Calf values down

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The low-end value of Holstein heifer calves is down at all three reporting sites nationwide, with the lowest price in Wisconsin at $55.00 per head.  The top end of calf prices is up slightly in Wisconsin and Texas compared to last month, but all calf prices have dropped considerably compared to year-ago levels.  Last year at this time, heifer calves in Pennsylvania were bringing $170-200, compared to $80-110 today.  In Wisconsin, last year’s low in late July was this year’s high -- $140-200 then, compared to $55-140 now.  Springing heifer prices are static, with the exception of a slight rebound in top-quality springer values in Texas.

 

 
Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (7/26/13)
$1,350-1,500
$1,200-1,325
NR
Stratford, Wis. (7/31/13)
$1,250-1,525
$850-1,250
$55-140
Sulphur Springs, Texas (7/18/13)
$1,100-1,385
$840-1,100
$65-290
New Holland, Pa. (7/31/13)
$1,350-1,425
$1,175-1,250
$80-110


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