There was 1,350 calves on offer in Bandon this week and it appears there is no let-up in calf prices.
Sailing disruptions in the first half of March created a little uncertainty and it would be fair to say there was a bit of nervousness surrounding the price for this week’s export-type Friesian calves.
Fortunately, seas calmed and boats got away on Saturday, which played a part in reducing the numbers and prices for shipping-type Friesian bull calves held well.
This week saw most sell in the €40 to €85 range.
Again, the demand for the stronger and squarer Friesian bull calf saw prices of up to a top of €220 paid.
The bulk of British Friesian bull calves saw strong farmer activity and mainly sold from €90 to €130.
There’s a fierce want for calves at the moment
Beef crosses from Jersey crossbred cow herds sold for similar prices to those British Friesian bull calves, with a shake more available for those from continental bulls.
Jersey-cross and lighter Friesian bull calves, as well as half-twin Friesian heifer calves, sold for under €40.
The demand for beef calves hasn’t let up this spring and this week was no different.
As one patron outside the mart summed it up: “There’s a fierce want for calves at the moment.”
The bulk of Angus and Hereford are making €190 to €260.
At the very top end, there is up to €290 to €370 available for calves under six weeks.
A word of caution on that - that price is going for the really strong calf and they are seeing a flurry of online bidding, which is driving up the price early when the calf is in the ring.
Continentals continued their strong vein of form, with up to €455 available and a good few bulls and heifers selling from €300 to €400.