Numbers remained steady, with 1,350 going through the ring in Bandon Mart at this week's sale.
The perennial supply and demand trends of spring calf sales continued, with a falloff in the number of Friesian bull calves on offer and a steady rise in Angus- and Hereford-crosses.
This resulted in Friesian prices holding, while the numbers getting into the top-end prices for the traditional beef breeds declined slightly.
That’s not to say those higher prices weren’t available - it’s just the numbers gaining them were back.
Prices for lighter calves in the earlier lots of Friesian bull calves were lower than expected and resulted in a few more being resold in comparison to recent sales.
It was a good decision by the sellers, as prices improved slightly as the sale progressed.
The main run of export-type Friesian bull calves made from €50 to €80, while farmer demand continued for the stronger Friesian calf.
Numbers of these were back compared with the last few weeks and prices for them went from €90 to €150. A select few sold for over this price range.
The reduction of Friesian bull calves may have resulted in a slight lift at the lower end of the market, with Jerseys and Jersey-crosses making up to €30 on occasion.
Exporters continued to be active for Angus calves, with €170 to €240 the going rate for a high proportion of those and Hereford calves, in particular those from three to five weeks of age.
At the upper end of the traditional beef-cross calf spectrum, up to €360 was available across bulls and heifers.
Angus and Hereford calves from Jersey-cross dairy herds continued to sell for similar money to the British Friesian bull calves.
Continentals, while providing a splash of colour, remained scarce, but performed well, with up to €430 available for bulls and a good proportion of heifers making €300 to €400.
Lighter continentals, especially those with Jersey-cross breeding in the background, sold for under €300.