Heifer prices defy industry trends, stay steady

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Despite record-low profitability ratios in the U.S. dairy industry, the demand for and value of heifers across the country remains strong. While the top-end price for supreme springing heifers dipped slightly in three of the four market areas in the last month, springing heifer prices as a whole remain strong throughout the United States. Some markets did report that their supply of good-quality springers was light. Heifer calves dropped in value slightly in Texas, with the top end dipping from $350 last month to $250 this month; calf values in other regions also remained steady.

 
Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (5/25/12)
$1,300-$1,550
$1,100-$1,275
NR
Stratford, Wis. (6/2/12)
$1,400-$1,600
$1,000-$$1,400
$150-$220
Sulphur Springs, Texas (5/24/12)
$1,125-$1,500
$900-$1,125
$75-$275
New Holland, Pa. (5/30/12)
$1,450-$1,550
    $1,300-$1,450
$200-$240


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