Farmers waiting on rain might get some joy this weekend as rain is forecast, however it’s not expected to stick around.
Weatherzone.com.au meterologist Kim Westcott said between five and 10 millimetres were expected to fall over two days from Saturday.
Ms Westcott said stormy conditions could start on Friday and continue through the weekend, however a high pressure system is expected to develop meaning cold mornings and clear weather returns next week.
“The cold weather will linger through next week," Ms Westcott said.
“We haven’t had nice deep troughs coming through with rain, we’ve just had the cold weather. Next week is looking pretty dry.”
Cootamundra has experienced a dry autumn with little rain in March and April, and while 43.5 millimetres fell in June – it was below the 20 year average of 63 millimetres. To help cope with the dry conditions, farmers are being invited to a ‘Feeding in Dry Times’ workshop.
Organised by Riverina Local Land Services, the free workshop starts from 8am at the Cootamundra Country Club on Tuesday.
LLS’ vets will focus on nutrition-related metabolic diseases, feeding for production, feeding ewes and cows ready for lambing or calving and early weaning decisions.
Regional veterinarian Eliz Braddon said that as the dry conditions and cold weather persisted, it was a good time to review feeding requirements and to take stock of feed options.
“Our local staff, both district veterinarians and land services officers are keen to give that local district view of what is happening both now and coming up in the next few months, so farmers can make informed decisions feeding, animal health issues and managing pasture and ground cover,” she said.
LLS agronomist Geoff Minchin will talk about cropping conditions and dual purpose crops.
People interested in attending the event are asked to contact Geoff Minchin at Riverina Local Land Services on 0429 842 489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.