There were plenty of smiles on the faces of farmers on Wednesday, when rain fell throughout the region.
From last Saturday to Wednesday afternoon, over 20 millimetres of rain was recorded at the Bathurst Airport according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The spell of rain is the biggest period of rainfall since the third week of October.
Sheep and cattle farmer Jim Seaman, who is based at Wyagdon on the Sofala Road, said the recent rainfall has been terrific.
“We’ve had about 10 to 12 millimetres of rain since Friday night. Most of that came on the Friday night,” he said in the early hours of Wednesday afternoon.
“This rain will help thicken the winter crops that are going into head.
“It’ll help spark on the lucerne flats for the hay making fellas as well.
“If it keeps raining in good intervals, it’ll be good. It’s not going ages like it was before and drying everything out.”
However, he’s hoping the recent rain can provide some run-off to fill his dams, to provide water for the 2000 sheep and 140 cattle on his property.
“We’re down on livestock numbers. We had some losses in winter but none can say they hadn’t,” he said.
“My oath [this is the worst drought I’ve experienced]. I was too young to remember the one back in 1982.
“We just need little spells of rain like this. That’ll help us get through summer and autumn, to send us nicely into winter.
“If we can get a few continual seasons of rain, we can recover stock-wise and financially.”
Mr Seaman has been farming for six years now, his mother and father farmed at the same property 30 years prior to that.
He is the fourth generation to work the land at Wyagdon.
Before Wednesday, 17 millimetres of rain had fallen in Bathurst throughout November.
In October, a decent fall of 50.4 millimetres, the most rain in one month since January, 2018.
Weatherzone.com.au is not forecasting any more rain in the next seven days.