Covid-19: Limit of 70 per ring at Ennis

“Farmers are realising that calves have to be at least 3-weeks-old and well-fed.”

Lively trade for sheep at Kilkenny's first sale of 2020

George Candler reported a lively trade for sheep with up to €123 for lambs and up to €126 for cull ewes

Steady trade for cull cows at Elphin

A top call of €1,900 was forked out for a 390 kg Charolais.

2,000 sheep on offer at Baltinglass

There was a steady trade at Saturday's sheep sale, according to a spokesperson

Reduced factory quotes 'not helping the situation' - Candler

Butcher and factory-type lambs were easier by €2-€3/head

2,500 lambs on offer at Ballinrobe

"A huge amount of customers around for sheep' - McGuire

An excellent entry of dry cows at Ballymote

Heifers pushed from €280 - €600 over, while lambs sold from €45 - €59 over

Drop in cattle numbers at Ballinrobe

“As we enter the summer period, cattle numbers are reducing as is the quality of stock on offer,” - McGuire

Suckler pairings top out at €1,560 at Maam Cross

Pictures: "With numbers holding very steady, Maam Cross mart had another high clearance."

Heifers top out at €1,320 at Ballinrobe

“A fine sale of quality cattle on offer, accompanied by an equally fine day and an equally fine trade" - McGuire

Trade holds well for quality weanlings at Ennis

Some 800 lots went under the hammer, with up to €140 paid for Friesian calves, while Continentals sold to €260. Runners topped out at €860 and suckler pairs peaked at €1,810.

Hoggets peak at €125/head at Kilkenny

“Smaller numbers may well be as a result of the very cold spring where considerable losses were recorded and when grass became scarce last summer, many sheep farmers had to sell lambs earlier than usual”