Floods tipped to boost beef industryBy Maria Hatzakis, Wednesday January 30, 2013 - 15:52 EDT
Rural lobby group AgForce says there could be a silver lining to Queensland's floods for cattle producers.
Graziers have been struggling with dry conditions across much of the state.
AgForce cattle president Howard Smith says the floods should provide long-term benefits.
"There's been obviously a lot of infrastructure damage and there will be some livestock loss, I guess the silver lining is that what we were facing prior to this rainfall event was pretty dire as far as most of the state was in serious condition as far as livestock and cropping," he said.
"I guess you could never manage it to what you'd like but the alternative wasn't worth thinking about, but you know in saying that, there will be people severely impacted but it has been beneficial for the beef industry long-term."
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