Heavy rain on Saturday morning meant there were plenty of farmers packed around the ringside at Balla Mart. Demand was still strong, but there were more lesser-quality stock on offer, which were not met with as strong a trade. That said, the prices paid for top-quality cattle were still very strong.

Bullocks over 600kg sold mainly from €2.10/kg to €2.20/kg for average-quality types. Top-quality bullocks made close to €2.40/kg, which is well up on the same sale last year.