Mart trade: Export demand for young stock buoyant
Dutch and Spanish dealers driving 44pc seasonal rise in calf exports
Live shippers were still active in the marts this week for calves as the buoyant export trade for young stock continued.
Calf exports to the first week of May were running 44pc ahead of last year, with exports up from 56,368 to 81,087. This is an increase of close to 25,000 head.
In Bandon Mart, the increased exporter activity has provided an outlet for the bigger numbers of calves on offer.
Mart manager Tom McCarthy said calf numbers at the mart were up around 10pc to the end of April, with close to 18,500 sold to date. That is an increase of close to 1,800 head.
Mr McCarthy said shippers were still giving between €80 and €150 for young Friesian calves, while stronger lots were making to a top of €250/hd in exceptional cases.
Farmer buyers were back in the market for Hereford and Angus cross calves off the dairy herd - with the higher prices for store cattle persuading many buyers to opt for younger stock.
These bull calves were six to eight weeks old and generally made between €300 and €400/hd. However, the top lots made €420-430/hd.
Shippers dominate the trade for good quality continental calves, with some fancy prices paid.