North Dakota and South Dakota auction barns saw lighter offerings of feeder cattle trickle through this past week. Kist Livestock at Mandan, North Dakota had 990 head at their Wednesday sale. Feeder steer prices were $3 higher, with 650-to-700 weights averaging $152 per hundredweight. The feeder cattle string at Napoleon Livestock was 1,900 head, with 700-to-800 pounds steers and $2-to-$7 higher. In Dickinson, 2,800 head traded steady-to-$4 higher and 500-to-600 weights sold at $177. Hub City Livestock in Aberdeen, South Dakota sold 6,700 head on Wednesday, with 650-to-750 pound steers bringing $161 per hundredweight. The Thursday sale at Mitchell Livestock Auction featured 6,000 head, with feeder steers 650 pounds and over selling lower compared to last week. Small groups of replacement heifers and mixed-age cows are starting to be sold because of dry conditions. Good demand for light cattle to turn out to pasture remained last week. However, corn futures made a large jump, which put some pressure on the feeder cattle market.
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