Farmers are forced to slaughter livestock in large quantities as feed prices soar due to drought
- Feed prices have skyrocketed in recent times due to the widespread drought
- July marked the seventh consecutive month of rain below average for New South Wales
- Farmers are forced to sacrifice their animals to reduce the number of stocks
Sophie Tanno for Daily Mail Australia
Farmers in Australia are forced to slaughter their livestock in large quantities as feed prices skyrocket due to the crippling drought.
The widespread drought has meant that the cost of food has increased dramatically this year.
July marked the seventh consecutive month of rain below the average for New South Wales and daytime temperatures were 2.2 degrees warmer than average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Farmers in Australia are forced to slaughter their livestock in large quantities as feed prices soar due to the cessation of drought
Farmers in Australia are forced to slaughter their livestock in large quantities as feed prices soar due to the paralyzing drought
This has reduced the availability of grass and water, resulting in a large increase in feed prices.
Meat and Livestock Australia, a market research company for the Australian livestock industry, told Daily Mail Australia that the cost of buying food has increased dramatically due to weather conditions and farmers face the difficult decision of having or sell livestock.
"The drought that is occurring in NSW and parts of Queensland has meant that many producers do not have enough feed for their livestock and the cost of buying food has increased dramatically," said an MLA spokesperson.
This has forced many producers to close their stocks so far in 2018 and has led to an increase in production in 2018 compared to 2017. At the national level, the slaughter of adult cattle from one year to the next has increased by nine per cent. one hundred year after year. . & # 39;
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics published in July show that livestock slaughter is currently at record levels.
"As a result of the persistence of drought conditions in the eastern states, the number of sheep, lambs and slaughtered livestock has increased steadily as producers in the affected regions reduce the number of stocks.
"Slaughter of lambs continues to set records, since July is the sixth consecutive month of increase in slaughter," concludes the ABS report.