14 April 1995

Similar crop in 95

THIS years calf crop is expected to be similar to 1994, said Clarke Willis of Dalgety Agriculture.

"What is not known is how great will be the reduction in the number of calves exported," he said. "If it is fewer, more exporters are likely to concentrate on purebred Holstein Friesian bull calves, as they are cheaper than Contin-ental crosses. Nevertheless, the number of purebred bull calves staying in the UK is likely to rise."

He suggested that if exports were halved, 200,000 extra calves would remain in the UK, increasing bobby calf slaughterings. He predicted 70,000 each of purebred bull calves, beef cross bull calves and beef cross heifers. &#42