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Dry June forces WA graziers to move stock

Jo Prendergast, Wednesday July 3, 2013 - 16:37 EST
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Sheep and cattle producers are being forced to consider agisting or selling stock as dry conditions take their toll. - ABC

Livestock producers across much of the southern half of Western Australia are being forced to sell or agist their stock due to dry conditions.

Record low rainfall in June has caused feed paddocks to wilt and farmers will soon have to start hand feeding or move stock off their farms.

Livestock agent Craig Walker says some stock are being trucked more than 1,000 kilometres to find greener pastures.

"The feed is going backwards very quickly, and with these days of 24 or 25 degrees, it is really taking its toll on the sheep feed," he said.

"The crops are hanging on. We are having regular conversations that if it hasn't rained by the end of next week there will be a lot of sheep on the market."


- ABC

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