Gortatlea Mart manager Maurice Brosnan said: “We’re seeing huge numbers in the last two weeks. I think it’s probably a bit of farmers held back selling stock during the summer and now we’re seeing lads selling weanlings and striking when the iron is hot, selling at very good prices.

This autumn-born Limousin-Belgian Blue heifer weighed 380kg and sold for €1,920 (€5.05/kg).