Andrew and Maree King, of Silverwood Organics.
Andrew and Maree King, of Silverwood Organics. Contributed

Too long without good rain for Central West region

DESPITE some rain around Rockhampton and Yeppoon, other areas in Queensland are still praying for decent falls.

Some in the Central West region haven't seen good rain for years.

Andrew and Maree King are among the producers who have been hit hard by the drought.

Based on a property south-west of Longreach, the pair ran Silverwood Organics and specialised in delivering lamb from farm gate to front doors in Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Maree said they received about 13mm from a storm roughly two weeks ago, but any falls had been "very, very scattered" across the district.

The lack of rain has forced Andrew and Maree to completely de-stock, with the last up for sale this week.

"We're not willing to risk hand feeding them because we don't know when it's going to rain," Maree said.

Andrew is the fourth generation of his family to work on the property.

"It's the first time we've been completely de-stocked …. Andrew's father (who is in his 80s) says he can't remember the whole district being this bad" she said.

Maree said while they had been lucky to see a storm or two with some rain, they hadn't seen decent falls and follow-up rain for 18 months to two years.

"There are other people in the district who are so much worse than us who haven't had any rain for three years."

Unfortunately selling their stock has meant Andrew and Maree have had to pause their online lamb business, which was popular in Brisbane over the last six years.

Maree said the drought wasn't just hurting producers, with everyone in the district feeling its effects.



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