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Hay shortage puts squeeze on already struggling farmers

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Drought-stricken farmers say they may run out of hay within six weeks, making it difficult to feed their livestock.

Farmers are trying to nurse their sheep and cattle through drought as their properties run out of grass.

The dry weather is preventing many landowners from growing their own hay and grain crops.

As a result, many are resorting to buying hay externally and it’s causing prices to skyrocket.

Australia Fodder Industry Association CEO John McKew tells Ben Fordham it just goes from bad to worse.

“Six months ago we were in an oversupply situation wondering what we were going to do with all this excess hay we had from 2016 and 2017.

“In the space of five or six months, we have really cleared two years worth of oversupply.

“It’s very hard to say that we’ll actually run out… but we’ve certainly gone through the bulk of it. We are very much in a short supply situation now.”

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