Life Saving Rain

It’s just before 7am, the rain clouds are leaving us, retracting to the north. The big grey clouds block the sun’s first rays and you can smell the wet earth. Over seven inches or 175mm have fallen in the last six days, nice steady rain, no heavy showers for run off, just the good soaking rain we so desperately needed. As the sun breaks through the clouds I can see Dad rap dancing in the puddles, his moves so smooth as he breaks into a ‘crump’. The farmers’ relief is spread wide through the state this morning; the local AM radio reads out the rain totals for the country towns. The only downside is for the boys with summer crops. One man’s relief is another’s burden – the rain certain to downgrade crops in their final weeks before harvest.

We hope now for some hot weather for the rest of Autumn, warm wet ground plus sun = grass. We are not out of the woods just yet, but we are clear of the heavy timber with a spring in our step!

drought, farming, Newsletter - March 2014, rain

Ben Clinch

Ben Clinch has a strong background in agriculture and has experience in operations and project management. Before starting The Free Range Butcher he worked as jackaroo, camel handler, barman, security guard, handyman, and tiler. These days he manages the day to day running of The Free Range Butcher business, and you can usually find him out the front of the farmers market stall; often telling bad jokes, or offering samples to vegetarians. He’s also the go to guy for sales, corporate enquiries, events, and silly questions.

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