Rains bring welcome relief

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 22 Juli 2013 | 19.55

Farmers have welcomed recent heavy rains.

FARMERS have stretched out their arms and may have even danced in the rain.

The welcome rains have topped up dams, moistened dry soils and might even have a positive effect on livestock markets.

Dave Jones, a dairy and mixed cropping farmer from Hamilton, said rain over the past few days will help break down dry soil for pasture and crops.

"It will help put moisture into the soil profile," Mr Jones said.

He resumes milking on September 1 after drying off 400 cows because of the lack of rain over winter.

Tara Mendham, who has a PhD in agriculture and welcomes visitors to her Taras Richmond Farmstay, said about 60mm rain had fallen over the weekend.

"We had to irrigate in June, and we have never done that before, so this rain is really good," Dr Mendham said.

"Up to now we have had hardly any rain, we have been forced to feed out hay to the sheep."

Dr Mendham, a member of the Coal River Sustainable Living Group, said it is good for lucerne hay growth and pasture for her merino super-fine wool sheep.

Forcett farmer Brad Grattitdge sowed 50 hectares of poppies last week.

"This rain is fantastic, and is great for any crops just sown," Mr Grattitidge said.

"It might even help the livestock market and with the rain topping up dams puts us in a good position for spring.

"Even my lambs born weeks ago are loving it."

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