Little Demand for Dairy Springers, Heifer Calves

12:00PM Nov 08, 2019
Weaned Heifers Eating
( Maureen Hanson )

It’s been a solid year of weak values for Holstein springers and heifer calves, concurrent with an even longer stretch of low U.S. milk prices. While dairy product prices are showing promising signs of recovery, the replacement heifer market has been slow to follow suit. Prices are virtually unchanged nationwide compared to last month, although Holstein springer values in California and Pennsylvania are $200-500 per head higher than a year ago. Holstein heifer calves, meanwhile, were sparse in this month’s market offerings, and those that did show up were practically free, at sale values of $5-50 per head. 

 

 

            

Springing Heifers

 Heifer Calves

Location (sale date)

Supreme/Top

Approved/Medium

90-120 pounds

Turlock, Calif. (10-11-19)

$1,300-1,600

 $1,000-1,200

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Stratford, Wis. (11-1-19)

$700-1,100

  $500-650 

$5-50 

Jerome, Idaho (10-23-19)

$1,275-1,375

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New Holland, Pa. (10-23-19)

$1,400-1,450

  $850-1,250 

       $18-26