[5 September/ Radio NZ Rural]

Cheviot Farmer, Vince Daly said that although North Canterbury has had a good lambing season, it was still parched and there was not enough feed. Mr Daly said it had been a tough few years and this spring was looking no better. Mr Daly added that the only thing that could get farmers out of a hole was an unexpected northwest rain coming in through the Tasman, but they had only been going below or above North Canterbury so far. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research has identified a 55 percent change of La Nina conditions which would likely result in below normal soil moisture and river flow levels.