Southern Rangelands property destocks due to dry conditions and wild dogsLucinda Jose, Tuesday April 22, 2014 - 10:09 EST
The tough combination of dry conditions and increasing numbers of wild dogs is taking its toll on small livestock producers in Western Australia's Southern Rangelands.
The Foulkes Taylor family have been running sheep at Yuin station since 1929, but last year they made the decision to destock the property.
Emma Foulkes Taylor says the country is the driest she has seen it in thirty years.
"It is actually really depressing to leave the lovely surrounds of the homestead garden and go out and look at the country."
"It just breaks your heart to see trees dying all over the place and there is nothing on the ground," she said.
The family are now picking up contracting work to make a living.
"We've had to diversify. We are what we call general contractors so we have a few machines and we are very fortunate to have the square kilometre array happening up the road, so we have been doing a bit of work for them and also we have branched into making concrete."
"I guess all small businesses are uncertain. The sandblasting place in Geraldton, they don't know where their next job is coming from either but yes it is worrying," she said.
© ABC 2014
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