Heifer prices generally stable

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At the most recent auctions, springing heifer prices were generally stable with the previous month. However, top-end springers did top out above $2,000 in Turlock, Calif. Record-high milk prices are encouraging producers to maintain herds, but heifer supplies remain abundant. At mid-year, dairy heifer numbers were up 4 percent compared to last year. Calf prices were steady to slightly lower this month. Top-end calf prices of $210 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, were down from the top last month of $240, reports Greg Scheer, dairy analyst with Doane Advisory Services in St. Louis, Mo. (See the table below.)

 

 
Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (7/29/11)
$1,525-$2,025
$1,350-$1,500
NR
Stratford, Wis. 8/2/11
$1,300-$1,625
$1,100-$1,300
$100-$170
Sulphur Springs, Texas (7/28/11)
$1,050-$1,475
$750-$1,050
$50-$210
New Holland, Pa. (8/3/11)
$1,525-$1,700
    $1,375-$1,475
NR


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