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Favorable outlook indicators for the potential for dairy profitability in 2014 are likely fueling a steady increase in Holstein springer prices nationwide. The greatest increase in the past month was in Texas, where top-quality springers increased by as much as $400 per head. Prices also are strong in California, which passed the $2,000 per head mark for top-end springers this month. Compared to year-ago levels, top-quality springers are bringing from $100 to $700 per head more, averaging about $400 per head higher than February 2013 values.

Holstein heifer calves were mixed compared to last month, but approximately $50 per head higher than last year.

 
Springing heifers
Heifer calves
 Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (11/22/13)
$1,700-2,175
$1,300-1,675
NR
Stratford, Wis. (12/4/13)
$1,300-1,700
$1,000-1,275
$50-145
Sulphur Springs, Texas (11/7/13)
$1,250-1,575
$1,000-1,250
$60-280
New Holland, Pa. (12/4/13)
$1,700-1,900
$1,450-1,675
$100-115


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