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Dry conditions expected to spark more sheep sales

Wednesday July 10, 2013 - 12:53 EST

A livestock auctioneer says if unseasonable dry weather persists in parts of Western Australia, more sheep will be forced onto the market.

Almost 36,000 sheep were sold at the Muchea Livestock Centre's weekly auction yesterday, outstripping the centre's previous top sale by 12,000 sheep.

Auctioneer Tiny Holly says despite the volume of sheep on sale, prices held up reasonably well.

He says most sheep were being sold from drying properties in the northern and eastern Wheatbelt.

"North and east yes, it was a fairly predominant line from Northampton out to Southern Cross and back into Northam and York," he said.

He says it is likely the trend will continue for a while yet.

"It would be good to see a sign of a drop of rain but that's not coming, so I think we'll have another big one next week," he said.

"Hopefully, in one way it won't be quite as big but I think it would be 20,000 plus easy at this stage."


- ABC

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