Irish Farmers Journal
There were 1400 calves on offer this week in Bandon Mart.
Demand remained high for beef calves with many more calves presented for sale aged between one month and six weeks old which is adding to the continued good prices being earned for Hereford calves.
Hereford cross calves ranged from €250 – €350 in price with lighter calves capping at €250.
Mart manager, Tom McCarthy, at his last sale in Bandon commented that whitehead calves are “as dear today as they have been all Spring. You’re talking a month old bull calf at €300 and older ones are making abit more”.
Average prices were back this week according to ICBF data with Hereford bulls selling for an average price of €246 and heifers selling for an average of €219 – inevitable to happen as the volume of calves coming out increased but still steady prices holding their own.
The Society would like to wish Tom the very best of luck on his next venture & thank him for his help to date.
***Above Report & Photo accredited to Irish Farmers Journal dated 8th Mar 21 – ‘In Pictures’***
Reports from Agriland this week also confirmed strong demand for Hereford cross calves;
Carnew; Hereford and Angus heifers achieved prices of €80/head up to €325/head. Bulls with similar breeding sold from €360/head easing back to €130/head.
Ennis: Hereford bull calves were auctioned from €280/head up to €365/head. Heifers sold from €260/head back to €200/head.
Last week also seen a strong demand for Hereford calves according to Agriland’s reports;
Carrigallen: “The Hereford calves met a stronger trade, with bulls selling up to €320/head and back to €220/head. The heifer calves were selling from €200/head up to €350/head.
Waterford- Ross: “Angus and Hereford bull calves sold from €125/head up to €400/head. The heifer calves sold from €100/head up to €320/head.
Kilkenny: “Angus and Hereford bulls were selling from €130/head up to €340/head. Heifers with similar breeding sold from €305/head back to €120/head,” George concluded.
***Above Report accredited to Agriland dated 3rd Mar & 8th Mar 21***