Drought conditions worsen, hay travels furtherNikolai Beilharz, Thursday January 30, 2014 - 14:36 EDT
As dry conditions in Queensland continue, graziers are looking further and further afield to keep their stock alive.
In some instances, hay is being trucked more than a thousand kilometres to Queensland from as far away as South Australia.
Darren Keating, executive officer of the Australian Fodder Industry Association, says farmers are looking at alternate feed types, or are putting up the extra money for freight.
"In times of drought, we often see hay moving long distances," he said.
"It's a very portable product, it's easily transported, it's just that the costs of doing so really start to stack up.
"But given the long drought they've had up there, people are getting desperate to try and find a fodder that will do the job they want it to, so that's probably why they're looking further afield."
© ABC 2014
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