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Rain brings hope

Saturday, 10th October, 2020

Yandama Creek at Winnathee Station was seen flowing after receiving a good drop from this week’s rainfall. PICTURE: Esther Hotchin Yandama Creek at Winnathee Station was seen flowing after receiving a good drop from this week’s rainfall. PICTURE: Esther Hotchin

By Myles Burt

Graziers are slowly beginning to restock   sheep and cattle after recent rains have brought confidence back to the Far West. 

Still hesitant to say whether the drought has been broken, Pastoralist Association of West Darling president, Matthew Jackson, said the recent downpours have left the countryside looking fantastic.

“I’m hesitant to say the drought has broken because we haven’t had proper widespread rain, back-to-back yet for a while,” Mr Jackson said.

“There’s always been areas that have been missing out.

“Things are looking positive for the short term down the track there anyway.”

In the northern half of the Far West where most properties have received the recent rains, with one receiving 50mm over a good strip. Mr Jackson said it’s definitely spread a positive feeling amongst properties with the idea that the drought is well and truly on its way to being broken.

“They’re cautiously optimistic, that’s for sure,” Mr Jackson said.

“People have got the confidence to bring stock home, or start buying stock to try and get back into production.

“We’ve got the hot months to go through, but so far it’s looking really good.”

Mr Jackson said graziers were hopeful after long range forecasts announced that La Nina has formed, a weather event that brings about above average rainfall. 

As rain fell upon already damp soil this week due to consistent downpours, Mr Jackson said anyone lucky enough to be under the decent fall would be ecstatic.

“Because we’ve gone through several years now with virtually no effective rainfall,” Mr Jackson said.

“To get a few good ones in a short period of time and then for them to say La Nina’s formed and things are turning around, definitely puts a lot of confidence in the job.”

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