AUCTIONEER James Kyle was hoarse at the end of the SEJ Feature Sale at VLE Leongatha on Friday.
Even with the microphone he had to shout over the wondrous sound of rain on the big tin roof.
With rain falling across South Gippsland all day, the farmers came out in force for the third annual feature store sale where around 2570 head were sold.
Prices were excellent with abattoirs and feedlotters snapping up better quality and re-stockers competing on the smaller and younger pens.
Mr Kyle said the annual feature sale was “very pleasing”.
“We couldn’t have timed the rain any better,” he said.
“I got home to Korumburra and we’d had 20mm.
“Everyone’s been waiting for this rainy day; I’m not sure the rain influenced the market, but I think it was a positive in the back of everyone’s minds.”
Top pens went to above $1500; Andrew Ritchie from Arawata topped out with 10 Hereford shorthorn steers at $1580.
Top pens of calves sold to $925, the average (260) to $810.
Heifers (121) made an average of $650, and steers (around 2000 head) averaged $1080.
Mr Kyle thanked the vendors, especially those who held cattle over specifically for the feature sale and presented their cattle in ideal condition.
“We hope everyone does well out of the cattle they bought and we hope to see them next year,” Mr Kyle said.
Prices rise as rain falls