Still steady

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Dairy springer prices remain steady to slightly higher nationwide, except in Texas, where some of last month’s gains eroded this month.  Compared to one year ago, springer prices are comparable to slightly lower.  Analysts predict that softening feed prices and projected higher milk prices throughout the summer and fall could increase the demand for springers in the months ahead.  Holstein heifer calf prices were steady to slightly up compared to last month, but still are considerably lower than they were last year in the upper Midwest and Northeast.  For example, heifer calves in Pennsylvania currently are at about half of year-ago levels, when they were bringing $220 to $260 in May 2012.

Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (5/3/13)
Stratford, Wis. (5/3/13)
Sulphur Springs, Texas (5/2/13)
New Holland, Pa. (5/8/13)

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