Improved seasonal conditions and a shortage of cattle across the country pushed prices for weaner calves above $2000 a head at the Mountain Calf Sales in Victoria’s high country this week.
Unlike previous years, it was hard to find a volume buyer in the mix as the hefty prices made it near impossible for large orders to be carried out.
In some cases, breeders were rewarded with more than a $250 premium on 2020 prices.
Consistent lines of calves – largely due to an abundance of feed throughout spring and summer – was also noted by many buyers and agents, who traveled from NSW, South Australia and all parts of Victoria to compete.
The five sales featured about 8000 calves from the high country with feedlotters out in force on calves with…