CATTLE prices sold firm to 10 cents a kilogram cheaper at the monthly Yea store sale on Friday.
"It was definitely cheaper in places, but in terms of the way the season is going, we are still reasonably happy with the result," Jim Hutchinson, Elders Yea said.
"Perhaps we expected it would be a bit dearer, but you can't blame people for not being super confident with the way the season is going around here."
With rain largely by-passing the region, Mr Hutchinson said the Yea saleyards were fortunate to be located in a central area.
"Our cattle tend to travel to all parts of Victoria and interstate, so it’s helped a lot," he said.
A regular gallery of commission buyers were active, along with local and Gippsland agents, who snapped up cattle for restockers with some feed still available.
Mr Hutchinson quoted grown steers to average 180c/kg, while weaner steers sold from a 180-190c/kg and up to 200c/kg for the better calves.
Heifers sold to 175c/kg for the better quality lines, with the bulk making an average of 160c/kg.
Cows and calves topped at $990, which Mr Hutchinson said was a good result considering the season.
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