For one reason or another lot feeder presence at regular store cattle markets has vanished in recent weeks.
Stock agents are being urged to be aware of new animal welfare standards and guidelines for saleyards which have been recently legislated.
Buyers local to the Colac, Geelong and Camperdown districts stuck strongly by sellers at Colac's monthly store cattle sale when volume feed buyers failed to attend.
The eastern states slaughter of beef cattle has returned to the higher levels of 145,000-plus head achieved in the week before ANZAC.
The Guilford Poll Hereford sale, Ouse, Tasmania, saw 30 bulls out of 42 offered, selling for an average of $5450.