When the rain finally descended upon Queensland earlier this month, farmers rejoiced as the area hadn’t received any decent rain in years. However, tragedy struck when the downpour refused to subside, resulting in massive flooding across the state.
The state’s cattle industry fears an estimated 500,000 cattle have already perished causing financial losses worth $300 million Australian dollars (about $212 million U.S.).
“The loss of hundreds of thousands of cattle after five, six, seven years of drought, is a debilitating blow not just to individual farmers, many of whom have lost literally everything, but to rural communities,” Michael Guerin, the CEO of Queensland’s agricultural body AgForce said in a press release.
He added that the cattle industry could take decades to recover after the entire herds of cattle were wiped out from the extreme weather.