The story of the Queensland drought is slowly shifting away from survival and towards revival.
Birdsville grazier Geoff Morton is ready to bring 1,500 head of cattle back to Roseberth Station after 91 millimetres of rain fell this month.
It is the best rainfall Mr Morton has seen since March 2012.
He says his operation isn’t out of the woods yet, but having enough feed to bring some cattle back to Roseberth is a promising start.
“I’m hopeful of bringing 1500 breeders back from one place, I think we’ll be able to handle those for the next 12 months given what I’ve got now,” he said.
“[It] is not going to be a profitable venture if that’s all we’re ever going to have but, you know, that’ll be $1,500 less that I have to pay agistment for and worry about.
“It’s a start, it’s a good start, but the drought isn’t over by any means.”
Cloncurry grazier Graham Curley is well on his way to recovery too.
He managed to keep most of his cattle on Bendigo Park, north of Cloncurry, and is hoping to sell them when the flood water recede.
“I’d like to have a few to sell but I won’t be able to get them out, there’s a big lake in front of the house,” he said.
“Where the prices are in the last few days I’d like to muster tomorrow but we can’t move them.”
However, not everyone is ready to bring cattle back or start selling them off again just yet.
Boulia grazier Kelsey Neilsen has managed to hang onto her breeder cattle for now, but is still waiting flooding rain over her country to make the next move.
“These few storms around give people hope but certainly we’re a long way from out of the woods,” he said.
“We need a traditional monsoon, wet season type event that isn’t just one [rainfall] event and gone.
“Unfortunately that’s been the case in this area for many years.”
(Source: ABC Rural, 19 January 2015)