Friesian bull calf returns fall €10-40/hd
Prices for Friesian bull calves have fallen by €10-40/hd compared to last year, mart sources report.
An absence of calf exporters in the marts has been reflected in weaker prices for calves from the dairy herd.
Friesian bulls up to three weeks old sold for €110-140/hd, with older calves selling for up to €200-250/hd.
With farmers doing most of the buying, demand and prices for beef-type calves is said to be strong, albeit back a bit on 2012.
Prices of €270-350/hd have been paid for Hereford bulls and heifers, while Angus calves have sold for €220-300/hd.
The first of the Belgian Blue calves have sold for up to €450/hd and Charolais calves are also in demand at €450/hd.
Calf numbers are still low, with the real influx to the marts expected in the next fortnight.
Bandon Mart had 200 calves on offer this week, with prices of €110-140/hd paid for Friesian bulls of three weeks old and €140-200/hd paid for calves up to six weeks old. Older calves sold for €250-275/hd.