Bourke farmers fear for financial security

Financial worries are still a major issue for farmers in the Bourke area. File photo

Financial worries are still a major issue for farmers in the Bourke area. File photo

Coonamble farmers fear no winter crops

POLL: Desperate for rains

Financial worries are still a major issue for farmers in the Bourke area, where some properties have received rain but others are still desperately dry.

Some parts of the district have received about 150 to 200 millimetres of rain in the past few months, according to Bourke mayor Andrew Lewis.

John Oldfield, chair of the Bourke district council of NSW Farmers, said: "There are many farmers in the district who just haven't had enough rainfall to get going again".

He said while some parts of the district received adequate rainfall others received almost none.

"It's patchy. The eastern half of our countryside has hardly had any rain," he said.

Mr Lewis said scattered rainfall did take some pressure on farmers.

"The district received around 150 to 200 millimetres" he said.

"Some people got more and unfortunately some people received less. Even in the paddocks some have really good feed then in another part of the same paddock, there's none at all."

He said feeding stock would be the major challenge for graziers in the lead-up to winter.

"The biggest issue is that the paddocks are so patchy," he said.

"Some of my neighbours haven't had enough rain to bring their cattle back.

"I don't think anybody feels relaxed yet I know not everyone has enough water in their ground tanks.

"The main thing is the Warrego River has not run in two years.

"It is its longest period without running."

Mr Lewis said farmers were doing it tough financially.

"They're trying to face the bills they had before the rain broke.

"Even those farmers who did receive rainfall are still facing troubles."

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