Cloud hangs over joys of recent rainfall

WHILE some landholders jumped for joy at this week’s rainfall, not all were so lucky.

“It was the luck of the draw unfortunately,” said the NSW Department of Primary Industry’s technical specialist in grain services Peter Matthews.

“The rain was well-received but uneven in its distribution.

“Some growers in the Central Tablelands got 60 to 100 millimetres and others only got 10 to 20 millimetres.

“At the moment the rainfall has been storm based,” he said.

Mr Matthews said many of the growers who got 40mm or more were probably preparing to sow fodder.

Des Taylor, whose property is on the Millthorpe Road, said he’s been one of the lucky ones.

“Strangely we’ve had a lot of rain since last Friday (February 14), 107 millimetres,” he said.

“In the short term that’s very good ... everywhere you look it’s green,” he said.

Mr Taylor envisages he’ll be able to stop feeding his breeding stock soon.

“They’ll being doing well in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

He said he expected a lot of people in the district to now start sowing their winter feed.

While grateful for the rain he’s received Mr Taylor said it’s not all smooth sailing.

“We’ll need ongoing rain, that’s just a fact,” he said.

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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