Calf exports have now passed 70,000 head and are running some 10% ahead of last year. Demand in Holland has been strong. But the attention of the country’s seven major exporters will increasingly switch to sending stronger calves to Spain and Italy.

William O’Keeffe from Charleville, Co Cork, exports mostly to Holland and Spain. He buys most of them directly off farms across Munster as well as some mart sales.