There was a big turnout in Bandon Mart, with just under 1,700 calves going through the west Cork sales ring this week.
Numbers rose about 25% on last week and were ahead of this time last year.
Dairy bull calves were the backbone of the sale, with a strong showing of Angus and Hereford calves backing them up.
A consistent for this year has been the ability of the strong, well-done calves to be at the top end of their respective breed price ranges.
Three to five weeks old was the commonest age range and anything younger than that was generally on the back foot in terms of price.
The top end of the dairy bull calf trade saw British Friesian-type bull calves compare favourably with the lower reaches of traditional beef-cross prices. Strong Friesians were bought at prices from €195 back to €95.
Export type-Friesian bull calves sold from €35 to €80 per head.
Lighter Friesians and Jersey crossbred bull calves sold for below this price range, making from €5 to €30. There was a small selection of Friesian heifer calves suitable for breeding and these sold for up to €385.
Traditional beef breed bull and heifer calves sold from €250 to €350. The middle prices for these tended to go from €250 back to €185. While at the lower end, the lighter Angus and Hereford remained a solid if unspectacular seller. Those with Jersey-cross background were selling for similar money to the mid-range Friesian bull.
Continental calves continue to be thin on the ground but this scarcity helps their demand. Bulls made up to €510, while heifers sold for up to €400.