Welcome rain, but not drought-breaking

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"IT'S been lovely but it's definitely not drought breaking."

Natasha Yarrington runs a dairy farm at Dollys Flat with her husband Rod and his parents Bob and Pat.

Their water reserves are down and she said it will take a lot of rain to restore it.

The two inches (50mm) over the weekend greened things up on their 600 acre property and she said they might get a little bit out of grass out of it.

Ideally they are hoping for about 100 to 150mm of rain to create run-off for their dams.

She explained the creek on their property runs better when the dams (of which they have between 15 and 20) are full.

They run about 200 cattle and are currently only milking about 120.

"It gets a bit stressful that the paddocks have no water... we just want rain."

Rod has worked on the farm his entire life and has never seen the dams as dry as they are now (only one has any water in it).

The couple is predicting by early next week they will be out of water.

They have no access to town water and rely solely on their dams and creeks.

If the hot weather conditions return, that recent rain will just evaporate.

"It makes it very stressful".

"We're watching the forecasts every day... we're pretty hopeful that we can strike it lucky and get more".

Natasha said they normally only buy grain for the dairy but they have not long bought a load of hay and they have another one coming in a couple of weeks.

"We have to at the moment to feed them something."

They are sourcing their hay from Victoria as there is none available in New South Wales (it has been sent to Queensland, which has been experiencing drought conditions for much longer).

It's an expensive exercise.

Natasha said that last week the price of freight was $310 a tonne. When they booked for more than cost had gone up to $350 a tonne - an additional $40 per tonne.

"When you are buying 20 tonnes of hay a few hundred dollars can make a huge difference.

"Because its getting harder people are wanting (the hay) more and more," she said.

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