WHEN you hail from the traprock country, chances are you haven't spent a lifetime wearing mud boots.
So when Rod Johnson, originally from west of Stanthorpe, talks about the season being "too wet", his peers listen.
These days, the personable stockman lives on Uranda, near Liston, and he reckons he's had too much rain.
"I don't know exactly how much we have had; I stopped measuring it weeks ago," Mr Johnson said.
"I think our average is about 30 inches and we're right up there this season."
The local landholder was recently at the weekly Warwick sheep sale, where he'd offloaded a pen of nine-month-old dorper cross lambs, tipping the scales at 45.7kg.
The well finished lambs made $98 and sold to local butchers.
He's lived up in the "green country" for a little more than a decade, after a working lifetime spent mostly on the western side of the Granite Belt.
"I worked on Pikedale station for 16 years and then managed it for four," Mr Johnson said.
"Then I leased country, McCloud Lodge, closer to Glenlyon Dam and ran merinos until the drought really took hold."
He admits he has seen enough dry years to not be too overly bothered by weeks of rain.
These days, he runs a primarily dorset flock with dorper rams and he said meat sheep were distinctly different from the hardy merinos of his past.
"Even in the drought, if you made sure they had water, those merino wethers were tough and they'd survive," Mr Johnson said.
"Meat sheep like a bit more attention."
But he said regardless of the type of sheep, landholders remained market price takers.
"Agriculture is the only sector that can't even begin to set the price. If you deal in livestock, you take what you can get."
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