STRONGER than expected demand for spring-winter calved heifers and cows pushed prices to $1850.The dispersal of Jindivick farmer Rach Gregory's herd, mostly Holsteins, were sold to all Gippsland buyers and averaged $1230 across 215 cows and heifers.
Seventeen yearling heifers averaged $605 while 17 calves averaged $304.
The majority of the offering, 133 head, were winter-spring calved lots with half joined to an artificial sire however, Avonlea Holstein bulls had been running with the herd since the start of the month.
These averaged $1224.
Eighty-two lots calved in Autumn, the early autumn calving cows averaged $1297 while the later calving autumn cows averaged $1177.
The autumn calving heifers, mostly large-framed Holsteins with neat udders averaged $1292.
These were joined to artificial sexed semen sires Dalton and Halak and then depastured with a Jersey bull.
Alex Scott and Staff agent Neil Darby said the spring calvers sold "above expectations'' but there was less interest than what they anticipated in the autumn-calving portion.
Top price of $1850 was a September-calved seven-year-old by Goldbullion.
Rebecca Ford of Darnum picked up 18 autumn calvers paying up to $1550.
"It's a nice lovely quiet herd in good condition coming into summer and they are still giving plenty of milk,'' she said.
Rebecca and husband Dean sharefarm with her father Roger Tweddle and were chasing a few autumn-calving numbers before their heifers calved in spring.
She said the market was a bit dearer than the regular Warragul dairy sale a week earlier for the type of cows I was after.
Allan Salton from Drouin South bought 10 autumn calvers mostly at the top-end of the market.
He was particularly interested in the size and breeding of the animals and said the market was "about on the money'' but thought they might have made a bit more money.