Strong demand for heifers

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Springer heifer prices were firm at most recent auctions. Top quality heifers topped out at $1,925 in Turlock, Calif., and $1,900 in New Holland, Pa. Demand for heifers remains strong. Dairy producers continue to cull at a high rate, but they are replacing those animals with heifers and the U.S. dairy herd continues to grow. However, calf prices were a little lower at the latest auctions, topping out at $225 in Stratford, Wis., compared to $320 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. (5/27/11)
Stratford, Wis. (6/7/11
Sulphur Springs, Texas (6/2/11)
New Holland, Pa. (6/8/11)

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