Hundreds of Cows Surround Water Truck During Drought In Australia

Harry Taylor plays with the bones of dead livestock on his family farm

As part of the NSW Drought Strategy, the new approach will allow farmers to apply for licences to cull kangaroos over the phone or via email, and more shooters will be able to operate on a property under the same licence.

Government officials declared a drought Wednesday throughout all of the Australian state of New South Wales after the driest start to a year in five decades.

The federal and state governments have provided A$576m - $430 million - in emergency funding, according to the BBC.

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

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"Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot nearly whatever they want and it's unaudited and unchecked and that's our concern - animal welfare", Mr Borda said.

While the country is no stranger to "big drys" and its people have long had a reputation as resilient, the extreme conditions across swathes of Australia's east are the worst in more than 50 years.

"We can't make it rain".

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently said the USDA will act to assist farmers facing trade damage from "unjustified retaliation".

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"It might just be that they need you to offer them an ear - let them talk through what is happening to them".

Conditions are similarly dire in Queensland to the north, where the state government says almost 60 per cent of land is suffering drought conditions, which are also affecting the southern states of Victoria and South Australia.

Less than 10 millimetres 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.

Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne says offering drought-stricken Australian farmers an escape could do wonders for their mental health.

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