Holstein Steer Prices

Holstein Steer Slaughter steers and heifers traded unevenly steady on high choice and 1.00 lower on low choice and selects. Holstein steers traded steady on high choice and 1.00 lower on low choice and selects. Feeder steers & heifers traded steady on medium-large 1-2 (give us a call if you have weaned, vaccinated calves to move.) (Market quotes are on mostly unvaccinated cattle) and unevenly steady on unweaned and medium-short 2-3. Slaughter cows traded 1.00 lower to 3.00 higher on better cows and steady on slower cows. Slaughter bulls traded 1.00-3.00 lower.


That was the question Jim Hogue from Agri-Basics Inc. and John Tyson from Penn State Extension tried to answer on Aug. 19 during the first Beef Day at Ag Progress Days. There are a lot of details to be managed to get to this point, but if a farmer successfully gets a steer to the recommended 1,400 pound market weight, will it make any money? According to Hogue, it’s safe to assume that market beef prices need to be at least $120 per hundredweight to break even when feeding a high grain diet. At the Aug. 24 auction at New Holland Sales Stables, slaughter Holstein steers weighing 1,330 to 1,670 pounds brought $127 to $132 per hundredweight. To put that in perspective, at the same sale in 2013, Holstein steers brought an average of $108 per hundredweight, and in 2014, they averaged $148.

Features of Holstein Steer

Hogue recommends sourcing calves directly from the farm instead of purchasing them at auctions, which can be a high-risk endeavor in terms of disease. “You can’t make this work if you don’t keep the calves alive,” Hogue said. Another advantage of direct-sourcing calves is that prices can be more negotiable. For instance, on Monday at New Holland Sales Stable, newborn Holstein bull calves weighing 65 to 135 pounds fetched $300 to $610 per hundredweight At the same sale in 2013, calves were averaging $135 per hundredweight and in 2014, they brought $315 per hundredweight. Once a calf comes onto your farm, a tag stating the date and herd number needs to be placed in the ear immediately.

Without the date, you won’t be able to track how long the steer stays on the farm — an essential piece of information because animals should be reaching market weight before 18 months of age. For their first 14 weeks of life, bull calves should be raised as if they were replacement heifers, receiving high quality milk replacer, textured starter grain and clean water. No roughage should be introduced before 12 weeks of age. Ten to 14 days prior to weaning, bull calves should be dehorned and castrated. This is also the time to implant the calves with growth hormones. Unless the beef is to be direct-marketed as coming from nonimplanted cattle, Hogue strongly recommends using implants to boost an animal’s feed efficiency.

Prices of Holstein Steer

August 27, 2021
915 – 1,835 lbs41.00 – 80.00
Heiferettesno test
Bred heifersno test
Stock Cowsno test
Bulls79.00 -92.00
Stocker (to 500 lbs)no test
Light (500 – 700 lbs)128.00 – 162.00
Heavy (over 700)78.50 – 141.00
Stocker (to 500 lbs)121.00 – 132.00
Light (500 – 700 lbs)117.50 – 144.00
Heavy (over 700)88.00 – 126.00

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