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Waiting for rain in the long paddock

Lisa Herbert, Wednesday May 8, 2013 - 09:29 EST
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Nowendoc farmer Neville Hicks has been watching his mob on Liverpool Plains stock routes in north-west NSW since Christmas. - ABC

A farmer who has been grazing his cattle on a stock route for months on the Liverpool Plains in north-west NSW says he has little choice but to stay there .

Neville Hicks has properties at Nowendoc and Werris Creek but he's been holding watch over 250 bullocks, steers and cows in the long paddock of the Kamilaroi Highway near Breeza since Christmas.

He says he's having trouble off-loading his stock because the abattoirs are full and prices are low.

"We tried to book cattle into the abattoir but they're booked out. There's just not room because there's a lot of cattle going into there. You've got to book a fair way ahead.

"We're reluctant to book that far out at this stage."

Mr Hick's sold some older cows at the Gunnedah saleyards this week.

"We had to get rid of them with winter coming on. We had to take what we could get. It's better them letting them die in the paddock.

"We didn't much over 60 cents per kilo for them


- ABC

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