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TAS Country : April 14th 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 Wild wet sours season KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 4 FARMERS in northeast Tasmania are mopping up after the area was hit by heavy rain for the third time this year. A large low pressure system that developed in Bass Strait dumped large amounts of rain on the region on Sunday and Monday before mov- ing down the coast to south-east areas on Tuesday. Rushy Lagoon manager Rodney Moore has been on the property for about 25 years and said this was the wettest period he could remember. ''To have three big rains like this in three or four months is unbelievable,'' Mr Moore said. ''I've never seen anything like it.'' Mr Moore said many roads and creek crossings on the property had again been washed out. He said flooding on one road meant he had been unable to get a milk tanker in to collect milk so it had been discarded. ''We do get some payment for that milk but it's still not very nice to have to tip it down the drain,'' Mr Moore said. ''The washed-out roads are our big- gest problem at the moment. ''So we've got two trucks here carting rock.'' Mr Moore said he had to throw out about 50,000 litres of milk a fortnight ago because of heavy falls. About 275mm of rain fell on Rushy Lagoon on Sunday and Monday. That followed the 225mm of rain that fell on the property two weeks ago. ''We've had big rains here before but normally it's over a longer period so the water has got a chance to get away. ''We had six inches of rain on Sunday night alone.'' Earlier in the week, Mr Moore had to move 650 cows through floodwater so that they could be milked. He said about 700ha of his property were still under water. ''We were supposed to be selling some cattle today. ''But we can't get to them. So we'll just have to wait until the water goes down.'' Mr Moore said he planned to empty one of the property's major irrigation dams prior to winter to try to stop it spilling over. News GEE-UP: Stephanie Clark and Michael MacDonald prepare for the Australian Carriage Driving Championships. Picture: CHRIS KIDD Tassie entrants' driving ambition KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 8 THERE will be no shortage of horsepower at the Australian Carriage Driving Championships, with a team from Tasmania competing for the first time. The 10-day championships kick off tomorrow at Bunadoon in New South Wales and will include competitors from across the country. Taking part this year for the first time will be Michael MacDonald, from Beaconsfield, and Stephanie Clark, from Lymington in the Tasmania's South. The pair will have a team of supporters, including grooms Maryl Cropper, of Wynyard, and Anne Robarts, of Launceston, along with Tam and Ruth Butler, of Latrobe. Mr MacDonald will pair up with his very experienced 20-year-old Palouse pony gelding Reprah Flying High, or Kye as he is known at home. The pair will compete in the combined driving and speed events. Ms Clarke will drive her 17.1-hands Shire mare Viewfield Gina. A newcomer to harness competition, it will be Gina's first event after Ms Clark's more experienced mare, Matilda, was injured and could not compete. Ms Clark has also faced her own challenges after battling breast cancer with radiation treatment and chemotherapy. EST RIDE, BEST VALUE MADE 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au HARDEST WORKING. SMOOTHEST RIDING. $5995* B PLUS $500 POLARIS ACCESSORIES 340 KG Towing Capacity n p n nt a sp nsion ( ) nt g at ont to ag *Offer ends 30/6/11 or earlier if stocks run out at participating Polaris dealers. Excludes fleet clients.
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