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Harry Taylor 6 plays in a load of Cotton Seed on the family farm in New South Wales

Harry Taylor 6 plays in a load of Cotton Seed on the family farm in New South Wales

Australia's most populous state, has declared that it is 100 per cent in drought, with a quarter considered to be in "intense drought".

Around 60% of neighbouring Queensland is also in drought, as well as parts of Victoria and South Australia.

Unable to feed their livestock, many have been forced to sell or slaughter stock, sending the cattle industry into a decline that could take years to recover.

There have been reports of farmers shooting cattle and hand-feeding animals because the ground is too dry for grass to grow.

Less than 10mm of rain was recorded in the western, northwest, and central areas of NSW over the past month and drier-than-normal conditions are forecast for the next three months across the majority of the state.

"There isn't a person in the state that isn't hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities", Niall Blair, minister for primary industries, said in a statement.

Mr Lee, a member of Farmers for Climate Action, wants the federal and state governments to accept that reality and come up with a plan to help farmers adjust to a warming environment. But it's not enough for many farmers.

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Conditions are similarly dire in Queensland to the north, where the state government says almost 60 percent of land is suffering drought conditions. "Despite this large natural variability, underlying longer-term trends are evident in some regions, and these are likely to be climate change related".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, second right, looks at dry soil with farmers during a visit to Strathmore Farm near Trangie, 300 miles north west of Sydney.

At the end of July, the state government increased its drought assistance to more than $1 billion dollars.

Southern Australia has experienced near-record levels of dry weather; rainfall has been 57mm below average for the time of year.

Others have had to bulldoze orchards or lose their farms, leaving entire families without income, according to Australian media.

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