Baltinglass Mart hosted its weekly sale on Wednesday, with 80 cattle going through the scales.
Of these, 85% found new homes.
However, mart manager Joe Kinsella said there was a definite response by buyers to the reduced grass growth over the past two weeks.
Scarcity of grass
He said: “I don’t think trade was as free as last week. The scarcity of grass was definitely having an effect on people buying online today.
"We have got rain the last 24 to 48 hours, so no doubt that will help, but it had gotten very harsh before that.”
That said, there was still bite for the better-quality lots on offer.
Bullocks under 30 months were strongest
Better-quality bullocks under 30 months proved the strongest of these, with prices rising to €2.65/kg.
This was paid for an 18-month-old Charolais bullock that weighed 480kg and sold for €1,270.
In general, these better-quality bullocks weighing between 450kg and 550kg sold for between €2.30/kg and €2.50/kg.
Lighter bullocks, which generally originated from the dairy herd, sold around the €2/kg mark, with slightly more achievable for the small numbers of Angus-crosses on offer.
Younger bullocks pushing closer to the year mark secured a bigger premium, with one batch of five May- and June-born Limousin bullocks selling to over €2.80/kg.
Heifer stock wasn't as plentiful and were generally more average-type stock.
Charolais- and Limousin-bred heifers under 400kg sold up to €2.40/kg, but, in general, hovered around the €2.30/kg mark.