Demand for sucklers continues to be strong, with lots of customers for top of the range outfits.

Carrigallen Mart held a special suckler sale on Monday which included dispersals of herds from two Co Cavan farmers.

Top call of the night went to a May 2018 Belgian Blue heifer. She has a five-star replacement index of €113 and was scanned in calf to a Limousin stock bull with her time up in mid-March. She sold for €3,100.

A price of €3,060 was paid for a 2015-born four-star Belgian Blue/Limousin-cross cow with her time up in March to a Limousin bull.

The general run of young cows made between €1,800 and €2,400.

This April 2017-born Limousin cow sold with her January 2021 Limousin bull calf for €2,250.

This 2016-born Belgian Blue cow sold with her January 2021-born bull calf for €2,180.

This March 2014-born Limousin-cross cow sold with her January 2021-born bull calf at foot for €2,220.

Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, Carrigallen Mart manager Helen Kells said: “We were inundated all week with enquiries about the sale with a lot of Northern Interest.

“All cows sold well on the night, with cows going to surrounding counties and a few crossing the border for export. There is always great interest in top-quality suckler outfits at this time of year.’’

Commenting on the cattle trade in general, Helen said: “We’re starting to see grass purchasers venture out, especially from counties Westmeath and Meath where cattle can be turned out early.

“Buying for the ANC stocking rate requirement has also started, with the recent good weather also helping things a little.

“We had over 400 calves in the mart on Saturday with very good farmer activity for Hereford and Angus calves. Friesian calves were back a little with younger lighter calves a little harder to sell.’’

Carrigallen holds its annual show and sale of bullocks on Thursday 4 March followed by its show and sale of heifers on Thursday 11 March.