Outlook could improve
IF the Lockyer Valley receives 200mm of rain this summer, it will be better than last year, Graham Blanch says.
The Charnelle Charolais stud principal at Upper Tent Hill is not too concerned about the Bureau of Meteorology’s summer outlook, with some rain expected.
“You have to look at your own situation and how you’re going to get through summer and winter as far as you can see,” he said.
“The data we get from the BOM site is helpful, but it only comes with a percentage.
“We really do have to prepare for a worse-case scenario, especially from the cattle side.”
Mr Blanch’s business plan involves stocking up on hay in December to be able to feed his cattle in dry conditions. He expects to start supplementary feeding his herd in the next few weeks.
“We don’t normally feed a huge amount in the summer because usually by now we have some grass,” he said.
Mr Blanch said he made farming decisions on a weekly basis.
“The forecast indicate we should get at least 200-300mm of rain through the next three months,” he said. “If that’s right, it will be better than last year.”
DRY: Graham Blanch, of Upper Tent Hill, has a worse-case summer plan.