Exports fall by 35pc as calf prices rocket
The sharp increase in calf prices in the marts has resulted in a major fall-off in the export trade and led to an increase in enquiries for imported stock.
Live exports have fallen by 35pc since the start of the year. Department of Agriculture figures show that calf exports up to the middle of April stood at 56,500 head compared to 87,500 for the same period last year.
Carlow-based live exporter Adam Buitelaar said that he was selling as many calves at home this year as he was exporting.
However, he said that he had more enquiries this year for Dutch pedigree Holstein Friesian heifers from farmers who were expanding their dairy operations or from new entrants who were looking for stock.
The €600-650/hd.heifers are five or six months old, are full pedigree and fully tested for IBR, BVD and Johne's Disease.