Jan van Drie, managing director of the EU’s biggest veal producer, VanDrie Group, told the Irish Farmers Journal that he liked the quality and health of Irish calves but that Irish calf prices were currently too high compared with those on the continent. There is a plentiful supply of calves at present in the Netherlands and Germany, he said.

The Dutch-based firm finishes some 1.4m calves per year and exports veal to over 60 countries. Many of the Irish dairy calves exported each year go for finishing by the firm. WCC and Buitelaar Group are regular suppliers.