Mark Fegan and family made it through the worst drought on record to better times

Sally Gall
Updated June 11 2017 - 1:59pm, first published June 9 2017 - 1:00pm
Gearing up: Mark Fegan has been breeding up his cattle numbers and hopes to have 2000 head on Penola Downs by the end of the year. He said he'd thought about buying stock but the prices put him off. Picture: Sally Cripps.
Gearing up: Mark Fegan has been breeding up his cattle numbers and hopes to have 2000 head on Penola Downs by the end of the year. He said he'd thought about buying stock but the prices put him off. Picture: Sally Cripps.

It was early March 2013 – Mark Fegan had just ordered another 50 tonnes of molasses for his cows and calves at Penola, south east of McKinlay, after recording only 8mm of rain for summer.

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Sally Gall

Sally Gall

Senior journalist - Queensland Country Life/North Queensland Register

Based at Blackall, CW Qld, where I've raised a family, run Merino sheep and beef cattle, and helped develop a region - its history, tourism, education and communications. Get in touch at 0427 575 955 if you've got a story idea for me.

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