Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

Calf trade still strong as all prices hold firm

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

The trade for suck calves remains extremely strong, with six to eight-week-old continental bulls making €450-€600/hd.

The live shippers are struggling to compete with farmer buyers as prices for all classes of stock continue to hold firm.

In Kilmallock, calf prices are running €95/hd up on the same week last year. Base price for Friesian bull calves was €140/hd -- the same calves would have made €30-50/hd last year -- while older stock were making to €200. Three-week-old British Friesian bull calves sold for €340-350/hd.

In Skibbereen Mart last Friday, the trade for Friesian bull calves was slightly easier for plainer stock, with the general run making €130-160/hd. Better quality Friesian bulls were making €200/hd.

Angus and Hereford bulls sold for €305-420/hd, while Hereford and Angus heifers made €250-350/hd.


There was massive demand for the beef calves on offer. Limousin and Charolais bull calves that were up to two months old sold for €450-600/hd. Heifers made €300-500/hd.

At Enniscorthy Mart, Friesian bulls sold for €130-220/hd, while fancier lots made €230-330/hd. Angus and Hereford heifers made €200-350/hd and up to €400/hd in exceptional cases.

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