Australia drought, fire increase demand, price for feed

Australia drought, fire increase demand, price for feed

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Heavy rains bring some relief, but much more is needed

Demand for animal feed in Australia has risen sharply beginning in 2018, and drought – which has lasted three to five years in some places – has affected grain production. Additionally, supplies of livestock feed and fodder have been destroyed by bushfires in some places. Feeding the flocks and herds that have survived the fires is another challenge facing farmers, as many locations are isolated from supply chains, and bringing hay into fire zones only increases fire risk.