The weather has a huge impact on a fish fish; water is the lifeblood of our business. Our farm holds 40 million cubic meters of water and we welcome winter rainfall that will top-up the aquifers and provide us with our borehole biosecure water.
However, extreme weather conditions and torrential rainfall are becoming an occupational hazard. Flooding damages the banks and raises the potential risk of fish escapees.
To protect the stock and the ‘wild’ environment our banks are 2 meters higher than the stream level. So far they have not been breached but our culverts that divert the water around the edges of the farm are running to full capacity.
So long as the rain falls in cycles and there is some respite every 24 hours we seem to cope. Time will tell.