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Rain halts mustering as dust turns to mud

Lauren Fitzgerald, Wednesday April 9, 2014 - 10:57 EST
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Heavy rain is still falling over some parts of Central Australia. - ABC

Continuing rain means that some Central Australian cattle stations, that were in the grip of drought, are holding on to their cattle for longer.

A has been in place for the western Alice Springs District since Monday.

But the rain is falling further east as well, turning the dust to mud.

Angus McKay, from Umbeara Station, about 270 kilometres south of Alice Springs, says most of the smaller rivers on his property have started to flow.

He says they will have to stay off the roads for at least a few days.

"We were ready to start cattle work this week, we were supposed to start getting cattle and calves together for sale," he said.

"But that will be all off now for at least a month or six weeks, we've just got time on our side now.

"The cattle will still have to be sold, but the markets are only going to improve slightly and with the rain over in Queensland and NSW it can only get better."

Mr McKay says the rainfall has been significant.

"We haven't had any decent rain since March 2012. We've had bits of winter rain but nothing that grew any good pasture."

He says it has been a positive change for the region.

"It lifts (moods) up, everyone's attitudes have changed pretty quick."


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