Southern Tablelands sheep farmers fear droughtLucy Barbour, Wednesday May 8, 2013 - 10:52 EST
Some sheep farmers on the Southern Tablelands of NSW say they're experiencing their driest conditions in 30 years.
Most graziers are buying in supplementary feed for their animals and also trying to sell off stock.
Sheep farmer Ron Chudleigh, from Yass, says he's convinced the area is in drought.
"It's bare and dusty, very similar to the 1982 drought we went through," he said.
"We've only had 80 millimetres of rain for the year.
"There's a lot of dams pretty well dry and they're not dropping as much as they were, because it's cooling off but it's in a pretty critical stage at the moment."
© ABC 2013
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