PRICES rose slightly at Echuca's store sale on Monday as agents reported increases across most lines of the 1100 head of cattle yarded.
FP Nevins Rochester branch manager Tony Hooppell said steers and well-bred heifers were in demand and sold for more compared to the previous sale.
"Steers were dearer I thought, they might have been $100 dearer and the heifers sold $50 to $100 dollars dearer as well," he said.
"We had a good line of 90 Limousin Santa cross and Angus Santa cross cows and calves from Shane O'Donohue at Dingee with young calves at foot and they made between $1200 and $1580 which is probably a couple of hundred dollars over our expectations.
"The rest of the cows and calves traded between $800 and $1400 a head."
Maddison Livestock manager Neil Maddison reported similar results and said cows and calves sold well.
"We had 20-odd Angus cows and calves that sold to $1780 so the cow and calf market was pretty strong and then we had another nine Angus cows that went for $1450," he said.
"We had some Limousin steers and they sold between 280 and 3000 a kilo so the good quality, well-bred cattle, steers especially, sold well.
"Anything that had a bit of weight in it, like your 400-kilo steers and heifers sold strongly, but anything in the light heifer portion wasn't overpriced and the dairy and dairy cross cattle was tough going."