Australia's Drought-Hit Farms 'in Survival Mode'

Danny Stork, a livestock farmer in Glen Oak, 180 km (110 miles)north of Sydney, has 20 bales of hay left for his 100 head of cattle. He is now feeding them light rations in the hope the winter drought breaks. If it doesn't - and weather forecasts suggest it won't - he will run out of feed and water within weeks, leaving him little option but to send his livestock to the abattoir. "The dams are dry after months of little rain - we are in survival mode, hoping for a break," said Stork. "If it doesn't (rain), I will have to sell all the livestock, it is that serious." The drought in Australia's east, one of the worst on record, is impacting every area of rural life, often with global trade and price implications. Already many cattle graziers are being forced to sell stock they can no longer feed....


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