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Australia's historic dry spell is only getting worse. It's now pushed 100% of New South Wales into drought, the country's most populous state. Conditions are so bad, farmers like Richard Ogilvie have resorted to shooting their own cattle because they can't feed them.>> We've gone from 1,200 cows and calves down to 600.
>> But help is on its way. Grain that would normally be sold overseas is being redirected to help these drought-stricken farms. It's coming from South Australia, where conditions have been much better. And as Reuters' Jonathan Barrett reports, it's traveling nearly halfway across the country on a gigantic train.
>> The farming here has been pretty good. And so they've brought in this grain and they're loading trains like the one behind me. Now this is a very, very long train, more than 100 wagons long, it's almost two kilometers in length. This'll travel overnight and come into some of the driest regions of New South Wales, where it'll be trucked out to farms.
>> The train will run along trade routes that haven't been used like this in a decade. It's a lifeline for farmers here. The grain will be used for feed and to keep the flour mills grinding, as farms here in the east see their own harvest set to hit less than a third of its average.
But wheat is Australia's biggest agricultural export and numbers are suffering. A bump in domestic demand has pushed up prices and stretched out supply. That's led to other countries like Argentina, Canada, and the US boosting their own wheat exports to pick up the slack. The government has announced a $1.3 billion aid package to help those hit by the drought, but theres no relief from the heat in sight yet.
Australia's weather bureau said on Thursday, the country's east coast is set for dry weather for at least the next three months.