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CQ graziers waiting for rain again

Justin and Trudy Beaman were out at the Gracemere cattle sales looking to take half a dozen cattle home to their Kabra property.
Justin and Trudy Beaman were out at the Gracemere cattle sales looking to take half a dozen cattle home to their Kabra property. Zhanae Conway-Dodd

JUSTIN and Trudy Beaman have been living on the land now for 20 years.

So they know the ups and downs the weather can bring.

With not much rain around the Rockhampton area recently, farmers have felt the pinch but Justin said he and Trudy always had a plan to combat the dry.

The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook for the Rockhampton region shows more than 50mm of rain forecast between September and November.

"You get your good years and your bad years and you just have to try and manage it the best you can,” Justin said.

Bureau of Meteorology information shows the rainfall totals for Queensland over the past month.
Bureau of Meteorology information shows the rainfall totals for Queensland over the past month. BOM

"We feed a bit of lick out to them (the cattle) in the dry times. During the really bad times we will destock. We just sell everything we've got, but we will feed them and hold them as long as we can.”

The Kabra couple own a 60-acre block just outside of Rockhampton, where they run a fattening operation.

"I've been in cattle most of my life. My parents had a place out at Alpha and it's grown from there,” Justin said.

"We first got into it on our own when we bought a little block. We run whatever we buy. Mostly it is brahman and brahman cross.

"We just put a little bit of weight on them and bring them back and sell them.”

The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook for rainfall in CQ for September through to August.
The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook for rainfall in CQ for September through to August. BOM

Despite the lack of rain, Justin and his wife were out at the Gracemere Saleyards last Friday looking to take home half a dozen cows.

"We come out here when we're buying, which is probably three or four times a year,” Justin said.

"It just depends how often you've got to turn them over and the season.

"The weather is not too bad, I don't think it's gotten any worse or better. Up until the last three weeks at home there it has sort of really dried off. Before that it was looking really good.

"Now we just wait until it rains again,” he said.


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