Landholders across much of New South Wales are counting their blessings after widespread rain relieved what has been an unusually warm and dry spring.

But the blessings are mixed, with falls varying from as much as 120 millimetres in parts of the central west to a mere eight millimetres at Lightning Ridge, in the north-west.

There's not much relief for western graziers who've been hand-feeding sheep and cattle for months, but other farmers, like Lake Cargelligo's Peter McFadyen, are jubilant.

"Fifty beautiful mils of rain - unbelievable, the crops were starting to struggle a bit, not so much the barley crops but the wheat crops that were on stubble were starting to struggle a bit for moisture," he said.

"But this rain is unbelievable. We basically got ours in a storm here about 3 o'clock this afternoon."

Farmers on the southern tablelands of New South Wales say the rain couldn't have come at a better time.

Rainfall totals in the region have ranged from 40 to 70 millimetres since Friday.

Some farmers ran out of feed after a late autumn break and an unseasonably warm winter.

Sheep grazier Guy Milson, from Goulburn, says his paddocks are looking lovely and green.

"This may not be the last rain we'll get and the situation looks pretty good for September," he said.

"We've got nice green paddocks, the crops are growing.

"It looks as though we'll get some hay off and overall I think people will be running around with smiles today."

Anne Rolfe grazes beef cattle and sheep at Nerriga on the southern tablelands.

She's had a similar amount of rain and says it's eased concern about fire outbreaks in the area.

"Where we're situated there's a lot of park and timber country, so we are living on edge at the moment. With the way the forecast had predicted it was going to turn drier for us than wetter," she said.

"We've actually had a couple of fires of late within the area. They could've turned bad."

"We were very fortunate to have dozers and things to get around it, so it didn't get away."


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