The Bureau of Meteorology has officially declared the drought in the Murray-Darling Basin the worst on record and farmers across the Riverina are continuing to feel the effects.
Livestock nutritionist Sara Baker has seen the impact of the dry spell firsthand.
"I would say the drought has affected the majority of farms in the Riverina in one way or another," she said.
"Some parts of the Riverina are lucky at the moment and have feed and some great crops, but the rainfall at times has been very patchy so not all producers are as fortunate."
The impact continues to be financial and mental for farmers, according to Miss Baker.
"The cost of feed has risen enormously, and at times even sourcing roughage feeds has been almost impossible, plus on top of that failed crops are contributing to this with some producers struggling for cash flow," she said.
"The other side has been on mental health. I've seen a lot of producers mentally, physically and financially drained from feeding animals constantly over the last couple of years for some."
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Working for Animal Innovations, Miss Baker said farmers were copping damage regardless of their product.
"Cropping enterprises experienced far lower yields than average, with many opting to graze out crops with livestock or cut crops for forage," she said.
"This year some parts are fortunate to have some great crops to graze that will later hopefully be harvested for grain.
"Low grain availability coupled with a high demand for grain has resulted in increased feed prices for livestock, which has impacted the number of livestock producers are carrying, and so the breeding stock numbers are down too as many producers have sold off what they can to conserve feed."
Miss Baker said the drought highlighted the importance of planning and having a focus on practices to increase farm efficiency.
"For animals, having a focus on feed conversion efficiencies in their stock is vital, as well as an understanding of their nutritional requirements," she said.
"Unfortunately we live in a country with harsh weather conditions that we are unable to change or control, so I think producers need to focus on what they can control and try and make their enterprises as productive as possible so when times are tough they are more resilient to the challenge."
An example of this is an increase in drought lots and feedlots being implemented by sheep producers, according to Miss Baker.
"This is a great way to preserve pastures and minimise energy used by animals walking around," she said.
"It has also proved to be a profitable exercise for many producers that were fortunate enough to be able to buy in feed as high lamb prices allowed for an increased input cost.
"Producers that were aware of their animals feed conversion efficiencies and nutritional requirements were able to minimise animals time on feed or simply feed their animals for a lower cost of production."
Wantabadgery farmer Tony Clough has also felt the impact of the drought, and said for the first time he actually agreed with the BoM's reports.
"I've been farming since 1980, and my father was before me since 1948 so we have rainfall records going back to 1950 and these last 18 months have been the worst I've ever seen without a doubt," he said.
"This year really snuck up on us and it's been relentless."
Farming sheep, cattle and crops, Mr Clough said while it was 'looking a little better now', they weren't out of the woods yet.
"We've got through it, we get through these droughts as resilient farmers do, but we do need some good heavy rain in the next month or so," he said.
"Once it starts warming up in September to October it will dry up so we need that moisture build up."
Mr Clough said they had no harvest over the last 18 months, and any and all rain was welcome.
"We can only hope, can't we," he said.