New Zealand, Australia, Weather/Climate

Australian drought: Devastating impact of worst drought in living memory across New South Wales

Harry Taylor plays with the bones of dead livestock on his family farm. The worst drought ever recorded is sweeping large parts of in particular eastern Australia. The entire Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has been declared in drought after a drier-than-expected June and July.  The entire state of New South Wales is effectively, and now officially, drought-declared. There is virtually no fodder left for livestock. June and July have been much drier than expected, resulting in failing crops, water shortages and a diminishing supply of fodder to sustain stock, Australian Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said. “Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.” A farmer has shared a horrifying image of a standing kangaroo skeleton to demonstrate the devastating impact of the drought on wildlife. It’s not just those on the land who are feeling the pinch, however. Across the state, businesses in rural and regional centres are reporting a downturn in business as belts are tightened. Read more. And more

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