KERANG'S annual poultry and small birds auction has gone from strength to strength after another successful event on Monday.
The auction at Alexandra Park achieved sales numbers approaching the previous year's record result.
The annual Kerang District Agricultural Society event saw a total of 614 lots sold, compared with 650 the previous year, with 70 vendors selling to 148 registered buyers.
The highest price fetched was $255 for a pair of peacocks, belonging to Shane Gurnett, of Cohuna, and the highest amount fetched for chickens was $105 for three silver pencilled wyandottes belonging to Sue Pearce, of Cohuna.
The rate at which birds were auctioned also kept pace with the previous year's record, again reaching 144 birds auctioned per hour, according to society president and auctioneer Geoff Davey.
"I just kept it moving because I knew there were a fair few lots. To get through that many an hour - I know if you go to most chook sales, they just don't get through that many," he said.
The auction began at 10.30am sharp, with small birds the first to be offered for auction, and was finished by 2.45pm.
"It all went pretty well. Most sellers were happy - [although] the quality overall was probably not quite as good as previous years," he said.
The event attracted crowds from across the State, some just to browse, and some like Jan Sugden, of Korong Vale, with a goal in mind.
Ms Sugden successfully bid on two male cockatiels who will be taken home and set up with the two females she already has.
"It's our second time here. The goal is to breed them," she said.
Others were more interested in finding larger birds.
"I'm looking to buy some ducks to eat and breed," Barry Gurnett, of Lake Boga said.
"We come [to the auction] every so often."
With 90 pens of small birds and the remaining pens filled with larger birds, there were plenty to choose from.
The day is a key event in the society's annual calendar, with funds going towards sustaining the society's other events like the Kerang Show.
Only one thing marred the otherwise successful day, when Mr Davey learned that one attendee had been robbed.
"One lady had the tools from her ute's toolbox cleaned out," he said.
"It's the only downside to the day."