Friesian calves make up to €175/head, while continentals hit €440/head at Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy Mart held its weekly calf sale on Wednesday (November 25), which saw almost 100 calves presented for sale.

According to the assistant mart manager, Kevin Murphy, the number of genuine suck calves presented for sale is increasing while the number of reared, or almost reared, calves is dropping off.

He added: “There were a lot of quality calves on offer – all of which sold well. The online system is working very well as many of the buyers are well used to the system since we adopted to it last May.

Even though most buyers would prefer bidding ringside, the online system has facilitated trade during a very important and busy time for both farmers and marts.

“Online buying is here to stay and will provide increased competition among buyers as we return to the ring next week and for the foreseeable future. As a whole, the trade remains very strong for all types of calves.”

Looking at the trade, continental bull calves sold anywhere from €210/head for young calves up to €440/head for top-quality suck calves. Continental heifers ranged from €190/head up to €370/head on the day.

Sample continental calf prices:

  • One November-born Limousin bull calf sold for €440;
  • One November-born Limousin bull calf sold for €370;
  • One November-born Limousin heifer calf sold for €360;
  • Two October-born Limousin heifer calves sold for €310/head;
  • One October-born Simmental bull calf sold for €355;
  • One November-born Belgian Blue bull calf sold for €210.

Top-quality Friesian calves were scarce on the day but soft Friesians made from €75/head up to €175/head for better-quality Friesians that were a month-old.

 Sample Friesian calf prices:

  • One November-born Friesian bull calf sold for €175;
  • Two November-born Friesian bull calves sold for €160/head;
  • One October-born Friesian bull calf sold for €85;
  • Three November-born Friesian bull calves sold for €135/head;
  • Two November-born Friesian bull calves sold for €110/head.

‘Whitehead’ and Angus bulls ranged from €180/head up to a top price of €410/head for an October-born Angus, while heifers sold from €165/head up to €330/head.

Sample Hereford and Angus calf prices:

  • One October-born Hereford bull calf sold for €290;
  • One October-born Angus calf sold for €410;
  • One October-born Angus heifer sold for €330;
  • One November-born Hereford heifer sold for €250;
  • One October-born Angus heifer sold for €265.

Reared calves were less plentiful on the day and lacked quality, according to Kevin. Prices ranged from €320/head for poorer-quality Angus runners up to €470/head for Belgian Blue runners.

Sample reared calf prices:

  • Five April-born Belgian Blue heifers sold for €470/head;
  • Three May-born Angus heifer calves sold for €390/head;
  • Three May-born Angus heifers sold for €370/head;
  • Four April-born Angus heifers sold for €355/head.