Dairy Replacement Values Remain Bleak

Prolonged, dismal dairy market conditions continue to bear out in the dairy replacement market. Prices for Holstein springers are consistently low nationwide, at $600-800 per head for medium-quality and $750-1,000 for top-quality springers. The holiday-season sale in Turlock, Calif. produced too few springers to register an accurate market test. Holstein heifer calves also remain at bargain-basement prices, dipping as low as $20 per head in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

 

              

Springing Heifers

 Heifer Calves

Location (sale date)

Supreme/Top

Approved/Medium

90-120 pounds

Turlock, Calif. (12-28-18)

No test

  No test

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Stratford, Wis. (12-11-18)

$750-1,000

  $ 600-800

$  20-40

Sulphur Springs, Texas (1-3-19)                          

$750-900

       $  650-750

      $  50-75

New Holland, Pa. (12-19-18)

$750-1,000

 $ 600-725

      $  20-25

 
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