New Ross Mart manager Richard Kirwan said he never witnessed anything like the trade for sheep and freshly calved heifers in their sale on Monday.
Factory agents were even fitter than recent weeks for hoggets, with prices up on average by €2 to €3.
Quality is becoming significantly more variable and this was reflected in prices paid.
At the higher end of the market, well-fleshed hoggets weighing 50kg to 60kg sold on average from €166 to €174, with a few lots of hoggets weighing around 70kg pushing prices to a top of €178 for Suffolk hoggets weighing 72.5kg.
Lighter lots weighing 45kg sold in the region of €150 to €158 depending on quality,.
The variation in quality was most evident in stores, with hoggets weighing around the 40kg to 42kg mark selling from €116 for plainer-quality crossbreds to €140 for the large batch of 41.5kg hoggets.
Butchers were back in force for spring lambs despite Easter passing, with a number of young and top-quality batches of fleshed lambs weighing 44kg to 47kg selling from €175 to €181.
A couple of lots of heavier but aged lambs sold around the €170 mark.
Lambs weighing 42kg to 43kg sold on average from €148 to €160, with quality more variable.
Cull ewes remain a fantastic trade and a strong record was set with a single ewe weighing 115kg selling for €205.
Other large-framed ewes weighing from 90kg to upwards of 100kg sold from €140 to €189.
Ewes weighing 65kg to 75kg sold from €85 upwards for lots lacking significant flesh to €100 to €120 for fleshed types.
A production sale of 53 freshly calved Friesian heifers offered by John Murphy, Clonroche, Co Wexford, met excellent demand, despite recent negativity among dairy farmers in the area due to Glanbia milk-supply issues.
The heifers, which weighed in general from 420kg to 500kg, averaged in excess of €2,000 per head.
There was a tight price range of €1,900 to €2,200, with only small numbers either side of this range and a top of €2,325 recorded.