Sunshine and warm weather brought out the buyers for the store sale at the South West Victorian Livestock Exchange on Thursday with over 1500 head sold under the hammer.
Returning stock agents association president Anthony Mahony said the Warrnambool sale had good numbers even though it was "off the boil" from the previous month.
"I don't think we quite had the quality we had last month, weighed beef bred steers were up to 20 cents cheaper but our open auction beef bred steers sold very strongly because they were pretty light. If they can get good rains eventually in New South and Queensland and stop the flow of cattle the job will stay very strong," Mr Mahony said.
"We are enjoying the rain in the western district at the moment but you don't need to go too far north before it peters out."
Mr Mahony said it was good to see Warrnambool City Council chief executive officer Peter Schneider make his first visit to the SWVLX.
"It was good to get him to come and have a look at the facilities," he said.
"This is one of the WCC's major assets. We are looking forward to them commencing work on the new roof over the dirt pens really soon.
"We are just waiting for them to start. Hopefully they will get it under way in the next five or six weeks."
Orford beef farmer John Gapes, who attended the sale with his son Andrew, said he was happy with how the season was looking.
"It's looking good, it's one of the better springs I have seen. So long as it doesn't peter out like it has the last few years we will be alright," Mr Gapes said.
"We have been averaging nearly an inch (of rain) a week since the start of September, so long as we don't get too much sun to dry it all out. The signs are sitting pretty good at the moment."
Tyrone farmer Adrian Johnson was happy with the sale of his Angus-Hereford cross steers.
"We sold 19 steers at $980 per head," Mr Johnson said. "The sale is where most have been, but (prices are) a little bit cheaper then last month.
Mr Johnson said cattle were still coming back into top condition after the winter.
"It's still pretty wet at home, which is a good thing, we shouldn't complain about the rains," he said.
"When we get rain in the north the demand will come back, the numbers will have to be depleted."
Cows and calves sold up to a top price of $1920. Cross-bred steers sold from $2 per kilogram, with a top of $2.30. Open auction performed well reaching a high of $920 per head.
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