Over 500 lots of cattle went up for sale in Carlow mart on Monday (12th March) and trade was good as farmers begin to build their stock for grazing.
A large number of calves, over 260, were entered into the sale with nearly all of the calves selling under the hammer.
There was a large selection of Freisian bull calves, with the top prices exceeding €200 while the bulk ranged from €135 to €170.
Also dominating the calf ring was a large number of Angus. They averaged at €185, which is down a small bit from last year.
A number of cows with calves at foot were present, with a Limousine cow and calf reaching €1840, while a Charolais cow and calf reached €1730.
A 400kg Charolais bull averaged at €1175. Two heavy Charolais bullocks reached €1450 average while there was a rising price for Limousine bulls and bullocks.
Heifers were not huge in numbers but a 465kg Charolais heifer reached an average price of €1150.
Next sale is on the bank holiday Monday, 19th March.