Dry conditions may have put a dampener on the result, but Eagle Ridge Holsteins’ Russell Eagle said he was glad to see 299 of his cows average $2356 at their sale on April 26.
The Finley dairy farmer and his wife Kerry made the decision to sell their farm and cows a number of months ago, with this sale the first stage of the dispersal.
Top price went to Bendara Dairies of Tandarra (40km north of Bendigo) who paid $8000 for eight-year-old EX 93 cow Eagle Ridge Contender L Polka.
‘‘Under the circumstances we’re pretty happy,’’ Mr Eagle said.
‘‘With the water situation and sitting on zero allocation this side of the river, everyone’s under a bit of pressure.
‘‘They were some good cows ... I never shied away from using the best genetics possible.’’
A large crowd turned up for the sale, with buyers travelling from across NSW.
Selling agents Dairy Livestock Services reported there was a very strong demand all the way through the six-hour sale, which grossed $707135.
Although the decision to leave the industry was tough, Mr Eagle said the water situation and constant work had taken its toll, and his children were not interested in taking over the family farm.
‘‘I love the dairy industry and I will miss it,’’ he said.
The second top-priced cow, Eagle Ridge Brokaw T Paula, sold for $7000 to Krishlaye Holsteins in South Gippsland. The same buyer also selected Eagle Ridge Brokaw Pauline, VG 88 backed by two EX dams, for $5750.
Third top price of $6250 was paid for Eagle Ridge Goldsun T Polly, which will join the well-known Calderlea herd of L. and L. Calder in Menniyan.
L. and K. Culton of Finley paid the fourth top price of $6000 for nine-year-old Eagle Ridge Shottle HD Polly.
The master breeder, high-production herd of Spunner Pastoral at Berrigan selected cows including Eagle Ridge Door Wood Polly at $4800 and Eagle Ridge Bradnick Legume, currently milking more than 53litres, for $4400.
Eagle Ridge CEO GWA Polka for $4500 and Eagle Ridge Aftershock G Polka 5 for $4000 sold to Eloora Pastoral Company of Blighty, who bought 27 lots at the sale.
Also staying local was Eagle Ridge Fever Y Tiffany, who sold for $4300 to the Luccombe herd.