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Australian drought hits farmers and their cattle hard

5 March 2014 Last updated at 03:23 GMT

Emergency relief is on its way to drought-hit farmers in eastern Australia as many are forced to sell or slaughter their cattle.

The drought is not only inflicting a financial toll. There's a mounting psychological cost as well on communities where once-fertile land has turned to dust.

And there's little relief in sight.

This film includes scenes that some viewers may find upsetting.

From Tamworth in New South Wales, Phil Mercer reports.

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