PHILIPPOLIS, SOUTH AFRICA FEBRUARY 24: Local farmers inspect sheep as they are attending a major sheep auction on February 24, 2009 in Philippolis, in the free state province, South Africa. The small village is one of the oldest Afrikaner villages in South Africa and was a thoroughfare for the old road between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Most people make a living on farming sheep, as the climate is too harsh for other forms of farming. Most of the people are white and conservative in this area, about 400 miles south of Johannesburg. Thousands of sheep were sold at the daylong auction. (Photo by: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images).