Calf trade regains strength.

Enniscorthy Mart

During the weekly calf sale in Enniscorthy last week, Hereford calves sold very well, ranging from €140 for the lighter heifers up to €330 for a good Hereford heifer with the tops paid for a Hereford heifer being €515; their male counterparts ranged from €170 up to €360.

This four week old heifer cross calf sold for €515
  • One four-week-old Hereford-cross heifer made €330
  • One three-week-old Hereford-cross heifer made €270
  • One three-week-old Hereford-cross bull made €360
This Three week old bull calf sold for €360

Summing up the mart manager stated: “Overall, another big sale and a better trade throughout for all calf types. The suck calves in general remain in big demand from local farmers all looking for those good quality calves.”

*** Report & photo credit to Brian McDonnell, Agriland, March 25th 2022 at 6.10am.

Thurles Mart

During the weekly calf sale in Thurles; Mart manager Martin noted that farmer-buyers are more active for coloured calves and said “there have been very few farmers buying Friesian bull calves in comparison with other years”. Hereford bull calves made as much as €380 on the day.

This February born Hereford bull made €380

Martin also noted that last year, a lot more farmers were rearing small numbers of calves due to family members at home from the Covid-19 lock down and many of these smaller buyers are not active this year.

*** Report & photo credit to Breifne O’Brien, Agriland, March 27th 2022 at 2pm.

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