New technology in the form of a drone fitted with a video camera has captured the heartbeat of this week record sheep and lamb yarding at Ballarat.
Landmark Harcourt real estate agent Adrian Smith said anew toy he had recently purchasedwas flownover the 69,415 head which was sold over an eight period.
“It was a spur of the moment idea…we were really surprised with what it captured” Mr Smith said.
CVLXBallarat saleyards manager Jonathon Crilly said the massive yarding injected some$8.042 million into Ballarat rural community at an average of $155.86 per head.
Mr Crilly said that spring receivals this year were slightly down on average with the Central Victoriansaleyard clearing 441,606 head in the October to December period with one remaining sale still to go before the Christmas break.
The previous largest sheep sale conducted at Ballarat was 62,544 head offered on December 13, 2011 when sales on that day averaged $106 a head.
Not to be out done the Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange this week hosted its busiest selling week clearing a record 116,859 sheep and lambs in its three markets.
HRLX manager Chris Dahlenburg said it has been the busiest week in his 30 years at the southwest market.
“We’ve had busier periods like last year when 510,000 head weresold in the seven weeks leading up Christmas while this year’s turnoff to date is slightly below 400,000” he said.
Mr Dahlenburg said the mild start to summer and the ample green pastures still remaining in the district was the reason for the slower turn-off, which should see the selling of sucker lambs continued into January.
For the record, Hamilton yardings this week comprised 43,308 at its Monday lamb sale, which was also a record, a record 62,187 lambs at its Wednesday lamb sale, and 11,364 head at its Thursday sheep sale, today.
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