Sales were confirmed on 1,600 head in Wyoming, western Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota feedlot and range sales May 2, compared to 200 head last week and 1,100 head last year, according to the USDA Market News Service, Torrington, WY.

Trade was slow. Compared to Monday, May 1, live steers and heifers were $1 lower. Feedlots reported light inquiry and buyer demand. Seller interest was light. Weekly total includes 2,200 head from contracted or formula sales, and cattle sold earlier in the week, but data not collected day of sale. Live cattle sales are fob the feedlot less 4% shrink. Carcass sales are on a delivered basis out of state.

Slaughter steers: 1,000 head, Select to mostly Choice, 2 and 3 (55 to 80% Choice), 1250 to 1300 lbs., 73.00.

Slaughter heifers: 600 head, Select to mostly Choice, 2 and 3 (55 to 80% Choice), 1175 to 1200 lbs., 73.00.

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