Heavy rainfall over the Christmas and New Year period has transformed many parts of the Red Centre into a sea of green.
At Old Man Plains Research Station, just south of Alice Springs, the 60 to 80 mm fall in December arrived after a very good year of rain.
Station manager Bryan Gill said it's the best year they've had in the last ten.
"We had rain every month last year and it doesn't get much better than this."
As a result of the greenery, cattle on the station are in very good shape, and Mr Gill said even though they are a research station, they still benefit from high cattle prices.
"The prices are phenomenal, I don't know how abattoirs and butchers are making money these days because there's huge money for cattle at the moment and it's a great thing."
Mr Gill said the rain has also meant good news for the station's ongoing grazing system trial.
"That's the long term grazing capacity of the country, it's working fine now because we're getting lots of rain…we shouldn't get a real crunch, the levels should be set to carry us right through any dry time- depending on how long it goes for obviously."
Although the wet weather was welcomed, Mr Gill said it did wreak havoc with mustering.
"It did mess our muster up in December, we had to extend it a little bit but we got through and got it all completed."
The station is now getting ready to muster cattle again, in order to sell to abattoirs in April.
Local cattle investment
Mr Gill said this year will be the first time the station has sold locally bought cattle to add to the Droughtmaster herd.
"Last few years we've been buying some local cattle to be a bit of an indicator on what's going on when they go to the abattoirs.
"We're purchasing British breed cattle, we got some Black Angus from down on the South Australian border… they'll be going away with ours in a few months.
"Last year we got some Undoolya steers, some Herefords and we're looking some other British cattle to put in with ours.
"They should go pretty well…they'll probably outshine ours, but that's OK, we don't mind that."
Mr Gill said they would like to try and purchase local cattle each year.
"It's an indicator on what's going on compared with our cattle."
Good cattle grading
Even though the property is a functioning research station, Mr Gill said obtaining MSA (Meat Standards Australia) grading and ensuring good quality cattle was important.
"It's like a benchmark for the industry, a lot of cattle properties don't get to send a lot of their cattle direct to slaughter, so they're not getting the feedback from the abattoirs.
"They're not seeing what their animals can do."
For this reason, they are continually monitoring the cattle, through dung samples.
They collect ten samples, mix them together, and send a combined sample away for testing.
"We try and take some samples every month from them, we get that analysed, it gives us the protein in the dung, the digestibility, and how the animal's travelling, whether they're putting on weight, things like that.
"We can also tell if they need supplementation, they obviously wouldn't now though as the grass is so green."ABC