Demand for heifers has increased and prices are higher this month as producers look for replacements. Dairy cow slaughter is strong due in part to high prices for cull cows. Top-end springer heifers in the most recent auctions topped out at $1,825 in Turlock Calif. Prices were firm in all locations compared to February. Heifer calf prices are also stronger. Top-end heifer calves in Sulphur Springs, Texas were $250 and in Stratford, Wis., were $170, 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. (3/4/11)
Stratford, Wis. (3/8/11
Sulphur Springs, Texas (3/3/11)
New Holland, Pa. (3/2/11)