Calf trade still strong as all prices hold firm
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.
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.