Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

A 'Steady Progression' to Dry Forces De-Stock

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

A 'Steady Progression' to Dry Forces De-Stock

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FOR the first time in more than a century Camoola Park will be nearly fully de-stocked, as the dry horizon heading into winter begins to really worry graziers.

The 40,000 acre property between Longreach and Muttaburra has been owned for the Moffat family for 114 years and has seen its fair share of droughts, but nothing compares to the long run of dry weather experienced in the past few years.

Paddocks once thriving with life and thousands of stock have been reduced to dead grass and rocks, with just 100 head of cattle and 2000 head of sheep remaining.

Owner Graham Moffat, who did three years of boarding school at Scots PGC College, said he had begun to de-stock cattle and sheep as he stared down the barrel of a barren winter.

"I've been managing the property for probably 40-50 years and I've never really had to de-stock," he said.

"I might be able to keep a few sheep going and there are a few cows and calves around - they might just have to survive on their own. …

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