Calf and heifer prices remain strong, steady

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Prices for springing heifers at most recent auctions were near steady with last month. High-end springing heifers topped out in a range of $1,560 to $1,700 at the different locations. Demand for replacements has held strong, although declining milk prices could begin to weigh on heifer prices soon. Dairy calf prices remain firm. High-end calf prices topped out at $245 in Stratford, Wis. and at $340 at Sulphur Springs, Texas, reports Greg Scheer, dairy analyst with Doane Advisory Services in St. Louis, Mo.

 
Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (2/24/12)
$1,500-$1,700
$1,300-$1,485
NR
Stratford, Wis. (3/6/12)
$1,400-$1,675
$1,000-$1,400
$110-$245
Sulphur Springs, Texas (3/1/12)
$1,200-$1,560
$900-$1,200
$80-$340
New Holland, Pa. (2/29/12)
$1,450-$1,600
    $1,350-$1,375
NR


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