After higher prices to start the new year, feeder cattle sold uneven at auction this week amid heavy supplies.
Every cowboy from Ames to Amarillo was convinced the cattle market is headed higher, but packers held out on raising bids until late Friday.
The volume of cattle and calves sold the week ended Jan. 13 was called the second largest in five years, with prices steady to uneven.
Cattle markets remain under pressure, though good demand was evident on heavier feeder cattle in the northern Plains.
Feeders steers and heifers sold both sides of steady, and the Cattle on Feed report went missing due to the government shutdown.