In pictures: top of €2.92/kg at Roscrea female fatstock show and sale
The trade was described as defying beef price pressure with factory agents, butcher and wholesale buyers all competing for slaughter-fit cows and heifers.
Beef prices lagging €70 to €150 behind 2017 levels
Higher throughput remains a dominant feature of the trade with the supply-demand balance firmly rooted in factories favour.
Ringside comment: slow start to spring mart trade
In suckler areas, numbers are a little slower to come out, but calf numbers are ramping up in dairy areas.
What's on in the marts in the coming weeks
A guide to special and upcoming sales in the marts in the coming weeks around the country.