Gum­boots are back

Heavy rain was a wel­come sur­prise for our lo­cal farm­ers be­fore the win­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

LAST week’s wild weather might have in­con­ve­nienced many but for one Moon­ford farmer it was a God-send.

Ian San­der­son fell asleep to the sound of rain on Wed­nes­day last week but was not ex­pect­ing the down­pour that then soaked his prop­erty over the next sev­eral days.

“There’s noth­ing bet­ter than the sound of rain on a tin roof,” Mr San­der­son said.

He ex­pected last week’s down­pour to be the last for the sea­son as he pre­pares to go in to win­ter.

But un­like last year, healthy rain since the start of the year has put him in a bet­ter po­si­tion.

When he went in to win­ter last year, his pad­docks were dry, his dams were run­ning low and he had very lit­tle win­ter feed for the months ahead.

Now he has a shed full of hay and is filled with a con­fi­dence that had been lack­ing dur­ing the dry pe­riod.

“There will be plenty of feed around. The whole dis­trict is get­ting this rain,” he said.

In 2015, he es­ti­mated he has had about 500 mls of rain al­ready, com­pared to about 600 mls for all of 2014.

He has roughly 200 head of cat­tle that are health­ier than 12 months ago and he has pre­dicted de­cent prices when he fi­nally takes them to mar­ket.

“Last year the cat­tle were light and the prices were light,” he said.

PHOTO: BAR­CLAY WHITE

NICE SUR­PRISE: Moon­ford farmer said he had a barn full of hay thanks to healthy rain.

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