Farms flood as Victoria experiences heavy rainfall

Farms flood as Victoria experiences heavy rainfall

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PADDOCKS UNDER WATER: Angus breeder Margaret Hallyburton, Boiardo, Bookaar, received 72 millimetres between Thursday and Sunday.

PADDOCKS UNDER WATER: Angus breeder Margaret Hallyburton, Boiardo, Bookaar, received 72 millimetres between Thursday and Sunday.

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Falls of more than 100mm were recorded at the weekend.

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Dams on Margaret Hallyburton's farm in the state's west are overflowing after 72 millimetres of rain fell at the weekend.

Like many farmers, high rainfall totals have producers optimistic about the months ahead after falls of close to 100mm were recorded across parts of Victoria.

Paddocks at Mrs Hallyburton's 1860-hectare home block, Boiardo, remain under water after heavy rain started on Thursday and continued into the weekend.

"October is our make our break month but indicators are showing that we are in for a good spring," she said.

More than 480mm has fallen at Bookaar since the start of the year, including 231mm in April and May.

"You could drive around any of the paddock beforehand because June and July were so dry but now you'd want to be very careful where you go," Mrs Hallyburton said.

"We calve down about 900 calves twice a year - in autumn and winter - so the rain has come at the perfect time really because we've just finished calving."

CREEK IS 'PUMPING': Beef farmer Poppy McBain, Kennedys Creek, with dogs Clancy and Beth, says more than 100mm of rain fell at her farm near Simpson between Wednesday and Sunday.

CREEK IS 'PUMPING': Beef farmer Poppy McBain, Kennedys Creek, with dogs Clancy and Beth, says more than 100mm of rain fell at her farm near Simpson between Wednesday and Sunday.

At Kennedys Creek, first-generation beef producers Poppy McBain and Andrew Kelly received more than 115 millimetres from last Wednesday until Sunday night.

"We've been pretty lucky because we sowed down heaps of new pasture in the autumn so they had two months to establish before all this rain," Ms McBain said.

"This is our fourth winter on the farm so having been caught out once or twice before, we've tried not to repeat them and have reduced our stocking capacity so it doesn't turn into a quagmire."

Ms McBain said the nearby Kennedys Creek was "pumping" while most of the farm was soggy under foot.

Where the rain fell

Mount Donna Buang and Myrrhee in the state's north-east received the highest rainfall totals between Thursday and Friday, registering totals of 106.5mm and 90.8mm, respectively.

Coastal areas like Wilsons Prom (87.6mm) and Lorne on the Surf Coast (80.8mm) were the third and fourth wettest parts of the state.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Miriam Bradbury said isolated falls of betwen 40-60mm were recorded across Victoria on Saturday.

"Across the four-day period somewhere like Mortlake saw 30mm whereas Cape Otway had close to 50mm," Ms Bradbury said.

She said the low pressure system and cold fronts missed most of east Gippsland with 25.4mm recorded at Mallacoota and only 3.2mm at Orbost.

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