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Sheep arriving by transport truck at the sale yards.
The chutes, leading to hundreds of moveable fenced spaces.
Waiting for the auctions to begin.
Sheep are herded by men and dogs to and from the transport trucks.
Merino sheep, used for their wool, await auction.
Buyers and sellers at the auction yards.
Sheep look for ways to escape the crowded pens.
A view of the sales yards from above.
The auctions begin.
Men move from one crowded pen to the next during the auction. Many of them check the sheep's teeth, wool and girth.
During the auctions.
The sheep remain in cramped conditions throughout the morning without water and often under a hot sun.
Throughout the auction, buyers check the sheep's teeth, wool and girth.
During the auctions.
Waiting.
Some of the animals die from injury or stress.
The loading of sheep onto the transports begins. When the sheep dogs are no longer being used, they are put into small transport boxes below the sheep. In this photo, you can see a dog's snout poking out from the middle box.
Sheep, bound for slaughter, are loaded onto transport trucks.
Sheep, bound for slaughter, are loaded onto transport trucks.
Sheep, bound for slaughter, are loaded onto transport trucks.
Sheep, bound for slaughter, are loaded onto transport trucks with the help of dogs and electric prods.
Sheep, bound for slaughter, are loaded onto transport trucks with the help of dogs and electric prods.
Being loaded onto transport trucks.
Sheep climb over one another, trying to escape.
Sheep who die throughout the day or during transport are removed from the flocks and are later discarded.
300 sheep can be loaded onto one truck.
Conditions are cramped inside the transport trucks.
A working dog is also loaded up into the transport trucks at the end of the day.
Sheep in a transport truck.
In the afternoon heat, thousands of sheep still wait to be corralled and transported.
In many of the pens, the animals spend hours standing in feces, urine, mud, blood and water.
Bodies are found scattered along the fencing and inside the pens.
In transport.
A view of a full transport truck and emptying sale yards.
Nearing the end of the day.
A pile of dead sheep in the dumpster beside the sale yards.