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Rain falls but fails to grow grass in north-western Queensland

Rain falls but fails to grow grass in north-western Queensland

The western Queensland cattle industry is looking for answers after frequent and non-damaging rain this moist season has failed to grow grass in immense aspects of the dwelling.

Key points:

  • Favorite rain in north-western Queensland has failed to homicide grass grow, causing scream among graziers
  • Flinders Shire mayor and grazier Jane McNamara has asked the Department of Agriculture to attempt to diagnose the scream
  • Grazier Peter Hall says the scream is frequent among western Queensland properties

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A scare mosey of seasons has plagued the gap, with years of drought adopted by floods in 2019 that killed 500,000 head of livestock.

While the rain this year has been patchy, and a few areas beget overlooked out, the final traits were the closest to a “customary” moist season in years.

Flinders Shire mayor and grazier Jane McNamara said on immense aspects of her property, south of Hughenden, the greenery did now not apply the rain.

“The main response is pretty bit under boring prickle bushes and alongside the creek where there is been a flood. Assorted than that, there is no doubt no longer diverse response in any admire.

“It be no longer licensed the grasses — it is the weeds as effectively.”

Green grass under a rainbow

Some locations in north-west Queensland beget grown grass, but immense aspects beget no longer answered to rain.(

Equipped: Liz Hassett


Looking for answers

A Facebook publish by a grazier in Julia Creek generated diverse discussion with other landholders experiencing the identical points.

But few answers got to the scream and Cr McNamara said she had contacted extension officers from the Queensland Department of Agriculture to gawk if they’ll also investigate.

“We offer out abet records of the stock and we decide photographic records of the growth,” she said.

A identical occasion closing year drew some hypothesis that it was as soon as linked to the 2019 floods, where two years of rain fell in one week.

But Cloncurry and Julia Creek grazier Peter Hall suspected the 2 events were unrelated.

“I mean, it was as soon as very moist, but it wasn’t under water,” Mr Hall said.

“But any country that had that apply-up rain after that flood occasion all of it grew grass.

A brown landscape sits beneath a vivid blue sky, with a few green patches of grass remaining.

Few patches of grass remain after grasshoppers destroyed pasture at Darr River Downs shut to Longreach. Assorted locations beget no longer grown grass in any admire.(

ABC Western Queensland: Craig Fitzsimmons


‘A little bit of admire the buffel dieback’

Mr Hall said the failure of paddocks to thrive was as soon as a “phenomenon”.

“Some areas are growing the Mitchell grass, other areas are as boring as anything.”

Mr Hall said he was as soon as planning to wait earlier than putting too many resources into sorting out the scream.

“I’ve potentially bought to wait till I rep a broad occasion again and if nothing occurs after that, effectively, that’s in the occasion you would possibly open the testing,” he said.

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Rain falls but fails to grow grass in north-western Queensland