Some farmers in the region have had their best rain in two months.
Official falls over the weekend recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology ranged from about 10 millimetres at Orange to less than two at Dubbo and further west.
Stewart Macoun runs cattle with his brother, 20 kilometres south west of Peak Hill, and says he has only had five millimetres since mid September.
He says the rain has meant he has been able to roll-up 200 bales of hay over the weekend.
"Friday night we had four mills," he said.
"It made a big difference.
"It was looking for like the last fortnight rain for baling hay, it's just that dry for so long.
"We've had problems at times to even finish off paddocks, we had to wet the windrows to bale it with the fire fighting unit."
Official figures recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology to 5:00am (AEDT) this morning include 36 millimetres at the Bonnie Doon gauge at Molong, 21 at Taralga, 15 at Parkes, and 12 at Ben Bullen.
Nine millimetres has fallen at Cowra, four at Forbes and three at Mudgee.
Mr Macoun is hoping the forecast of more rain in coming days is right.
"We've got dry feed but we'd like to see the summer grass start off so we've have feed after Christmas," he said.
"A lot of native grasses will respond to 10 mills of rain or greater.
"If we get them going it would help."
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