Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
Steers were steady to $7 higher on better cattle. Heifers steady to $9 higher on best at the Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood, Calif.
The undertone is sharply higher as buyers attempt to position for future deliveries and avian influenza causes supply issues.
First new crop sales reported this week in the Columbia Basin. First cutting is widespread throughout the trade area this week.
Bids for U.S. 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during May for ordinary protein were mixed.
Asking prices for next week are 5 cents higher for Jumbo, unchanged for Extra Large and Large and 5 cents higher for Medium and Small.
Demand remains very good on yearlings as last week fed cattle prices saw packers come out and give mostly $2-3 more ranging from $160-163 to procure inventory.
Slaughter lambs were steady to as much as $30 lower, except at Ft. Collins, Colo., they were $15-17 higher.