Out­look could im­prove

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

DRY: Gra­ham Blanch, of Up­per Tent Hill, has a worse-case sum­mer plan.

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