Australia – Situation so terrible that farmers have run out of bullets.

Queensland’s cattle industry as a whole is expecting about 500,000 dead cattle.


“What about an ex tropical cyclone in February in NW Queensland killing cattle by hypothermia in Summer ?” asks reader Rosco Mac.

“It’s been more than seven years since the region received a substantial downpour but the monsoon — which saw clouds dump three years worth of rain in 10 days — is expected to cripple farmers for decades.”

“If the cattle have not drowned or frozen to death in the elements, devastated farmers now face having to kill thousands of animals. The situation is so terrible that there are reports the farmers have run out of bullets.”

I repeat this occurred in summer in areas where the temperature is typically 40°C during summer.

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  3. was a mongrel event indeed, the long duration massive rainfalls and the convection bringing upperlevel cold down to ground level Id guess. and now we have two more walloping the top end.
    one east one west , going to be interesting in the middle as both sections bump.
    the east oast one is now inland and expected to slide easterly, luckily NOT hitting the same already damaged areas….we hope.
    the one off pilbaras already generating a nice humid flow right across the nation reaching lower east coastal aready,
    for all across its path rainfall with the clouds would be lovely about now.

  4. someone said we could move cows from sth up there to restock
    we cant.
    beacause of humidity heat and ticks etc only some breeds survive the top end, droughtmaster brahmin/brahmin crosses pretty much the go. and they die of cold down sth

  5. Cattle being too delicate to withstand a rainstorm and a bit of chilly weather? Preposterous!

  6. Forgive me but:-

    (i) 500,000 dead. Shocking I know but that saves 500,000 bullets.

    (ii) Excuse me but why do you need to shoot cows which have survived? I just don’t get it. Get them to have calves ASAP and it will take a long time to breed 500,000 back but it can be done.

    (iii) ‘frozen to death in the elements’. How? Deluge of hailstones? I don’t believe you ever get ice and snow in Australia. You will in the mountains of the South Island of New Zealand but not Oz.

    (iv) But seriously, the price of milk will only go up now so don’t anyone get too excited about a sudden abundance of beef LOL.

    • Emaciated cattle due to prolonged drought are suddenly trapped in cold flood waters for days on end where the air temperature is way below average and you think they will survive ?

      No land based mammal can sustain their body temperature when immersed continuously in cold water for many hours due to a phenomenon known as hypothermia – it is why surfers wear wet suits in 20°C oceans.

      Actually Australia has larger snowfields than several European countries – larger than Switzerland or Belgium for example.

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    • They can’t feed and water the animals.

      With cold that severe makes it impossible to calve that Many and those they can reach will die of cold.

  7. It is stated that infrastructure development has been slighted the outback in favor of the cities on the east coast. The question that would be useful to ask would be, “Did the Greens and their policy choices have much to do with this outcome?” If so, then the Greens should be taken to task for it.

    Apparently when cattle found small hills to climb onto the rain turned the ground to soup and the cattle sunk into the mud. Such hills could be augmented and the ground compacted. If power were cheap then bulldozing plots of ground to produce small mesas on which rollers could be used to compact the surface might be cost effective. Suitable foliage could be planted on top to break the wind. The cattle could move onto these mesas during such storms as an emergency measure.

    More generally, and more directly, how could really cheap power have ameliorated this outcome? Count the ways and lay them before the Greens as a not so silent reproach. Indeed, loudly publicize these ways. Power is wealth and lack of power is poverty. Make this into a catchy slogan and use it over and over again.

    Perhaps, oil means warmth and wind means cold? Something like this might strike a chord in this situation as it involved a chilling wind. Please think about creating some slogans and if some memorable ones can be minted spread them around. A new respect for technology needs to be grown from the ashes of the Greens.

  8. Before you make comments like these, respect the farmers who know what they are doing! Do you really believe they can call you up and have you save the day? No farmer would EVER kill anything unless it was to save them from a really ugly death! What part of inundation don’t you get? That means there is NO Food for them! LOL??? This, and now the upper Midwest. It is what Robert has been warning about for over 30 yrs. Can you spell ICE AGE darling??? I don’t care if it is mini, glacial, comes from space or is caused by HAARPS! It is Global!!!! This is ONLY the leading edge!!!!! …stay tuned, film at 11

  9. I assume the need to shoot the cows comes from either injured cows, or the issue of not being able to feed them, or both. If you’ve followed the continuous destruction Australia has faced in the last year alone you will see they are in deep trouble. The number of crops and animals they have lost and continue to lose is not at all sustainable. And the extreme weather events and disasters will most likely continue to bombard the continent.

    • Did you actually see any of the video or photos ?

      I saw it “live” on TV – cattle scrambling up any little hill to escape the flood only to die anyway and I couldn’t believe it and I live in Australia.

      There were “islands” in the sea of flood waters where drenched cattle were above the flood waters but they still died from hypothermia. Those that were still alive days later were shot for humanitarian reasons as they wouldn’t survive much longer.

      • Rosco, I fear there are a lot of folks who have no concept of how perilous natural disasters can be. Our farm is on relatively high land in southern Ontario, Canada. I recall a “3-months-worth-of-rain-in-one day” deluge that left cows and calves standing on the tops of knolls. Fortunately, surface drainage allowed the water to subside within a day.

  10. Much of the above weather is normal to Australia. It is huge and runs from tropics to southern ocean so includes most climate zones with exposure to the rest.
    A land of fire and flood it is known as to us Anzacs. My studies of aborigines show regular 23yr die-off of the young and old folk over prehistory. The longer c.63 and above cycles are even worse and that is what we see now too.
    The upper air descents causing killing cold and hail will probably be exacerbated by the current “Quiet Sun” effect as it developes. This is the “mini-little ice age” predicted by Piers Corban and now Mynlczak (hope I spelt that right) of Nasa, both excellent Heliophysicists. I expect this will, or may not, unfold over the immediate future, a testable hypothesis. Nice it will not be, if true. Hence the desperation in warmist circles. By the way, Good news, congratulations Mr Trump! Brett Keane

  11. Whiskey Drinker, the cows were hypothermically cold, wet, and underfed for too long. They were weak and mired in muck…these were mercy killings, done with great sorrow and anguish. If you can’t have sympathy for the cows, at least have some for the farmers, some of whom will struggle on, and some who won’t be able to stay in business.

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