The level of interest in the live export calf trade has not been as high for many years. With dairy calf births rising in the region of 120,000 head in 2015 and a further increase in calf births forecast for 2016, beef farmers are especially interested in how the trade performs in 2016.

Live export operators were delayed in commencing exports until the end of February in 2015, with many dairy farmers holding calves longer due to milk quota constraints.