Supply Shortages Loom as Aussie Dairy Industry Ravaged by Bushfires

AUSTRALIA - Authorities have warned that supplies of Australian dairy products could be significantly affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster, which has already wiped out vast numbers of livestock, Xinhua news agency reported.
calendar icon 7 January 2020
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While the full extent of the damage could take days or weeks to emerge, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in the badly affected New South Wales (NSW) revealed on Monday that 3,900 livestock animals had been confirmed dead so far.

Most of the losses have occurred since Christmas as fires took hold in dairy and sheep farming communities on NSW's south coast.

"Limited access to fireground and loss of power and phones in the area mean the full picture of losses and damage will take some time to emerge," State Incident Controller Karen Roberts said.

"However stock losses as a result of fires in south-east NSW since Christmas have been high, with approximately 2,800 stock reported killed in the fires or euthanised to date."

Australia exports large amounts of dairy products like milk, cheese and infant powder to countries including China.

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