Local buyers contested the small 500 head market, and with recent rains and the promise of more lifting hopes of an autumn break, prices climbed sharply by 30-50c/kg on the centre’s month earlier market.
Colac agent Phil Douglas said the recent in lift in slaughter prices had also sparked a keener interest on the back of the improved local season.
“There were not a lot of cattle penned but what was here was of good quality” he added.
Commencing the sale a pen of five Angus steers, 466kg, made $1570 a head. These were offered by G Cropley and sold to local opportunity feeder, Mick Buttigeig trading as Beechwood while Elders Camperdown paid $1480 for a yard of five Hereford steers, 430kg, offered by Tynimille.
Most yards of better grown steers, aged 12-15 months and weighing upwards of 360kg made $1360-$1470 a head, average 362c/kg while lighter steers made $1180-$1320 and averaged 395c/kg.
The Lockock family, Darlington sold 50 of their Ennerdale Hereford steers, 352kg to $1370, average $1215 a head.
Heifers were mostly sold in the 350-370c/kg price range. Better sale included D Coolahan – 13 Angus-Limousin heifers, 353kg sold at $1240 a head while Seaview sold Angus-Limousin heifers, 363kg at $1370.