High EBI heifers hit €1,700/hd
British dairy farmers are reported to be offering €1,400-1,700/hd for spring-calving heifers from high EBI herds.
While Irish agents have been active in putting loads of heifers together for some British farmers, there have also been instances of buyers visiting yards in search of suitable stock.
Although the trade this autumn is slightly easier than last year, one buyer from west Cork who did not wish to be named said he had put together two consignments of heifers over the past two months.
He said the British farmers were after heifers for spring-calving herds. In the main, they are looking for stock which was bred to milk off grass.
Milk producers in Wales and England were keen to get high EBI herds as they have no comparable index in Britain.
A shortage of suitable heifers in Britain and higher prices have been factors in driving demand for Irish dairy stock.
However, buyers here pointed out that the rate of dairy conversions in Britain had slowed this year, while milk prices had also fallen back.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has confirmed that there were no offers from traders to buy any of the butter or skim milk powder (SMP) held in intervention stores.