Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Graziers Rejoice in Rain

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Graziers Rejoice in Rain

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Byline: Amber Hooker


24-hour weather observations as of 9am Monday, June 20 (Bureau of Meteorology data):

Rockhampton: 64.8mm, which eased about 10.24pm. Gusts through the night of 17kmh, with the strongest 43kmh at 11.47am Sunday. Gusts eased up to 17kmh late Sunday night between 10.24pm-11pm.

Yeppoon: 47.8mm, eased at 47.6mm at 12am yesterday. Strongest gusts were at 1.30pm Sunday at 28kmh.

Biloela: 26.2mm total, eased up at 25mm by 7.30pm Sunday, with only 1.2mm falling through the night. Strongest gust recorded 11.30am Sunday at 39kmh.

Blackwater: 27.6mm, with rain easing at 27.2mm by 3pm yesterday. Gusts picked up at 9am yesterday morning at 26kmh.

Clermont experienced heavy rainfall Sunday morning with 37.8mm falling between 3.30am and 9am, but only 5.4mm had fallen by 9am yesterday.

Emerald: 12.4mm at 9am yesterday, compared to 45.4mm as at 9am Sunday.

Moranbah: 13.4mm, with the highest gusts of 26kmh at 9am yesterday.

Rolleston: 12mm, with the strongest gust was 30kmh at 12pm Sunday.

Springsure: 9mm as at 9am yesterday, compared to 49mm Sunday morning.

Rain has eased up in the west, with only 0.2mm falling between 9am and 3pm yesterday in Barcaldine.

42mm fell in Blackall on Sunday, easing to 9mm by 3pm yesterday.

Isisford received a whopping 88mm 24-hour rainfall as at 9am Sunday.

Longreach only recorded 0.2mm compared to 33.2mm as at 9am Sunday.

Winton: 0.2mm.

RAINFALL across Central Queensland has renewed hope for the cattle industry, especially those in the grips of drought.

Cattle Council of Australia president Howard Smith said quenched pastures and warm temperatures had seen a growth in winter crops and pastures, offering producers the option to restock or hold their cattle.

He said with the demand for breeders on the rise, cattle prices were following suit; sitting at a hefty 619.25c/kg cwt.

"The country has responded, particularly this time of year, it is getting late in the season, but I think the ground temperatures were warm enough that we have had some growth in our pastures," Mr Smith said. …

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