Drought

Australia is the driest continent on planet earth, with drought a constant companion. We are currently in the grip of the worst drought in our history.

  • ♥ Myra ♥ Premium user United Kingdom (Private)
    7 years 11 months ago
    Dry river bed
    I hope that the situation improves in the longer term, Peter....... climate changes seem to affecting all peoples of the world, albeit in different ways..... we are getting even more wet and violent stormy weather..... and Australia is so dry.......I wish you well

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    I just heard on the news that houses are cracking because people can't keep enough water on the gardens around the houses, and the ground is becoming too dry.
  • ♥ Myra ♥ Premium user United Kingdom (Private)
    7 years 11 months ago
    Kangaroos on the Nullabor
    Is the drought affecting the wild life.... obviously it will...... but is there notable loss of numbers?

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    The white mans water troughs for the stock on farms has proved a great lifesaver, especially for kangaroos. Where drought used to cull them and keep their numbers under control, now they can survive because of the troughs. But yes it is hard in the wildlife too. In Western Australia, 5,000 birds just dropped out of the sky and they still don't know why. They think it is some kind of natural toxicity, in a water hole they all shared or a feeding ground they all shared.
  • ♥ Myra ♥ Premium user United Kingdom (Private)
    7 years 11 months ago
    Dry dam
    This is very hard to envisage....... we are such a wet country....... water conservation must be an everyday thing.......

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    Yes it is, we have pretty strict water restictions in most of the country. You can't use a hose in the garden, you have to carry water to the garden in a bucket and to wash the car etc.
  • ♥ Myra ♥ Premium user United Kingdom (Private)
    7 years 11 months ago
    Dry paddocks 001
    Life must be very difficult for the cattle and sheep farmers....... and the cattle and sheep!!!!

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    One of my friends has a 1,000 head of cattle and he's taking his cattle on the road - droving along the side of the road, because there's no feed on his farm for them, and it costs him about $1,300 a week to feed them. He can take them on the road, including carting water for them, for around $500 a week. In a drought most farmers sell their stock as store cattle even though they won't get much for them at the markets, but then they don't have to pay to keep them alive. My friend's strategy is to have fat cattle when the drought breaks and he'll make a motza! High risk, but here's hoping it works for him.
  • 8 years ago
    Feeding cattle in the drought
    that must be a job to get all the animals fed then?

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    And expensive. The trick is to know when to cut your losses if the drought is going to go on for a long time, if you feed too long it is counter productive and just throwing money away. The only exception is when you're trying to save your bloodlines from your breeding stock.
  • 8 years ago
    Dry dam
    wow, that looks very dry ineed, I have seen it on television and it looks very dramatic.

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    It is heartbreaking for the farmers, they are so dependant on the weather, that's why I love looking at all the green grass on fotki!!
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    I can sent you some, it is wet and warm for the time of the year so we have loads of grass! :)

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    yes please