken Patterson from de-stocking his property.