Livestock transporters, abattoirs, feedlotters and landholders with feed have combined to shift a thousands of cattle from fire ravaged areas.
A new record for a top-priced pen of ewes at Casterton has injected a shot of confidence into the community.
After the three-week Christmas break, 2020 lamb and sheep markets have so far produced rewarding results.
First-cross ewe buyers operated cautiously in a yarding of around 24,000 sheep at the Ballarat annual first-cross ewe sale.
The lamb market appears to be finishing the year on a solid note, with prices being driven by a shortage of well-finished lambs.
The strength of the prime market and a good local season drove prices higher at the Ballarat annual first-cross ewe sale.
The annual disruption caused by the Christmas and New Year holidays has impacted sheep and lamb markets this week.