Best in 20 years

LOCAL beef, dairy and crop farming enterprises have experienced their best autumn break in 20 years.

Healthy feed stocks in the Wangaratta district have been stimulated by prolific pasture growth, thanks to in some cases, 100mm of rain last week.

Beef farmer Bob Andrews of Old Kentucky Blonde and Angus stud said it was like a “double autumn break” following the last two dry spring/summer seasons.

Some 76mm of rain fell at his Londrigan property, a welcome sight for farmers continuing on from 66.8mm recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in March.

“I have been speaking to farmers around the area and they say it’s the best autumn break they’ve seen in 20 years,” Mr Andrews said.

Back in 1994 some 24mm fell at the end of February, followed by another 40mm eight days later.

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