Christmas rainfall just what farmers ordered

Last updated 12:00 26/12/2013

HUNGRY: Cows in the Manawatu enjoy the flavours of grass for their Christmas feast.

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Manawatu farmers got the Christmas present they were after - rain.

Showers around the region this week are follow-up moisture for crops and pasture that farmers needed.

It is now a third of the way into summer and the showers have washed away any thought of another drought.

"The guy in the big red suit has delivered farmers the best present - widespread rain," said Federated Farmers adverse events spokeswoman Katie Milne.

"Aside from essential jobs on-farm, a few days weather-enforced relaxation with family is the best way to recharge the batteries.

"I admit what's good for us farmers may not be great for those in a tent, but every raindrop pushes back the prospect of drought."

Ms Milne said policy signals on water storage were changing and farmers were seeing regions such as Hawke's Bay take the initiative to make them a more climate resilient community. "It also seems that Niwa's early to mid-summer outlook is bang on target," she said.

"Niwa forecast rainfall to be most likely normal or near to normal for most parts of New Zealand and that's what's being delivered."

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