€1,470 for cull cows at Ballybay

Bullocks pushed up to €1,210, heifers made up to €1,340, bulls topped out at €1,510 and sucklers hit €1,300.

"Marts are now paying the price for the expansion of the dairy herd"

I think the day of livestock marts being the lifeblood of Rural Ireland is slowly dying out; the quality of cattle going through marts is declining rapidly , writes Michael Danagher (26).

WATCH: George Candler

George Candler began working as a trainee auctioneer in Kilkenny Co-opLivestock Mart in 1972 and has been a full-time employee since then. He also dominates the rostrum at pedigree sales.