Buzz at Bandon ringside sparks price boost hope
While most marts hadn't yet restarted for the year, some good prices for calves at Bandon Mart yesterday may signal a good start for the year ahead.
Friesian bulls made from €70-150, continental bulls sold for €200-300, Angus and Whitehead bulls made from €60-200, while Continental heifers sold for €200-250 over.
Mart manager Tom McCarthy said there was plenty of farmer activity around the ringside at the sale.
However, he predicts exporters will again remain strong this year.
"The exporters are all gearing up to get back, and demand on the continent seems to be as strong as ever. There could even be an improvement this year," Mr McCarthy said.
"Hopefully, there will be a good strong trade for cattle this year but a lot of people are waiting to see how the new grading system will pan out."
Castleisland mart manager Richard Hartnett said the export trade was one of the few saving graces of last year and he hopes this will remain the case for the coming year.
Already, he said, there were strong indications that this would indeed be the case.