The predicted rain is critical for Kingaroy's biggest winery, Kingsley Grove.
The predicted rain is critical for Kingaroy's biggest winery, Kingsley Grove. Helen Spelitis

Raining relief

CATTLE farmer Bryan Blanch woke up to the "beautiful" sound of rain hitting the tin roof on Saturday morning.

When it started raining between 6 and 7pm on Friday farmers across the South Burnett held their breath hoping the forecasts wouldn't disappoint.

For four months Mr Blanch has been buying grain and hay to keep his herd alive at a cost of more than $15,000 and the 44mm that fell across his two farms was a welcome relief.

"Saturday morning was just beautiful," Mr Blanch said.

"There's nothing like the sound of rain on the tin roof when you are in drought."

He said so far this year he had only measured 275mm in his rain gauge.

"We had five inches (about 125mm) in March and three out of four of the dams were empty," Mr Blanch said.

"But now there is a bit of water in them so it was at just the right time."

Out at Kingsley Grove Winery, Simon Berry was desperate for rain and timing was crucial.

Like many others, the dams were near empty and Mr Berry said the 64mm that fell over the winery was a good start, but he was counting on more.

"If we get follow-up rain it will be happy days," Mr Berry said.

"It was a great start but not enough to make a real impact.

"Anything from 50mm to 100mm more this week would be awesome."

About 100mm more is forecast for the South Burnett in the next eight days.

Who got rain?

Dennis Christie 46mm in Yarraman

Kathryn Spencer 92mm at Wondai

Barbara Brown 60mm at Wooroolin

Jodi Kissick Northcott 91mm at Haly Creek

Leanne Driver Ellesmere 75mm

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