Drought marches towards the coast in Queensland

The drought in western Queensland has been an oppressive reality for years and now it is spreading towards the coast forcing graziers to travel further to find feed for their stock.

Graziers Robert and Jane Sherry said at this time of year they would normally have long and lush grass for their cattle to eat on their property at Clarke Creek, two hours north of Rockhampton.

But this year, they have had only about a quarter of the rain they would normally get, and the grass is looking short and patchy.

“(The grass) is the worst I’ve ever seen it going into winter,” Mr Sherry said.

Robert Sherry is sending his stock on agistment to try and keep them fed during the dry.

Robert Sherry is sending his stock on agistment to try and keep them fed during the dry.

Survival mode

The grass is now so bad that, last month, the Sherrys took the drastic measure of sending some of their cattle away from central Queensland to greener pastures.

Their property is already in a drought-declared region, but this is the first time ever in their history that they have had to do this.

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