Buyers, turned away from the Pakenham store sale, say they're mystified by the decision.
Steers sold in narrow bands at Ballarat as buyers sought stock for feedlots and for grass finishing.
Keen competition at Mortlake made for a strong sale as feedlotters, processors and local orders vied for a good quality yarding.
News this week that the Australian Livestock Markets Association had relaxed its restrictions around vendors being able to attend saleyards and selling centres has been blasted by Blackall-Tambo mayor Andrew Martin.
Ken Wilcock notes that restockers are competing directly with processors in saleyards for medium and heavyweight meatworks-type cows.