State of concern: All of NSW feeling effects of drought

With the prospect of a dry weather pattern hitting the state in Spring the longer term outlook for rain in New South

Drought pushes Australian farmers to brink as they are given licence to kill kangaroos

Federated Farmers is exploring ways the advocacy group can support Australian farmers impacted by the horrific drought conditions they face.

Much of southeastern Australia is struggling with drought but conditions in New South Wales are the driest and most widespread since 1965.

The new rules will increase culling quotas and more shooters to operate under a single license, a government press release states.

The drought may be Australia's worst in 400 years, according to a recent University of Melbourne study, which reconstructed 800 years of seasonal patterns.

Farmers have also had to ration water for their families and their herds because the dams on their properties are dry or almost empty.

A drier-than-expected June and July has left many farmers with failing crops, a short supply of water and diminishing livestock feed.

"If we don't manage this situation, we will start to see tens of thousands of kangaroos starving and suffering, ultimately leading to a major animal welfare crisis", he added.

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The government also relaxed restrictions on shooting kangaroos in a bid to help farmers as the animals compete with livestock for grazing land.

The requirement to tag dead kangaroos to keep a tally of the number shot across the state had been dispensed with.

"Australia's rainfall varies greatly from one year to the next and from one decade to the next, and is strongly influenced by large scale phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña", Australia's Department of the Environment and Energy says on its website.

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest climate outlook for the next three months is predicting high chances of warmer and drier conditions over the drought-affected regions.

Though Australia has long suffered from spells of drought, other parts of the world are now experiencing extreme weather which experts say is evidence of the Earth's changing climate.

However, the state government has refused to officially declare the drought a natural disaster akin to a flood or bushfire and ignored an offer of military help.

This aerial photo shows cattle on a dry paddock in the drought-hit area of Quirindi in New South Wales.

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