Limited rainfall during what is traditionally the wettest time of year is expected to make life difficult for Top End cattle producers.
Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association executive director Luke Bowen says a dry wet season this year has resulted in a lack of feed for cattle because pastures have not grown.
He says that unless good rainfall is recorded soon, producers may have to look at alternative feed options for their stock.
"This is the time when we expect most of our rainfall," he said.
"It's the time when the grass does grow and it's the feed that provides the income for the rest of the year, provides nutrition for the cattle and for them to reproduce and keep the system turning over.
"It's a critical part of our northern production system."
He says the dry weather comes on top of already tough times.
"People are under quite a bit of pressure; businesses, families and some of these regional communities and economies are under a lot of pressure," he said.
"It is going to be a difficult year and I think that some of the challenges of the trade are certainly contributing to that level of concern."