Welcome rain falls for some
... but drought drags on
THE drought isn’t easing off but any sight of rain is welcome and one Jambin property was fortunate enough to receive 28mm in a 24-hour period at the weekend.
Tania Berry and her family rent a house on a cattle property at Smokey Creek, 45km out of Biloela.
Their rainfall for the year so far totals 120mm but Ms Berry said everyone in the area was feeling the pinch of dry grounds and lack of feed for livestock.
“I have lived on the land for enough years to know that even though we got good rainfall it wasn’t what was needed and the drought isn’t over by a long shot,” Ms Berry said.
“Farmers didn’t get a winter crop meaning no income, farmers with irrigation are having to use more water which means more money, there is an increase in feral animals such as ’roos and pigs damaging crops and hay and there are no grains or crops to make feeds so the supply is low.”
Ms Berry has lived at Smokey Creek for three years and said the last good rainfall was in March when they received 18mm.
“The region is very dry,” she said. “Everyone has been feeding cattle for months and feed is very hard to come by with the local feed store waiting for more feed to be made before they can even sell it.
“People are having to think outside the square to get animals fed.
“Some of my friends and family are on wait lists for hay and feed and we’ve been ordering water for the last few months and feed as well.”
The 28mm which fell hard and fast over the weekend was unexpected with three separate showers delivering good falls.
“We had one early in the morning that gave us 3mm, one at 9am which gave us 11mm and one at lunch which gave us 14mm,” Ms Berry said.
“The showers were hard and very fast with enough wind to blow the dog kennels over but hardly anything made it to the rainwater tanks.
“It was very patchy rain. Some only received 5-8mm and some received nothing at all but there was also reports of hail across the road.
“We weren’t predicted to get anything but it won’t make any difference.
“It was just too hard and fast and then with the cool nights after, it won’t germinate new pick.”
SMOKEY CREEK: Rain at the weekend was a welcome sight for those who received it.
Showers resulted in some good falls but they were ‘hard and fast’ and, combined with the cool nights, will not deliver much new pick.