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Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms

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The worst drought in living memory is sweeping parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and asking questions about their future. While the weather has improved in parts of Western Australia, winter rain has gone missing across much of the country’s east, leaving farmers praying for rain after planting seed in dry soil or culling cattle and sheep they can no longer afford to feed. About 99 percent of the state – which accounts for a quarter of Australia’s agricultural output by value – is now officially in drought. (Reuters)

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A windmill and solar panels stand next to a dam in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Scott Cooper’s property named South Park located east of the town of Gunnedah, in New South Wales, Australia, July 21, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Sheeps eat grain dropped in a drought-effected paddock on a property located on the outskirts of Tamworth, in New South Wales, Australia, June 2, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


A kangaroo casts a shadow as it drinks from a water tank located in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Ash Whitney’s property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. “I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while,” said Whitney. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


An old bus used for storing farming equipment stands in a drought-effected paddock on a property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Patterns can be seen in a drought-effected paddock created by a plough on a property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Farmer Ash Whitney stands atop a tree as he cuts off branches to feed his cattle in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. “I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while,” said Whitney. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Dead trees are seen in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Scott Cooper’s property named South Park located east of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, July 21, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Farmer Scott Cooper drops hay for his cattle next to a dried-up creek in a drought-effected paddock on his property named South Park located east of the town of Gunnedah, in New South Wales, Australia, July 21, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


A cow walks away from a water tank in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Tom Wollaston’s property located west of the town of Tamworth in New South Wales, Australia, June 2, 2018. “I can’t seem to be able to do anything else apart from just feed, and keep things going, and it (the drought) seems to be one step ahead of me all the time. We’ll battle it out, but it puts a strain on everyone,” said Wollaston. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Farmer Ash Whitney stands on the back of his truck as he throws out hay to his cattle in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. “I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while,” said Whitney. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


A gate casts a shadow next to car tracks on Jimmie and May McKeown’s drought-effected property located on the outskirts of the town of Walgett in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


A dead tree lies in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Tom Wollaston’s property located west of the town of Tamworth in New South Wales, Australia, June 2, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


An irrigated paddock can be seen next to a ploughed paddock on a farm located on the outskirts of the town of Mudgee in New South Wales, Australia, July 18, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


A road can be seen next to tracks leading to a water tank located in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Ash Whitney’s property located west of the town of Gunnedah, in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Tyre tracks from farmer Jimmie McKeown’s truck can be seen in a drought-effected paddock on his property located on the outskirts of the town of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 19, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


An old Sydney tram sits in a drought-effected paddock on Jimmie and May McKeown’s property located on the outskirts of the town of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Farmer Jimmie McKeown walks near a water trough and tanks on his drought-effected property located on the outskirts of the town of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Farmer Ash Whitney stands in the middle of a dried-up dam in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. “I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while,” said Whitney. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)


Farmer May McKeown feeds her remaining cattle on her drought-effected property located on the outskirts of the town of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018. (Photo: David Gray/Reuters)