From 1886 cattle sale yards occupied the southern side of Irvine Crescent. There was a round covered sale ring with adjacent yards, a small, well built shed, and holding paddocks down the slope of the hill. The horses and carts of the farmers would be tied along the fence opposite, on the northern side of Irvine Crescent. 

In the 1920s and 30s the sales were conducted every Monday.  It was a good source of business for the Yarra Flats Hotel. When Alan Brown started a market at Croydon in the 1930s he bought the Yarra Glen sale yards and closed them down in 1935. The advent of motor vehicles meant that animals could be trucked greater distances.