Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Producers selling off stock in dry conditions

By Annabelle Homer, ABC Rural, Friday February 22, 2013 - 10:42 EDT
ABC image
Busy time for saleyards - ABC

Sheep producers in northern South Australia are selling off their stock because of a lack of feed and water.

About 27,000 sheep were yarded at Jamestown this week, 10,000 more than last month.

There are extra markets being held to help producers offload their stock.

Geoff Fel, from north of Hawker, said he only had 50 millimetres of rain over winter, leaving him no choice but to de-stock.

He said with 1,100 head going under the hammer, he was hoping for better prices.

"Our wether lambs are not in very good condition, so they did bring $32, pretty average," he said.

"If we can get $50 to $60 for a lamb we'd be pretty happy."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Wet weekend for parched Perth

12:02 EST

Perth may see its best rain since January this weekend as a burst of showers, blustery winds and storms affect southwestern parts of WA.

Myer Hobart store beats flood and fire, but market conditions may be toughest foe

09:38 EST

It has risen again from the ashes and has emerged from a devastating flood — but the challenge for the latest incarnation of Myer's Hobart store is simply to get people to shop there.

Potential rain and storms for east coast next week

14:23 EST

Heavy rain and thunderstorms may affect parts of Australia's east coast next week.