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What is a drought anyway? We asked the Robinson brothers

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What is a drought anyway? We asked the Robinson brothers

  • BROTHERS IN ARMS: Kody, 12, Charlie, 5, Jock, 8, and Rhys Robinson, 10, at Bathurst Goldfields following the Surnise live cross. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmdrought7

  • Rural Aid ambassadors Grant and Chezzi Denyer with siblings Kody, 12, Rhys, 10, (front) Jock, 8, and Charlie Robinson, 5, following the Sunrise live cross at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise6

    Rural Aid ambassadors Grant and Chezzi Denyer with siblings Kody, 12, Rhys, 10, (front) Jock, 8, and Charlie Robinson, 5, following the Sunrise live cross at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise6

  • NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise3

    NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise3

  • NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew following the live cross at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise5

    NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew following the live cross at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise5

  • NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise2

    NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise2

  • NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer, Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew and Rural Aid founders Charles and Tracy Alder at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise4

    NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer, Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew and Rural Aid founders Charles and Tracy Alder at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise4

  • NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise1

    NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew at Bathurst Goldfields on Mount Panorama on Friday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 081018nmsunrise1

THE widespread drought is not only impacting the regions stoic farmers, but also children who are seeing first-hand just how tough life has become.

Currently, 100 per cent of the state has been declared in drought and farmers have been hand-feeding stock for months on end.

Oberon siblings Kody, 12, Charlie, 5, Jock, 8, and Rhys Robinson, 10, live on a cattle property and they sat down with Fairfax Media to talk about how the drought had changed their lives.

Ryhs said it was quite easy to explain to people what a drought meant to farmers.

“Its where all the farmers out west and all that have got no stock and no water and cant feed any of their cattle,” he said.

His younger brother Kody helped with the explanation.

“Theres no water in sight, theres no rain, its all just wind and dust and theres hardly any feed left,” he said.

The siblings all agree that a drought means a very tough time for farmers.

“Weve only got one paddock with grass,” Jock said.

While Kody said: “Theres hardly any water left in the dams. Its green but theres no feed”.

Charlie said it took a long time to feed the cattle and that he and his siblings help their parents to do the feeding.

“We have to give them bales of hay,” he said.

While Kody said that Charlie “sits in the tractor”.

The brothers said that the community could help out farmers who were doing it tough.

“Donate hay and money and feed for the farmers,” Kody said.

Rhys said: “Donate to Buy a Bale”.

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