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Many of us are now dubious about rain forecasts, thinking "I'll believe it when I see it". As such, there is no certainty to whether these conditions will come to pass.
Let's hope that everyone gets the rain they want, but not enough to cause devastation.
1. If not too late, susceptible sheep could be treated with flystrike prevention now, particularly for body strike, which will be more likely under predicted high and prolonged rainfall. Drenching may be warranted under some conditions, see details below map.
2. Move livestock to safer locations:
The map above, from the Bureau of Meteorology, shows a total forecast rainfall for the period 4th to 11th February. Click this map to go to the live BOM page where you can choose a number of options to be displayed.
A year ago, in northern Queensland, heavy stock losses occurred with continuous rain. Many died from exposure.
Where possible, choose flood-free areas with trees, shelter belts or undulating country to limit the effects of wind, rain and lowered temperature.
The immediate risk will be stock lost in floods and from exposure, followed shortly by body strike if sheep are wet from heavy rain events and continued rainfall prevents fleeces from drying out. Worms will follow grass growth.
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