A massive 40,100 sheep and lambs have passed through the Dubbo saleyards at the weekly prime sheep and lamb sale.

Prices held firm at today’s sale, even improving up to $4/head in some categories.

Despite most of the yarding showing the effects of the current dry conditions, competition from processors was strong.

Producers are under pressure to offload prior to Easter.

For Wongarbon vendors, Valley Fields Partnership, a shortage of feed pushed them to offload some second-cross ewes at today’s sale.

“We have ewes due to lamb soon and needed to make some room,” Mr Morris, one of the owners, said.

Mr Morris said they had cut two lots of hay from their lucerne since November but desperately needed rain to get their oat crops off the ground.

The family partnership offered 88 second-cross ewes at today’s sale, which made $190/head.

Mr Morris said the family was keen to sell prior to Easter while demand was still high.

“We will have more to offer after Easter, very similar to these,” he said.



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