Strong milk prices are likely fueling a steady increase in springer heifer demand and price. Springer prices are up again nationwide this month. Just a few months ago, a springer price over $2,000 was an anomaly. This month, that figure is present in prices from all four reporting markets. California and Pennsylvania both reported good heifer quality and steady demand.   

Holstein heifer calves also are steady or up, sharply so in Pennsylvania.

 
Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (04/04/14)
$1,800-2,425
$1,400-1,775
NR
Stratford, Wis. (04/19/14)
$1,700-2,400
$1,300-1,625
$100-200
Sulphur Springs, Texas (04/03/14)
$1,575-2,010
$1,175-1,1550
$180-400
New Holland, Pa. (04/09/14)
$2,000-2,250
$1,700-1,975
$290-350