Hundreds of thirsty cows have been filmed swarming a water truck after their owner drove more than an hour to get water just to keep them alive.
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.
Farmer Amber Lea, who uploaded the video, told the Mercury that her 1300 cattle simply would not be fed unless she collected the water.
Hundreds of thirsty cows are filmed swarming a water truck amid extreme drought conditions
‘Watering points or allocated watering troughs were too low…mills had stopped pumping,’ she said.
‘There was no supply…we often have to drive 50 to 70 kilometres one way to get water for them’.
According to the state’s Department of Primary Industries’ Combined Drought Indicator, 100 per cent of NSW is drought-affected
The indicator reveals 38.7 per cent of NSW is drought affected, 38.2 per cent is in a drought, and 23 per cent of the state is suffering through an intense drought
The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Combined Drought Indicator has revealed 38.7 per cent of NSW is now drought-affected, 38.2 per cent is in a drought, and 23 per cent of the state is suffering through an intense drought.
Zero percent is listed as non-drought or recovering from drought.
The NSW Government has announced a $500million emergency drought relief package as the state suffers.
On Sunday, Malcolm Turnbull announced extra cash payments of up to $12,000 for drought-stricken farmers through the allowance.
It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology revealed most of NSW has received less than 20 per cent of its usual rainfall since January, and Australia as a whole just experienced its warmest and driest July in 20 years.
It isn’t expected to get any easier for farmers or other livestock currently suffering through unseasonably high temperatures.
Extreme temperatures have already been recorded in NSW and south-east Queensland this winter, leading to concerns a ‘hot and deadly’ summer is coming.
Amber Lea, who uploaded the footage, said her 1300 cattle would not be fed unless she drives over an hour to collect water
A kangaroo drinks from a water tank located in a drought-affected paddock on farmer Ash Whitney’s property, located west of the town of Gunnedah in north-western New South Wales