Springers stable, calves reclaim lost ground

Prices for #1 Holstein springers haven't gone up much in the past month, but they haven't gone down, either.

Nationwide, replacement heifer prices are steady to a bit higher, still hovering at or slightly below the cost of production.

Holstein heifer calves, on the other hand, have taken a healthy upward bump this month, especially in Texas and Pennsylvania, where values nearly doubled. Both springer and calf prices are roughly on par with year-ago levels.

Springing heifers
Heifer calves

Location (sale date)
Supreme/top grade
Approved/medium grade
90-120 pounds
Turlock, Calif. (02/19/16)
$1,900-2,150
$1,700-1,875
NR
Stratford, Wis. (02/24/16)
$1,550-1,875
$1,050-1,525
$175-330
Sulphur Springs, Texas (02/18/16)
$1,500-1,850
$1,200-1,475
$150-390
New Holland, Pa. (02/24/16)
$1,825-1,875
$1,525-1,775
$320-380

 
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