Rain at last in the north

At the time of writing the far north is finally getting heaps of rain, nearly 100 mm in 24 hours near Matakana and 190 mm forecast for Kaitaia. Unfortunately, while it’s a relief after months of arid pasture and empty water tanks, it’s too late to have any significant impact on livestock supplies for this season, because the grass growth is much slower now the temperature has fallen as we head into winter and farmers in the north have already used up a lot of their supplementary feed. It’s quite probable that the drought has done irreversible damage to next season’s lambing and calving prospects with a large amount of livestock having already been slaughtered or sold to buyers from regions with grass.

 

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