A total of 2022 cattle were on offer, including cows and calves, that reached a top of $1530.
Landmark Leongatha was one of the strongest buyers stocking up in anticipation of a good season ahead.
Leongatha agent Terry Ginnane said Ballarat was always popular with Gippsland buyers, and he had followed up big purchases last month with 400 head again this month.
Of those cattle bought by Gippsland farmers, none went to agistment.
"There's still a lot of people who haven't started buying yet, but with warmer, longer days coming in I'd anticipate more purchases," Mr Ginnane said.
Ballarat agent Leo White said Friday's sale was "very good" with more lighter cattle present, reflecting the harsh winter.
"But it was still a very firm sale on last month," he said.
"If anything, the joined females were tougher to sell."
A pen of Angus made the top price of the steer sales, with $890 paid for 13 from P Carthew, Moyston, going to Landmark Leongatha.
The top Hereford steer prices went to JM&RE Coutts, Evansford, who sold six, averaging 384.2kg, at $765, while RL&AH Rollinson also sold Hereford steers, five 12-14-month-olds at $645, and 18 Hereford heifer weaners at $550.
J&R Anderson sold four Shorthorn steer weaners, 9-10 months, at $520, while their three Shorthorn heifer weaners made $405.
Waddell Livestock, Mt Beckworth, sold 11 Charolais heifers at $595, while buying a pen of Cahrolais steers at $700.
MT Freebairn sold nine Limousin-cross steers at $640, and 14 Limo-cross heifers at $598.
Karingal Enterprises offered two lots of depastured heifers, with 12 Angus selling at $880 to T&R Pastoral, while the second pen of four black baldies reached $935.
WH Thomas & Partners, Cranmore, held a part dispersal at Ballarat, offering 28 redepastured Angus second calvers, with March-April calves-at-foot.
The Coolana and Banquet-blood units sold to $1530.
S Toohey sold a pen of 14 Angus cows at $865.
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