Jason Leadbeatter 10, Maddie Roberts 10, and Steph Mitchell 7, enjoy the rain at Lismore Cattle Sales.
Jason Leadbeatter 10, Maddie Roberts 10, and Steph Mitchell 7, enjoy the rain at Lismore Cattle Sales. Blainey Woodham

Farmers welcome rains

THE Northern Rivers is getting lashed by torrential rain and businesses are taking it in their stride.

Local cattle farmer John Mansfield said it hadn't affected the local cattle industry yet.

"We need the rain, actually. It was starting to get a bit dried out for a while. A lot of my cattle were starting to burn up," he said. "Another couple of inches won't hurt, as long as it doesn't keep going for another couple of weeks."

Mr Mansfield said too much rain could cause flooding on the lower flats and temporarily disrupt the flow of cattle to the markets.

More rain is forecast for the region in coming days.

Ballina Fair cinemas manager Paul McGrath welcomed the downpour.

"We've had a few extra people coming in," he said.

Wet conditions also kept emergency services busy. A truck rolled on Kyogle Rd and a car rolled on Boat Harbour Rd yesterday. The truck driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries and the car's occupants escaped unscathed.



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