A first-stage dairy dispersal sale averaged almost $3000 for Charles and Carolyn Smith of St Germains.
The Andes Holsteins and Eurarie Jersey herd sale grossed more than $400000 on Tuesday last week.
All but one of the 145 cows up for sale sold, with 122 Holsteins and 23 Jerseys paraded through the ring.
The Holsteins averaged $2966, with the top price cow, Lot 126, purchased by Cardinia’s Avonlea Holsteins for $10500, while Lot 148 sold for 10000 to Bruce Templeton, of Tarwin (south of Leongatha).
The 22 Jerseys sold for an average price of $1956, with Lot 92a topping prices at $7100. There were 52 registered buyers.
Vendor Mr Smith said the sale was as expected.
‘‘I was happy with the averages,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘Some cows underpriced but others made up the difference.
‘‘There’s always a bargain at an auction,’’ he said.
Dairy Livestock Services Northern Victorian agent Lee Hamilton said the sale was a success.
‘‘It was a great sale. They were as good-uddered cows as you’ll see. It’s a credit to the vendor,’’ Mr Hamilton said.
‘‘The crowd was a little lower than I expected but the really good cows went to owners who appreciate good cows,’’ Mr Smith said.
He said he was undecided on whether they would sell privately or go to auction for the next stage of their dispersal sale, but did say it would occur in autumn next year.