In the Columbia Basin, export hay not tested this week as exporters face a continued work slowdown at the ports.
Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during November were mostly $6.9925.
Asking prices for next week are 41 cents higher for Jumbo, 53 cents higher for Extra Large, 55 cents higher for Large and 33 cents higher for Medium and Small.
Steer and heifer calves sold steady to $5 higher with instances $8-10 higher on calves throughout the Southern Plains and Northern Plains.
Slaughter lambs were mostly firm to $10 higher, instances $20 higher at New Holland, Pa.
At the Toppenish Livestock Auction in Moses Lake, Wash., stocker and feeder steers and heifers were firm to $6 higher, except 550-600 lbs. heifers which were weaker.
Curtailed negotiations between the longshoremen's union and container terminal operators may prolong congestion at West Coast ports, impeding exports of farm products.
Yum Brands Inc. last month cut its profit forecast for the year, citing the latest food scare in China that pummeled sales at KFC, its flagship chain in the country.
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
Washington agricultural exports rose for a fourth-straight quarter over the previous year, the state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reports.
sheep and wool markets
Hay prices are dollars per ton or dollars per bale when sold to retail outlets. Basis is current delivery FOB barn or stack, or delivered customer as indicated.
Grade guidelines used in this report have the following relationship to Relative...