QUALITY cattle attracted a noticeable premium at Warragul today, while there was also strong demand for springers.Half-way through the 500 head sale, the top price was $1600 for a freshly-calved Holstein which was bought by Colac HF Richardson agent Paul Kerr.
It was a tough start with the first few lots of in-milk Holsteins and cross-breds struggling to crack $1000, but as lines of larger-framed Holsteins with neat udders entered the ring prices were consistently upwards to $1100.
A lot of the offering which sold from $1100-$1500 had been calved a week ago.
However, two-cross bred heifers, calved November and not rejoined, sold for $920.
Springing cows and heifers attracted a lot of attention with prices from $900 to $1500.
Three holstein heifers on-the-point of calving to a registered Holstein bull sold for $1480, while two about a month-off calving sold for $1260 and $1280 respectively.
A run of about 23 heifers joined to a Holstein bull offered by an export company and on the point of calving, sold from $800 to $1160.
Cattle were sold without breeding, production and joining details.