Drought creeps south in New South WalesLucy Barbour, Tuesday January 28, 2014 - 11:52 EDT
Farmers in New South Wales say the drought is creeping into the state's southern regions.
Producers on the southern tablelands and south-west slopes say they've been experiencing drought conditions since the end of spring.
Grain grower Tony Flanery, from Galong on the south-west slopes, says there's barely any subsoil moisture left for this year's crops.
"Most of the dams are dry," he said.
"About two or three weeks ago we were fencing off the last of the dams that had water in them, so down to bores now.
"We don't rely heavily on the creeks, but yeah, pretty well relying on bores, which is always, you know, heart in your mouth."
District vet with the south-east Local Land Services in Goulburn, Bill Johnson, says he hasn't heard of many stock losses due to dry conditions.
"Producers are pretty much on the front foot," he said.
"You look at the stock yardings in centres like Goulburn and Carcoar over the last few weeks or certainly even the last couple of months, (they're) much higher than normal (with) people offloading stock that perhaps they would've held onto for another few months."
© ABC 2014
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