There was a very different atmosphere at Kanturk Mart’s annual Christmas fatstock show and sale. The mood was boosted by buyers being back at the ringside and in a position to get a better view of cattle. Their return saw them compete with online bidders, with half of the 400 or so cattle on offer sold online.

While the fatstock side of the sale commanded the more eye-catching prices, at the bread and butter side of the Kanturk trade was the traditional beef-cross from the dairy herd.