If the heifer market is any indicator of the attitudes of U.S. dairy producers, those in the dairy industry are feeling pretty optimistic about current and future market prospects.  Easing feed costs; a strong export market; and positive milk futures through 2014 all may be contributing to that positive outlook.  Prices for both medium- and top-quality springers were either steady or up nationwide this month, with the healthiest bump in Pennsylvania.  Heifer calf prices also were steady to higher in all reviewed markets.

 
Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (9/13/13)
$1,400-1,700
$1,100-1,375
NR
Stratford, Wis. (10/3/13)
$1,300-1,525
$1,000-1,275
$75-135
Sulphur Springs, Texas (9/19/13)
$1,225-1,675
$1,000-1,200
$60-240
New Holland, Pa. (9/18/13)
$1,525-1,700
$1,350-1,475
$95-130