This week saw a decline in the numbers entered at Ballyjamesduff Mart’s weekly calf sale on Wednesday, March 11.
Following strict Covid-19 health and safety protocols, AgriLand attended this week’s sale to get an insight into how calves were trading at the Cavan-based mart.
On the day, 139 calves were presented for sale. There was a good mix of both young and reared types on offer.
The bulk of the calves on offer consisted of Angus and Hereford-cross types. There was a good showing of Friesian and Jersey calves also present.
There were only a small number of continental-cross calves on offer; however, these lots were in strong demand.
- Angus bull calves: ranged from €120-295;
- Angus heifer calves: ranged from €165-225;
- Charolais bull calves: ranged from €370-540;
- Limousin bull calves: ranged from €270-280;
- Limousin heifer calves: ranged from €270-305;
- Hereford bull calves: ranged from €255-290;
- Hereford heifer calves: ranged from €255-265;
- Belgian Blue bull calves: ranged from €280-350;
- Friesian bull calves: ranged from €10-145;
- Reared Friesian bull calves: ranged from €255-340;
- Jersey crosses: ranged from €4-26.
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Starting off with continental-cross calves, these types sold from €270/head up to €540/head. Hereford and Angus-cross calves sold from €120/head up to €295/head.
Moving to the Friesian calves, plainer types sold from €10/head up to €70/head, while stronger Friesians calves sold from €75/head up to €145/head.
Preceding the weekly calf sale was the dairy sale with 15 entries, with a mix of freshly-calved cows and maiden heifers.
The breeds present included Friesians, Jersey crossbreds and some Ayrshires. Prices ranged from €2,440 for a three-week-calved Friesian cow with an economic breeding index (EBI) of €149 to €1,460 for a freshly-calved Jersey crossbred cow.
The maiden heifers consisting of mainly Friesians, made from €690 to a top price of €870.