Holstein Heifer Values Remain Fragile

U.S. dairy replacement values continued to follow industrywide trends toward negative profitability through February – a situation that University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Bob Cropp refers to as simply, “too many cows, too much milk.”

The lone bright spot this past month was in Pennsylvania, where Holstein springer values showed a health bounce in the neighborhood of $300 per head. But elsewhere, springers struggled to hold their own, losing the most ground in Wisconsin.

Calf values also remained anemic, with newborn Holstein heifer calves continuing to sell for as low as $25 per head.

 

              

Springing Heifers

 Heifer Calves

Location (sale date)

Supreme/Top

Approved/Medium

90-120 pounds

Turlock, Calif. (2-8-19)

$1,000-1,200

 $ 700-975

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Stratford, Wis. (2-26-19)

$750-1,000

  $ 500-650

$ 30-60

Sulphur Springs, Texas (2-7-19)                          

$750-980

         $ 550-740

       $ 40-95

New Holland, Pa. (2-27-19)

$1,175-1,200

  $ 750-1,075

       $ 25-35

 

 
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