YOUNG dairy stock was in demand at Warrnambool, with buyers prepared to pay between $1600-$1800 for quality commercial cattle.Older cows, those freshly calved and due from May-July, were harder to sell.
About 360 head were offered by Landmark on behalf of Dean and Philippa Christensen of Dixie.
Top price was $2200 for a four-year-old by Rexondi which produced 9186 litres in 295 days with a 3.7 per cent protein and 4 per cent butterfat. She was calving in August.
An run of two-year-old Holsteins by Bullbar, due to a Holstein bull in July sold to local interest for up to $1700.
February–April calved cows sold upwards of $1500, with the best of the young Holsteins sold for about $1600 and three cross-breds making $1700.
Mature cows attracted little interest and about 40 head where passed-in.
Young non-detectable-pregnant cows sold up to $1700 mostly to a Gippsland buyer.
The same buyer picked-up a lot of the August, September and October calving cows from upwards of $1550.
There was a lot of local demand for June-July calving cows.
Throughout the sale Landmark agents stressed to the 21 registered buyers about the value of the live export market and demand for Holstein calves.
Landmark auctioneer Gerard Delaney said young April-May calving cows sold well and said there was good demand for September calving cows as well as the non-detectable-pregnant cows, while noted older cows were harder to move.