Much of Australia's southeast is struggling but the state government said 100pc of New South Wales' more than 800,000 square kilometres was in drought.
Farmers are struggling as 100 per cent of NSW is impacted by drought but there's no relief in sight with drier than normal conditions forecast for the coming months.
With no feed, farmers have been forced to ship in grain or hay from other parts of the country to keep sheep and cattle alive, spending thousands of extra dollars a week just to stay afloat.
There have been reports of farmers shooting cattle and hand-feeding animals because the ground is too dry for grass to grow. Others have been forced to shoot starving cattle. "They are shooting them because they just can't afford to feed them any more", said Ms Tash Johnston, co-founder of charity Drought Angels.More news: College Basketball Coach Arrested In Deadly Attack On Tourist
New South Wales officials released figures on Wednesday showing that every part of the state is affected, with nearly one-quarter classified as being in "intense drought".
The drought has hit farmers particularly hard, with crop, water, and fodder shortages putting their livelihoods at risk.
Authorities on Wednesday officially declared the entire state in drought. But it's not enough for many farmers. Droughts can last for a few month or even years.
The current drought on the continent extends beyond North South Wales, with over half of the neighboring state of Queensland also in drought, the BBC reported. "We recognise that. It's a very volatile and often capricious climate and Australian farmers are resilient, they plan for drought, they are good managers but it can become really overwhelming", said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.More news: Milan reject interest in Serbian midfielder: We can't afford him
"We can't make it rain".
The NSW government has announced more than A$1 billion in drought relief measures, which include transport subsidies, waivers on farming costs, further bolstering the Farm Innovation Fund, animal welfare measures and mental health support.
Southern Australia has experienced near-record levels of dry weather; rainfall has been 57mm below average for the time of year.
"This increase will give farming families what they sorely lack during drought-cash income".More news: Browns kick off preseason against Giants