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Dairy Replacement Heifers, Calves Continue to Gain Ground

In the most recent USDA National Dairy Comprehensive Report, third-trimester bred dairy heifers averaged $2,050 nationwide, an increase of more than 40% from the same month’s report a year ago. National auction reports bear out a similar trend, with two markets breaking into $3,000 territory for Holstein springers in the past month. Similarly, USDA data indicates Holstein heifer calf values up more than 150%, from $180/head last year to $465/head today. Beef-cross calves continue to fetch astounding values of more than $1,000/head in some markets.

July 3, 2024



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