After three wet years in the far north east of South Australia, pastoralists are now back to battling dry conditions.
Pastoralists closer to Birdsville are destocking and are back to relying on bore water with surface water non- existent.
Tom McKay freights general goods to stations along the Birdsville Track and says the seasonal conditions have gone from one extreme to the other.
"If you get three good years I guess you've got to expect a few rough ones with it being so good for so long," he said.
"Water is the problem, all the big dams have gone dry and they've have all gone back onto bores.
"We've been carting a lot of poly pipe into that country in the last 12 months where they're trying to chase dry feed but that only lasts so long."
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17:34 EST The weather bureau's long-term forecast is predicting a drier than normal October to December for much of eastern Australia and north-west Western Australia.