It was the rain farmers thought might never come. But over the weekend the region copped a drenching.
Farmers say it is not enough to break the drought but it certainly helps.
Brombin dairy farmers Leo and Sue Cleary received a glorious 175mm.
"It will allow us to plant a crop (sorghum) for winter/autumn feed to make silage," Mrs Cleary said.
"Things were getting very tight and so this has given us a bit more long-term vision.
"Feed is still quite difficult to source and still very expensive."
Mrs Cleary said they still need a "good few inches in the next week or so" because the hot weather is not over.
"The ground is very, very dry," she said.
Nearby, beef farmer Dennis Pelham at Koree Island, west of Wauchope, received 105mm.
"We won't have to look at dry dirt anymore," he joked.
Mr Pelham's property fronts 2.5km of the Hastings River near the council's pumping station and he had been very concerned about water levels.
While he is grateful for the downpour, like Mrs Cleary, he says it is not enough.
"We need three times as much," Mr Pelham said.
Long Flat farmer Chris Nelson described the 120mm of rain his farm received as "beautiful".
"It is definitely enough to start planting a crop," he enthused.
"It is way too wet to get on the ground now though, all the dams are still filling, there is runoff occurring.
"We haven't see these circumstances in a while."
Pappinbarra dairy farmer Mary Reynolds received 215mm of rain, more than half of what was received for the whole of last year.
"It has filled our dams and our beautiful creek, which is currently flowing above normal, which also means if it holds we will be able to irrigate for a while," she said.
"But at the moment the only feed growing is paspalum, kikuyu and a bit of chicory, so we need continued rain or it will be back to where we were."
But the amount of rain has caused problem for some farmers.
Vegetable farmers Rod and Desley Bailey at Upper Rollands Plains copped a whopping 200mm of rain.
"Although the rain was so desperately needed and the dam really needed filling, having so much rain all at once has also caused many of our crops such as lettuce, spring onions and zucchini to rot," Desley Bailey said.
"We don't complain because we know what the rain means to our neighbours who have been buying in feed for their dairy cows for months."
"As we look to the early part of this week, the main focus of the shower and storm activity is going to shift further inland on, and just west, of the ranges and further south in NSW," he said.
"There will be a drying trend for Port Macquarie for the first few days of the working week.
"This is due to the re-positioning of the trough that has been responsible for this good rainfall.
"Later in the week we could see a resurgence of showers and rainfall activity as that trough pushing back in a north-easterly direction."
Mr Brittain said more showers are predicted by Friday and into next weekend.
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