What a difference a week makes. Dion Burton, from Burton's Fraser Coast Milk, is happy to be standing in greener pastures.
What a difference a week makes. Dion Burton, from Burton's Fraser Coast Milk, is happy to be standing in greener pastures. Valerie Horton

Rain replaces dirt with green grass at dairy farm

RAIN has come just in time to provide winter feed for cattle at Burton's Fraser Coast Milk dairy farm.

Paddocks that were dust and dirt only two weeks ago have begun to show green growth.

Owner Dion Burton was out in the middle of downpours last week fertilising his paddocks to ensure he could get the most of the first substantial rainfall of the year.

He said about 32 hectares were now able to be ploughed and used to grow ryegrass to prop up the winter food supply for the young stock.

It will also help ease the pressure of big water and electricity bills that come with relying on irrigation.

The days of rain has helped save the farm from what could have been a shattering winter but it will not be enough for many of his peers, Mr Burton said.

He said for farmers without access to irrigation, it was too late in the season to grow healthy crops.



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