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Parched graziers consider 'off-loading' cattle

Monday February 4, 2013 - 13:29 EDT

A year after record flooding in Mitchell, graziers near the southern inland town are now considering their options as dry weather begins to bite.

It is a year since a record flood in the Maranoa River inundated about 80 per cent of Mitchell.

Grazier Grant Maudsley says while most graziers along the river have recovered from the flooding, it is now a lack of rain and feed on their properties which is forcing some to off-load stock.

"I know it is a long way to winter yet and we've got a long way to go but it is looking at bit lean at this stage," he said.

"If you've got prime cattle, it's probably not going to be too bad for those people but store cattle you are just going to have to meet the market unfortunately, it is just the way it is.

"There still is a lot of feed, a lot of dry feed in places, not a real good quality.

"There are isolated patches that are good with good feed and then it's patchy and then it's poor, it's really bad in places yes.

"Some people have a couple of inches in December but generally it has been very ordinary.

"So it is looking a bit lean at this stage.

"Everyone is on the look, talking to a neighbour yesterday - they are going to be off-loading some cattle.

"Everyone is at that point where they have to make some decisions ... there is no body of green feed like you would normally see at this time of year, there's no blowing pasture or waving pasture - put it that way."


© ABC 2013

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