Castlerea Mart in Co Roscommon had a good entry of 91 dry cows at last Thursday’s sale. There was a sharper atmosphere around the ring, with interest from Northern buyers also adding extra competition to the trade.

Analysis of MartBids prices shows the top third of cows averaging €1.81/kg. This includes a selection of U grading cows, which ranged in price from €1.85/kg to €1.95/kg.