Prices on rise for bull calves
As calving season approaches for most dairy herds, there are good signs for bull calf prices this spring. This is on the back of stronger prices in the main export markets for dairy calves in Holland and Spain, according to Bord Bia's Joe Burke.
The price rise has been largely driven by the increased flow of live cattle and beef to the newly opened market in Turkey.
This will come as a relief to dairy farmers as dairy calf registrations continue to rise. Last year, they hit 645,000hd, despite an overall decline in calf registrations. These calves were the main driver of an 18pc increase in Irish live exports in the past 12 months.
Calf shipments reached a record high of almost 160,000hd, representing 47pc of total live exports for the year.