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Drought Situation Improves for Much of Australia

06 January 2015

AUSTRALIA – Many of Australia’s key stocking areas got some welcome respite from prolonged dry weather to end 2014 in December with ‘above average’ rainfall for much of the region.

Feed conditions have started an “improvement” in feed conditions, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Some parts of Queensland reported ‘very much above average’ precipitation, with Victoria and the eastern half of New South Wales measuring similar volumes.

This was the case across the entire Northern Territory and northern Western Australia, although southern Western Australian recorded ‘below average’ rainfall which, along with western Victoria, were the only two livestock producing regions to do so.

More rainfall is required, given soil moisture deficits. Eastern states slaughter will be monitored closely to gauge the impact of rainfall on producer turn-off intentions, added the MLA.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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