THE opening day’s trade of 2018 at Goffs ensured that the year at Kildare Paddocks got off to a bright start as first session of the February Sale comfortably outperformed the corresponding day from 12 months ago.

From a slightly smaller catalogue, the session was able to make gains in all key areas with the turnover of just under €1.4 million and the €11,482 average both showing gains of 52%. The €6,000 median finished ahead by some 50 points, while the clearance rate for the day rose from 58 to 68%.