Heifer prices slip in California, rally in Wisconsin and Texas

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At most recent auctions, prices of springing heifers were generally steady with the previous month. However, top-end prices for top quality heifers slipped to $1,725 in Turlock, Calif., down from $1,800 the month prior. Top-end prices in Stratford, Wis. jumped to $1,650 from $1,475 a month ago, and increased from $1,375 to $1,550 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The high end of dairy calf prices in Stratford, Wis. moved to $175, up from $160 last month. An even bigger jump occurred in Texas, with a high-end calf-price increase to $230, up from $145 last month, 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. (12/30/11)
$1,485-$1,725
$1,300-$1,475
NR
Stratford, Wis. (1/4/12
$1,200-$1,650
$950-$1,200
$80-$175
Sulphur Springs, Texas (1/5/12)
$1,110-$1,550
$875-$1,100
$45-$230
New Holland, Pa. (1/4/12)
$1,500-$1,600
    $1,325-$1,500
NR


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