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State slips closer to drought

Monday January 14, 2013 - 07:21 EDT

Conditions in almost three quarters of New South Wales have slipped closer to drought.

Figures from the Department of Primary Industries shows 73 per cent is classified marginal which is an increase of about 26 per cent from last month.

The Central North and Western districts have been downgraded from satisfactory and more of the Central West and Lachlan areas have also moved closer to drought.

The Chairman of the Darling Livestock Health and Pest Authority Robert Wayson says farmers are now having to find feed for their livestock.

"There's quite a big body of dry feed, but it's a protein drought there's no goodness in the feed at all," he said.

"People in the LHPA here, there's quite a few people supplementary feeding and putting out lick blocks and a few starting to feed grain and cotton seed and a few other things."

Mr Wayson says water is also becoming scarce.

"A lot of them are on ground water especially the southern part and probably the eastern part of the board there, Cobar and a lot to the Brewarrina area are all ground tanks and there hasn't been any run off now since the middle of July."


© ABC 2013

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