Staying positive through drought

Western producers seek follow-up rain


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THE INCOMING STORM: 18-month-old Francesca Hick, Antrim Station, south of Hughenden. Photo by Lindy Hick Photography.

THE INCOMING STORM: 18-month-old Francesca Hick, Antrim Station, south of Hughenden. Photo by Lindy Hick Photography.

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Landholders lucky enough to score some decent falls in the last rain event say everything hinges on follow-up.

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Hughenden’s Lindy and Tony Hick are well trained in the art of positive thinking.

After six years of drought, the couple say they don’t have the luxury of letting the little things get them down.

“Certainly there are times when we get down but we always try to err on the positive side,” Lindy said.

The Hick family normally run up to 1500 breeders on their beef property, Antrim Station, 90km south of Hughenden, but currently only have just 200 head on hand.

They received about 70mm of rain over the weekend, bringing their total for 2018 so far to 90mm.

Lindy said it was beautiful to see the rain but said it wasn’t enough to make a dramatic difference.

“Unless we get more rain it doesn’t really help. It just means we can hold the few stock we do have for a little longer,” she said. 

Lindy said the ongoing drought was one of the reasons she launched her own photography business last year.

“When you look through a lens you are just looking for the best shot – you don’t see all the dry paddocks and the negative stuff,” she said.

“When I first started the business I think my friends supported me, just to give me a go, but I’ve started to find my feet and have been doing sessions around Hughenden and Richmond.

“I have a few weddings booked in now too which is great.

“My husband has also taken on some outside work. We are both doing different things and I see that as a positive of the drought.”

- Penelope Arthur 

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