RELIEF: Jim Wedge is overjoyed rain has finally dampened his Warwick cattle stud.
RELIEF: Jim Wedge is overjoyed rain has finally dampened his Warwick cattle stud.

Farmers rejoice as rain brings hope for better winter

FARMERS are rejoicing after a decent drenching finally hit Warwick.

According to the Bureau of meteorology, about 46mm of rain had fallen in the Rose City between 1.30pm Monday and 12.30pm yesterday.

Jim Wedge from Ascot Cattle Stud said about 70mm of rain had soaked their property on Warwick-Allora Rd in the past week.

"It's the first decent rain we've had for a long time,” Mr Wedge said.

"It's been a big relief, we do a lot of irrigation around here so we can rely on the rainfall rather than irrigating.”

The moisture has brightened up the grass and came at just the right time, as Mr Wedge said the stud was preparing to plant oats for their winter forage crops.

It will help save money on irrigation and extra labour of feeding out hay.

"We'd have been facing a very tough winter if we hadn't had this rain now,” he said.

"If we can get a stockpile of grass and hay because of this rain we'll be able to get through winter a lot easier.”

Mr Wedge said it was possibly even more important that clients had received rain in northern and western Queensland as well, as the stud is holding a sale on April 18.

"A lot of our clients in the western areas have had good rain, hopefully it'll give them confidence to buy bulls at the sale,” he said.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist David Crock said a south-easterly flow was combining with a tropical low to drive the rain to Warwick.

"All this moisture is being drawn down from the tropical low that has dumped a whole lot of rain through western Queensland over the last few days,” he said.

From tomorrow the rain is expected to ease before a fine weekend.



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