NSW declared 100 per cent in drought

Heidi Taylor 7 kicks up dust on the family farm outside Coonabarabran in New South Wales

The stunning footage, shot with a drone, comes as 100 per cent of NSW is declared drought-affected, and there is no end in sight to the worst big dry in Australia for decades.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said farmers were enduring one of the driest Southern Hemisphere winters on record. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said that nationally, it was the driest July in Australia since 2002.

According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, 61 per cent of NSW is either in drought or intense drought, while almost 39 per cent is drought affected.

On Sunday, Malcolm Turnbull announced extra cash payments of up to $12,000 for drought-stricken farmers through the allowance.

But the problem is not confined to NSW - more than half of neighbouring Queensland is in drought. But the drought conditions in New South Wales state this year have been the driest and most widespread since 1965. The lack of food for animals has resulted in farmers being forced to ship in grain or hay from other parts of the country to keep sheep and cattle alive, spending thousands of extra dollars each week just to get by, while others have had to shoot starving animals.

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"Many farmers are taking livestock off their paddocks, only to then see kangaroos move in and take whatever is left - this is the last thing any farmer needs at the moment", Blair said.

The prime minister said that although drought was considered "part of the Australian climate", farmers needed help.

"Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot nearly whatever they want to shoot and it's unaudited and unchecked and that's our concern - animal welfare", Borda told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

That event coincided with two El Nino systems, which are often associated with droughts in Australia.

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