Video: Amazing footage of almost 70,000 sheep at a mart in Australia

Amazing drone footage of a salesyard in Australia was captured this week as close to 70,000 sheep went under the hammer.

Ballarat Livestock Selling Centre is situated in a southern part of the State of Victoria, just 120km away from the city of Melbourne.

Taking place on December 13, the salesyard saw a total of 68,713 sheep being put up for sale.

The footage was captured by a local real estate agent, named Adrian Smith, with his recently purchased drone.

This was reportedly the largest sheep sale ever recorded at the salesyard, with the previous record of 62,544 sheep dating as far back as 2011.

At the Australian salesyard, weekly sales are run for both sheep and cattle, as well as monthly store cattle sales and seasonal special first-cross sheep sales.

With numerous pens, sorting areas and loading bays for the large livestock lorries the salesyard is a seriously impressive site. 

Ballarat salesyard could sell over 500,000 sheep between October and December, as figures currently stand over 440,000 going on the market, with one sale left before the Christmas break.

At the recent sale shorn lambs were averaging close to $125/head (€89/head), while cross bred ewes were making closer to $105/head (€74/head). Meanwhile, Merino ewes were making closes to $110/head (€77.50/head).

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