Defying the drought: Farmers who braced for the big dry

There is a drought spreading across eastern Australia and it is severe, but it is not our worst. At least not yet.

There are two major droughts which are stuck in the Australian psyche.

The 1895 to 1902 Federation Drought, during which the Darling and Murray Rivers ran dry. And the Millennium Drought, which ran from late 1996 to mid-2010 and severely affected most southern cropping areas.

In southern parts of Australia, droughts of the late 20th and early 21st centuries have been found to be the worst in the past 400 years, and experts predict they will become more prevalent in the future.

For some farmers, the millennium drought was a turning point, where they realised that if they wanted to keep farming in Australia, they needed to embrace rather than battle an often unpredictable climate.

Dams are drying out in drought stricken parts of Australia — how do you plan for no water?

(Landline: Ben Deacon and Marty McCarthy)

Dams are drying out in drought stricken parts of Australia — how do you plan for no water?

Landline: Ben Deacon and Marty McCarthy

Spending money when there is none

In NSW’s Central West, farmers Laurie and John Chaffey have seen and read the stories about farmers in drought shooting starving livestock that they can’t afford to feed.

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