Calf trade is off to a flier in January sales
Prices top €485 as buyers defy predictions of market collapse
A lively start to the calf trade has cast doubt on predictions that prices would collapse this spring.
Strong farmer and dealer demand for stock at Bandon Mart yesterday and at New Ross on Saturday resulted in a brisk trade with plenty of takers for good quality calves.
Jim Bush of New Ross Mart said the weekend calf sale was the best held at the Wexford centre in more than three years.
Although three shippers were present at Bandon Mart, just one was actively buying calves. However, stiff competition between farmers and dealers drove the trade for the 400 calves on offer.
Shipping-type Friesian bulls at Bandon sold from €50/hd to €120/hd, with heavier farmer-type calves making €120-170/hd.
Mart manager, Tom McCarthy, said autumn-born Friesians were in keen demand and made up to €250-260/hd.
Meanwhile, fancy prices were paid for the continental bulls on offer, with prices ranging from €400/hd to €470/hd.
There was a number of Hereford and Angus calves on offer. The bulls sold for €250-350/hd, while the heifers made from €210/hd to €340/hd.