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Heavy rain in the Kimberley won't impact mustering: pastoralist

Olivia Garnett, Monday May 20, 2013 - 17:56 EST
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About 144 millimetres of rain fell on Anna Plains station overnight - ABC

A Kimberley pastoralist says the recent rainfall is very unusual for this time of year given it's meant to be the dry season.

David Stoate from Anna Plains station, south-west of Broome, recorded 144 millimetres in the last 24-hours but he says it shouldn't hold up mustering.

"You don't expect that sort of rain in the dry season; I think it's a record for May for Anna Plains."

"It shouldn't interrupt mustering, the typography of Anna Plains means after a few days things go back to normal pretty much so we should still be able to get around in a couple of days and keep going with the mustering."

Mr Stoate says he's more concerned about live export markets than unpredictable weather.

The head of the Australia Livestock Exporters' Council Alison Penfold met with cattle producers in northern Queensland today.

Ms Penfold says developing new markets has never been more critical for the cattle industry, as the loss of Indonesian imports continues to bite hard in northern Australia.

"We are working very hard as an industry to identify new markets through Asia and as soon as they can come online our exporters will be out there talking with producers about those opportunities."

Mr Stoate says the lack of reliable markets is a huge concern for the cattle industry in the north.

"We certainly need to diversify markets as much as we can as well as rebuild that relationship with Indonesia."

"Prices for beef have gone very high in Indonesia so we hoped that would flow-on to increased demand for Australian cattle to rectify that situation, that hasn't happened yet, at government level at least, so we just hope it'll happen as soon as possible."


- ABC

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