SMILES ARE SHINING: William Potters and Frances Rieck revel in the rain at Warwick Pig and Calf.
SMILES ARE SHINING: William Potters and Frances Rieck revel in the rain at Warwick Pig and Calf. Bianca Hrovat

Rain brings reprieve for farmers, but far more still needed

IT WAS a rare sight to see rain at the Pig and Calf sale at Warwick this week, where producers donned smiles alongside their rain jackets and hats.

Sheltered beneath the chook shed were cattle farmers William Potters and Frances Rieck.

Mr Potters said he'd received at least 14ml of rain at his Clifton property on Tuesday night.

"It's good!” he said.

"But I would need at least 50ml to really make a difference.”

Ms Rieck agreed and said she wanted to see 50ml fall on her Hendon land so she could put water in her tanks and grow some grass for her herd.

It was around 4am when chicken farmer Shawn Caffrey first heard the rain begin to fall on his roof at Yangan.

"There's just not enough of it,” he said.

"It will take a couple of months to really do something.”

But these producers were lucky compared with a visitor from out West, who said his sheep property at Thallon received only showers.

"It wasn't really out there,” Vaughan Baker explained.

"Besides it'd take a bit more than a day to make a difference.

"We need several months.”