THE strong Australian dollar took the gloss off dairy cow prices at Victorian saleyards last week.
Prices at most selling centres dropped however this could be attributed to plainer-quality yardings, according to National Livestock Reporting Service analyst Tom Mannix.
Slightly less than half the state's cow yarding was made up by dairy cattle - 1271 of 2676 head.
Heavy D2-score cows at Pakenham rose 2c/kg to average 154c/kg and this, along with prices at Warrnambool, were the only higher values recorded last week.
At Warrnambool, prices across all dairy cow categories improved bar the heavy weight D2-score cows which remained firm.
Light E1-score cows averaged 102c/kg, while medium-weight D2-scores averaged 131c/kg, up 5c/kg on the previous week.
Heavyweight D2 cows averaged 128c/kg at Colac, while at Camperdown they averaged 138c/kg, 8c/kg cheaper.
At Leongatha, most dairy cows were in poor condition. Medium-weight E1-scores sold from 110c/kg to 130c/kg to remain firm and average 123c/kg.