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High prices paid for superlevy calves

Demand for calves is continuing unabated, with high prices being paid for so-called superlevy calves and strong continental bull calves.

Friesian bulls full to the brim with milk made top prices of up to €400/hd in the past week, while up to €800 was paid for a Charolais bull only a month old.

In Fermoy, Friesian bulls made €150-360/hd, with the top prices paid for strong, well-fed bull calves from over-quota farms.

Angus bull calves made €300-450/hd and Angus heifers sold for €220-400/hd, while Hereford heifers sold for €240-385/hd.

With 1,000 calves on offer at Bandon Mart, Friesian bulls sold for €145-380/hd and Friesian heifers achieved €350-500/hd.

Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €280-520/hd, while heifers made €220-525/hd.

Kilkenny Mart recorded average prices of €280-320/hd for Friesian bull calves, but the strongest bulls on offer sold for €360/hd.

Strong farmer demand was a feature at Kilmallock, where 1,054 calves were sold.

Friesian bulls made €160-370 and heifers sold for €390-500/hd.

Demand for Continentals was keen, with €700/hd paid for a one-week-old Charolais bull and €375-650/hd paid for Belgian Blue bulls and heifers.

Enniscorthy Mart is expecting a surge of superlevy bull calves for this week's sale but this did not dampen demand for calves, when farmers paid €200-400/hd for stock.

Exporters were confined to buying just a handful of smaller calves at €120-170/hd.

In Ballina, Limousin bulls sold for €280-540/hd and heifers made €280-595/hd.

Friesian bull prices in Kingscourt Mart were marginally higher at €120-220/hd.

Farmers at Carrigallen Mart were very keen to snap up calves, with prices of €340-650/hd generally being paid for Continental bulls.

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