Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘Australia doesn’t realise’: worsening drought pushes farmers to the brink

In the south-west corner of NSW’s Liverpool plains, in an area called Bundella, farmer Megan Kuhn runs beef cattle and merino sheep with her husband, Martin.
 The Liverpool plains have suffered seven years of
below-average rainfall, leaving farmers few options
.
They have 400 breeding cows that will calve in six weeks. Shortly, 89 of those cows will leave the property, sold to an abattoir because the cost of feeding the animals during drought has become too great.

“There is nowhere to send them to pasture so they are going to be slaughtered,” Kuhn says.

“We’re killing a cow and a calf at this late stage of pregnancy. The drought is so widespread there’s just no options left for stock producers to put them anywhere. That’s why it’s so heartbreaking.


Read the story by Lisa Cox from The Guardian - “‘Australia doesn’t realise’: worsening drought pushes farmers to the brink.”

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