Prices continued to soar at Ballarat's fortnightly store sale, although vendors were unable to see it due to the city's seven-day lockdown.
Agents yarded 1957 steers and heifers.
TB White livestock agent Lockie Shaw said the sale was "absolutely red hot".
"It was definitely dearer than a fortnight ago," Mr Shaw said.
"You had to have another $100 a head in your pocket, I would say."
A lot of the spring calves were showing signs of winter compared to previous months.
"We had some good weaners that were between 380-429 kilograms, but once you got off that first run, they were pretty light."
The tops of the weaners sold from between $2000-2500 a head.
"Once you got onto those lighter steers, the 230-280kg calves, you were still up to $1800-2000 a head.
"There wasn't a lot under $1800," he said.
"People have got it in their heads as to what they expect to pay; we have got that base level on the back of what has been happening in the last few weeks.
"It was a shame the vendors couldn't come in and see it."
Charles Stewart & Co, livestock consultant, Grant Daniell, said the company sold 425-kilogram steers for 593 cents a kilogram and 418kg steers at 585c/kg.
"Even the 332kg steers sold for at 656c/kg, he said.
Vendors offered very few heavy cattle.
"There were two sides, that was it, then it dropped down into 400kgs," he said.
He said Teys Charlton, Creek Livestock and Hopkins River were among the feedlots, chasing steers to 400kg.
"There was certainly an array of buyers there and no shortage of money," he said.
Commission buyers Campbell Ross and Duncan Brown were active for northern orders.
"There were some pretty handy lines of heifers and steers, in the mid 300kg range they were into the 600c/kg."
"We had steers there at 278kg, they were $1910 or 687c/kg."
"There was a little bit of competition to put heifers back out into the paddock, but most of them went out to feedlots."
D Gellert sold eight Angus steers, 659kg, for $3020 or 458c/kg.
Glenlogie Family Trust sold 15 Murdeduke-blood steers, 523kg, 18-20 months, for $3340 or 638c/kg.
Laravale sold 31 Angus steers, 478kg, for $2900, or 606c/kg and a further pen of 36 steers, 468kg, for $2780 or 594c/kg.
BJ & GA Hayes sold 11 Angus steers, 433kg, for $2500 or 577c/kg.
Their seconds, eight steers, 326kg, sold for $2400 or 736c/kg while the third pen of six, 225kg, sold for $1700 or 755c/kg.
Ashgrove sold 55 Murdeduke/High Spa-blood steers, 434kg, for $2570 or 592c/kg.
M Brierly sold 10 Tibooburra-blood steers, 451kg, for $2580 or 572c/kg.
D & A Clifford sold nine Hereford steers, 428kg, for $2380 or 556c/kg and seconds, seven steers, 306kg, for $2280 or 748c/kg.
K Granger sold nine Hereford steers, 399kg, for $2290 or 574c/kg.
Wylie & Co sold 29 Merridale-blood steers, 430kg, for $2530 or 588c/kg.
DJ Woodward sold 13 Angus steers, 303kg, for $2170 or 716c/kg.
Greenbank Partners sold nine Angus steers, 300kg, for $2300 or 767c/kg.
Denis and Linda Beddoe sold 11 Connamara-blood steers, 381kg, for $2380 or 625c/kg.
D Bergamin sold five Charolais steers, 431kg, for $2470 or 573c/kg.
Tiarna sold a pen of 13 Tiarna-blood steers, 339kg, for $2300 or 678c/kg.
Their pen of six, 293kg, sold for $2050 or 700c/kg.
S&L Owen sold 18 Angus steers, 317kg, for $2160 or 681c/kg.
Wombat Dam sold 11 Angus steers, 285kg, for $1990 or 698c/kg.
Leon Currie sold seven Adameluca-blood steers, 286kg, for $2020 or 706c/kg.
B & R Edwards sold 10 Murray Grey steers, 220kg, for $1600 or 727c/kg.
Coliban Heights sold a pen of 11 Angus steers, 230kg, for $1850 or 804c/kg.
Morning Calm sold a pen of five LKK-blood steers, 217kg, for $1790 or 825c/kg.
Roo Valley sold five Stretch Limousin-blood steers, 251kg, for $1740 or 693c/kg.
K Butler sold a pen of four Murray Grey steers, 100kg, for $600 or 600c/kg.
JP Mangan sold a pen of 19 Hereford steers, 225kg, for $1700 or 755c/kg.
LA & MB Jones sold four Black Baldy steers, 452kg, for $2600.00, p 575c/kg.
Daelroem Angus sold 29 Angus steers, 429kg, for $2530 or 589c/kg.
Fairview Estate sold 10 Angus steers,354kg, for $2270 or 641c/kg.
E Comelli sold 13 Angus steers, 270kg, for $2060 or 762c/kg.
Overton Park sold six Pathfinder-blood heifers, 520kg, for $2180 or 419c/kg.
Williams Brothers sold 12 Angus heifers, 448kg, for $2420 or 540c/kg.
Pental Island Produce sold a pen of 18 Angus heifers, 388kg, for $2150 or 554c/kg.
David Ross sold 23 Banquet-blood heifers, 374kg, for $2150 or 575c/kg.
Killworth Cattle Co sold six Red Angus heifers, 316kg, for $1600 or 506c/kg.
IG & HM Matthews sold a pen of six Angus heifers, 407kg, for $2260.
Weatherby Downs sold 40 Barwdidgee-blood Angus heifers, 364kg, for $2400 or 659c/kg.
Bergamin sold 11 Angus heifers, 353kg, for $2030 or 575c/kg.
Wunderleigh Partnership sold 15 Te Mania-blood heifers, 336kg, for $1910 or 568c/kg.
Andretto sold 15 Angus heifers, 297kg, for $1780 or 599c/kg.
Crossroads Angus sold 18 Crossroads-blood heifers, 289kg, for $1940 or 671c/kg.
Sucklings Farming sold 14 Angus heifers, 312kg, for $1880 or 602c/kg.
Kambovski sold a pen of 15 Banquet-blood heifers, 315kg, for $1880 or 597c/kg.
Mt Bolton Estate sold seven Angus heifers, 267kg, for $1620 or 607c/kg.
RC Gilbert sold 10 Black Baldy heifers, 203kg, for $1420 or 700c/kg.
Morning Calm sold 13 Langi Kal Kal-blood heifers, 209kg, for $1550 or 741c/kg.
JP Mangan sold 14 Angus heifers, 214kg, for $1550 or 724c/kg.
Lake Goldsmith sold nine Angus heifers, 379kg, for $2110 or 556c/kg.
F & M Candeloro sold 10x10 Angus cows and calves, sixth calvers with 1-2 month old Angus calves at foot for $3050.00.