AFTER 50 millimetres of rain four weeks ago on “Willamurra”, Brewarrina, and the region picking up 50mm to 80mm, Santa Gertrudis and Merino breeder Garrie Turnbull has a smile.
He and wife, Rita, and family continue to hand-feed cattle, but their sheep have already picked up.
“The benefits are already there, germination and our water tanks have been replenished,” he said.
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“Even our clovers and softer herbages have shot and while our saltbush and scrub country have been getting a trim from the sheep, they’ve even leafed up and look quite fresh.”
What would make it even better for the whole region is a follow-up rain, even “half and inch” (12.5mm) and Mr Turnbull said the country would lift providing a green pick for ewes to make milk as lambing is about to begin.
“The country tells you what kind of stock to run and that’s why we’ve bred Santas for the past 20 years with our flock of 15,000 Merinos.”