|Missouri Dairy Business Update|
|Volume 7, Number 9|
Border Opens Nov. 19th for Canadian heifers
The USDA plans to open the border to the import of Canadian dairy heifers on Nov 19th.
USDA's new release can be found at
We contacted the Ontario Ministry of Food & Rural Affairs to see if websites listing Canadian dairy heifer prices were available. Their representative responded that there were not any websites, but he did provide this market information: "Based on my current understanding of dairy prices, the price of heifers that are recently fresh or heifers about to freshen is about the same in Ontario and Pennsylvania. Ontario prices have risen over the past few months as a result of strong demand for milk in Ontario at the moment. High demand is currently projected through at least November. It appears that the Ontario price of recently bred and open dairy heifers is currently about 2/3 of the price in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The dairy export business was strong pre-BSE, in large part due to the difference in the exchange rate. At border closure, the dollar was about 74 cents US. As I write this, the Canadian $ is reported at 99.93 to the US $. At that time we primarily exporting first or second lactation heifers that were either recently fresh or about to freshen."
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