AUSTRALIA’S cattle farmers are being forced to relocate to new, less-favourable, areas due to the drought.
In Adelaide, the situation is worse than it was when the state had its drought first declared in 2016.
It is the second time in as many years that drought has impacted Australian cattle.
Drought is the worst in the state, and a drought can cause extreme weather and damage crops.
More than 80 per cent of South Australia’s cattle herd is now in drought, which means it is impossible for any individual farmer to grow enough food to feed their cattle.
The situation is so bad that many ranchers are moving to new areas in an effort to stay afloat.
“If it rains for five or 10 days a week, you can’t sell your cattle,” one rancher told ABC Radio Adelaide.
The state government has set up a national centre to help ranchers with the problem.
South Australian Agriculture Minister Greg Hunt says there is “no doubt” the drought is “devastating”.
“The conditions in our state are very difficult,” he said.
Hunt says the drought will continue until there is a new national drought declaration, and the state is “on course” to meet its target.
He says the state will have a “drought recovery plan” in place by the end of the year.
But farmers say the drought and the threat of drought have already forced them to move.
Farmers are moving as the state struggles to meet the state’s new drought target.
Topics:agriculture,rural-development,cattle,dry-season,drought,australiaFirst posted January 08, 2019 15:33:33Contact Adam Smith