Around 1,000 calves were traded in MartBids marts over the last week, with Kilkenny Mart, Ennis Mart in Co Clare and Carnew Mart in Co Wicklow putting through large numbers.

Giving a breakdown on numbers, over 60% of those calves were male. By breed, as expected, there has been a growing proportion of dairy-beef-bred calves as calving wind down on dairy farms.