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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 WET WALK: Farmer Damian Gee goes for a stroll in the rain with his dog Jess. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Joy rains supreme as dry subsides JENNIFER CRAWLEY It was a nice lot of moisture. It is welcomed. We were getting to a stage where we could do with some.' Continued Page 8 PRAYERS for rain were finally ans- wered for many farmers in South-East Tasmania this week. But others were not so lucky in parts of the Southern Midlands. The skies opened on Tuesday night after a record dry spell in the South and East. Royal George farmer Rob Gee re- corded 30mm of rain on Tuesday night. He had his paddocks ready to plant poppies when the rain came. ''It was a nice lot of moisture,'' Mr Gee said. ''It is welcomed. We were getting to a stage where we could do with some, but we don't want much more. ''It will be a fortnight before we can move a tractor --- that's two weeks before we can get our poppies in.'' However, he said he preferred ''the wet to the dry any day''. ''It's been a pretty fair season till now,'' Mr Gee said. The 3500-strong flock of sheep on the Gee farm Royslea has shrunk to 1500 after the last drought. Mr Gee grows winter wheat and said he hoped to have a good crop of poppies this season ''if I can get them planted''. Further down the St Pauls River is Shane McShane, who recorded a massive 89mm overnight on Tuesday. Mr McShane was flooded in after making an early-morning dash in his four-wheel-drive to Avoca for supplies. ''This is going to ensure our spring is phenomenal,'' he said. The farmer runs Merino sheep and cross-bred ewes, and is building up a mob of Wilty Poll, a breed of bare- backed meat sheep. ''They are ideally suited to Tasman- ian conditions,'' Mr McShane said. He spent Wednesday morning mov- ing ewes and lambs, and said there was ''three foot of water'' (90cm) over the bush bridge that separates him from the main road. ''As far as I'm aware there's been no stock losses, but the river is just extraordinarily high,'' Mr McShane said. Woodbury farmer Jan Burbury described strong winds but no rain on her Midlands property Kuranda. She did not even bother to look at the rain gauge on the family property. ''We are just right to the edge,'' Mrs Burbury said.
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