More than three quarters of N.S.W. has been officially described as drought-stricken. A spokesman for?
COWS IN PADDOCK
COWMAN HANDING FEEDING
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Background: More than three quarters of N.S.W. has been officially described as drought-stricken. A spokesman for the Dept. of Agriculture said today that a line drawn across the map of N.S.W. from the Hawkesbury River west to the South Australian border gave a clear picture of drought areas. The spokesman said that 38 of the 59 Pastures Protection Districts in the State had been declared drought areas. Stock are in poor condition. These dairy cows at Stratford, near Gloucester, north of Newcastle, are typical of thousands of cattle brought to their knees by lack of food and pasture.
Gordon Lawrey, a dairyman at Stratford, is handfeeding: but so are thousands of others. The Milk Board has approached the Commonwealth Government for a subsidy on dry fodder and the replacement of dying stock.
The only areas of N.S.W. substantially unaffected by the drought are the Riverina and some pockets of the Central Western Slopes. Last night's rain was of little value - the Dept. of Agriculture says steady soaking rain is needed to end the drought.