Calf prices have been strong in recent weeks, with demand at some centres outstripping supply as continuing confidence in the beef sector and an overall shortage of cattle continue to drive prices.
Yesterday’s sale at Carlisle saw more than 280 calves go under the hammer, with a top call of £490 for a Limousin cross bull calf from M and K Palmer, Maryport. Next best was a British Blue cross bull calf at £480 with Charolais crosses reaching £465 and Angus crosses hitting £440 and Hereford selling to the same level.
Trade for black-and-white bull calves was also strong, with a jump in demand and some buyers unable to fulfil their needs. Top among these was a Holstein bull calf at £365. Best of the heifers was a British Blue at £480, with others of the same breed at £470.
At Bakewell on Monday trade was equally as strong, with British Blue bulls selling to £428 from Messrs Furness, Wheston, while the best of the heifers was another Blue from Matkins of Idridgehay at £342.
Demand for the native breeds was once again extremely fierce and this saw the 11 Friesian bulls average yet higher at £106, peaking at £208 for a calf from Mr Critchlow, Sheen. The Holsteins forward averaged £87, with a month old bull calf from Furness and Taylor selling for £220. A good show of 12 Hereford bulls averaged £198, with a stunning calf out of a Blue cow realising £352.
In addition, J Furness, Elton, had Angus bulls to £279, and a Longhorn from Messrs Potter, Yeaveley, at £242. A Hereford heifer from P Furness, Wormhill, realised £220.