Locals snapped up most of the offering at the first stage herd dispersal at Koonwarra on Monday, where prices hit $2,500.
The dispersal of Rohan & Sue Kerr’s herd resulted in an $1,702 average for 207 commercial Holsteins.
The herd was split between autumn and spring calving, with up to 70 heifers calving in the spring.
The top price cow was a fresh calved five year old by Buddha, which was bought by locals L & R Roberts, as part of the 15 they bought for a $2,299 average.
Other volume buyers included Glen and Rose Atherton from Drouin who were strong buyers on the Autumn Calvers, picking up 27 head for an average of $2,118.
The MacAulays of Yarram picked up 15 fresh calved cows for an average of $2,049, while AC & KJ Estcourt from Cohuna bought 23 head averaging $1,600 – these buyers took mostly Autumn Calvers.
There was as much demand for Autumn and Spring Calvers, with the lower prices of $1,400-$1,500 paid for smaller heifers or cows that were “a fraction older”.
It was a “true herd dispersal” of good quality, cattle made a difference to demand.
The local season in South Gippsland also helped.
This sale was conducted by Flanagan Marketing Services, in conjunction with SEJ.