QUEENSLAND graziers could be forced to shoot their cattle as parts of the state are savaged by soaring temperatures on top of an extended drought.
AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said if the rain didn’t come soon, some graziers would be faced with no option but to shoot their cattle as the feed ran out and the animals grew too weak to be moved to market, putting them down for their own welfare.
Mr Struss said the devastating decision to euthanase could be forced on graziers in southeast Queensland hammered by the dry, early, soaring 40C-plus temperatures and sold-out or hard to find fodder and supplements.
He said many operators in western Queensland had already destocked — selling their cattle on while they could still be moved.
He said he, like other graziers, had destocked and saved their paddocks for the rain that would eventually come.
He said areas roughly north of a line from Townsville to Mt Isa had received good rain and were having a better year.
It comes as Brisbane looks set to endure its driest September on record, with no rain having fallen at all this month.
An afternoon thunderstorm forecast for later today may break the two-month-long dry spell which has seen only 5mm of rainfall in Brisbane since July 20.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high chance of showers and a gusty thunderstorm with a top of 28C today.
Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said conditions are shaping up for the season’s first real summer afternoon thunderstorm.