The past week has seen another increase in the supply of calves around the country. The average price paid for Friesian bulls continues to weaken slightly. The ICBF database has recorded sale data for 1,340 Friesian bull calves in the past week, with average prices of €102/head.

Light calves continue to sell from €70 to €80 in many areas, with better-quality calves making from €90 to €110. Farmers selling direct off-farm are making deals from €70 to €90/head for large groups of bull calves. Strong aged calves continue to make from €120 to €150, with farmer buyers still quite active. Exporters have stepped into the market, but the numbers secured so far remain small.