Keri-Keri’s average annual rainfall is meant to be 325mm. However the last few years rainfalls have only been:
|2007||271.25 mm, with 105mm of this falling by March 07 ] not in the winter|
|As at 30.7.08||85.5 mm, with 29 mm of this falling in January 08 ] growing period|
Like much of Australia, the entire district is still suffering poor seasonal conditions
Keri-Keri is 60,000 acres in area and an intricate channel and dam system provide stock with their drinking water in a dry, hot & arid climate.
Many of Keri-Keri’s clients come from similar harsh climates. In a drought, dust storms are common. The reason we place so much emphasis on survival ability in our sheep is because many of our clients’ sheep also have to endure frequent and prolonged drought on isolated outback stations. Of necessity sheep on these large properties receive little handling, and Keri-Keri blood sheep have the characteristic of being able to look after themselves. At the other end of the climatic scale, Keri-Keri blood sheep are thriving in Argentina, where freezing conditions, cold and snow are common to their climate
The long last effects of drought can be seen here.
Even after good autumn and reasonable winter rains this paddock in the middle of Keri-Keri is still showing the devastation of drought.
Dust Storm approaching Keri-Keri homestead
Some days are long, hot & dusty for a working dog here.
“Molly” from Elfinvale kelpies working in the Hay Plains heat 2008. For enquiries on Elfinvale Kelpies contact John Austin 0408 758 241.