Tuesday, 2 August 2016

RED DUST PLAINS & FLOODING RAIN.

Many of the stations we visit are so big, they report their rainfall tallies with reference to direction. They will say "The North end of the station received 25 millimetres, while down the Southern end we only received 15 millimetres". The variance in rainfall over distance is staggering. One station can recieve a great drop, while the neighbouring station 100 kilometers away could get very little.

Lister diesel pump, Aug 2016.

Many of the Stations within Parkin Sturt Patrol Area this year have received wonderful rain but sadly some have received very little. One station visited this week, east of the Barrier Highway has only received 75 millimetres (3inches) for the whole year so far. As a result they are pumping water 7 days a week to holding tanks all over the station to supply drinking water for stock. This is very expensive, in time, money & emotion. Many of the dams are now getting very low.

Due to the lack of water, destocking has begun, with cattle being sold. One consolation is cattle prices are currently buoyant.

That old saying "It's hard to please everyone". Is true with regard to rainfall currently in SA, some are rejoicing with good rain, while others are reeling from the lack of it.

It reminds me of the mother who had 17 children. Someone asked, "Which child do you love the most?" She replied, "The one who needs it at the time". Likewise our love is for all those living remote but those struggling with low rainfall now...we love you and are here for you now.

 

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