Farmers pray for rain

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A record dry June has resulted in the biggest yarding of sheep at Muchea since 2011, as producers faced with feed shortages offload stock.

Toodyay producers Kevin Yost and daughter Morgan, pictured, are still hand-feeding stock and did not get enough rain last month to bother checking the gauge.

The 170 two-year-old White Dorper ewes the Yost family offered at Tuesday's sale made between $50 and $55 a head.

Crops across widespread parts of the Wheatbelt are also suffering from a lack of rain.

At Bencubbin, a third of Nick Gillett's crop has failed to germinate and he does not hold out much hope for what has come up. Less than 30mm of rain has fallen on his property over the past three months.

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