Calf exports to date in 2019 are running 40% ahead of 2018. By the end of last week, exports were 30,317 head, an increase of 8,612 calves.

However, higher exports have not been able to prevent the sharp fall in prices due to a combination of lower farmer demand and higher calf numbers. Prices this week are back €40 to €50 per head on 12 months ago.