The Midland and Western Livestock Improvement Society held its elite pedigree sale in Carrick-on-Shannon in mid-December. The sale saw 179 bulls and heifers catalogued, of which a total of 128 were offered for sale, including cattle from the Limousin, Charolais, Simmental and Belgian Blue breeds.

Overall trade could be described as tough, with just under 45% finding new homes. Dangerous driving conditions that morning had a notable influence on the sale, with a small crowd in attendance. This, coupled with the possibility of a long winter with lack of sufficient fodder, led to buyer uncertainty. Four bulls sold to Scotland, with a further seven animals going North.