Farm Ireland

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Calf trade still strong as all prices hold firm

Declan O'Brien

Published 22/02/2012 | 06:00

The trade for suck calves remains extremely strong, with six to eight-week-old continental bulls making €450-€600/hd.

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The live shippers are struggling to compete with farmer buyers as prices for all classes of stock continue to hold firm.

In Kilmallock, calf prices are running €95/hd up on the same week last year. Base price for Friesian bull calves was €140/hd -- the same calves would have made €30-50/hd last year -- while older stock were making to €200. Three-week-old British Friesian bull calves sold for €340-350/hd.

In Skibbereen Mart last Friday, the trade for Friesian bull calves was slightly easier for plainer stock, with the general run making €130-160/hd. Better quality Friesian bulls were making €200/hd.

Angus and Hereford bulls sold for €305-420/hd, while Hereford and Angus heifers made €250-350/hd.


There was massive demand for the beef calves on offer. Limousin and Charolais bull calves that were up to two months old sold for €450-600/hd. Heifers made €300-500/hd.

At Enniscorthy Mart, Friesian bulls sold for €130-220/hd, while fancier lots made €230-330/hd. Angus and Hereford heifers made €200-350/hd and up to €400/hd in exceptional cases.

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Angus and Hereford bulls sold for €250-450/hd.

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