Farmer loses nine cattle from a single lighting strike costing him $18,000 as 110mm deluge smashes Queensland
- The grazier heard a loud noise that tripped a circuit breaker on his fridge
- But the damage was far worse than just some groceries possibly going off
- Nine cattle were probably close together when the lightning struck them
A farmer has lost $18,000 worth of livestock after a lightning strike on his property killed nine cattle.
John Ellrott watched carefully for lightning strikes and grass fires from a hill during last Monday’s storm before going to his home a couple of kilometres away when it got dark.
Once inside, the grazier heard a loud bang and a circuit breaker suddenly tripped on his fridge.
But the damage was far worse than some groceries possibly going off.
Grazier John Ellrott found nine dead cattle on his central Queensland property after a lightning strike
The next afternoon, he found the dead animals on his farm in Morinish, near Rockhampton in central Queensland.
He told the Courier Mail the same lighting strike he heard at nightfall probably also killed his cattle.
‘It’s not a nice thing to happen,’ he said. ‘You have losses with livestock, whether it’s dingoes or something else.
‘You could expect to lose one or two with lightning, but not nine, that’s a bit rough.’
Mr Ellrott lives on a massive 7,285ha property and has about 2,200 Braford cattle.
He thinks the nine cattle he lost were close together when the lightning struck, killing all of them at once.
Despite the loss and the almost 110mm of rain in the past week, Mr Ellrott would like some more as there has been very little since Christmas.
He said there had been no wet season in the area.
John Ellrott lives on a massive 7,285ha property in Morinish, near Rockhampton in central Queensland
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