Sort through Canada's latest BSE case, Japan's ongoing delay in trade normalization, and the bearish Cattle On Feed report issued Friday, and the market for the week seems almost positive.

Yearling feeder steers and heifers sold steady to $3 higher. In what Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) reporters call a highly mixed week, calves and stockers sold steady to $2 lower. Fed cattle trade was light -- nonexistent in large swaths of feeder country -- and dropped $1-$2 compared to a week earlier.

"May is beef month and cookout season is here. Slaughter has been running just over 600,000 head per week and it is getting the time of the year for packers to kick up chain speeds and go for more hours, like 700,000 head/week," say AMS analysts. "With seasonal improved consumer beef demand this could make a big dent in the supply side. But once again there is $3.00/gal. gasoline in the budget."

The summary below reflects the week ended April 21 for Medium and Large 1 -- 500- to 550-lb., 600- to 650-lb., and 700- to 750-lb. feeder heifers and steers (unless otherwise noted). The list is arranged in descending order by auction volume and represents sales reported in the weekly USDA National Feeder and Stocker Cattle Summary:

Summary Table State Volume Steers Heifers Calf Weight 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs. 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs. MO 31,400 $133.46 $120.93 $109.55 $118.91 $109.17 $100.46 TX 26,300 $123.17 $110.52 $106.82 $115.74 $103.51 $96.28 OK 25,700 $131.43 $119.76 $108.91 $119.34 $108.35 $99.91 KY* 18,800 $116.126 $103.113 $90-1005 $107.117 $95-1053 $81-915 KS 16,300 $137.43 $119.97 $107.85 $121.36 $111.18 $98.18 Dakotas 14,600 North Dakota South Dakota ** $138.33 $119.93 $128.50 $120.114 $109.34 $114.762 $122.64 $112.34 $113.29 $103.584 $102.84 TN* 9,400 $121.26 $106.50 $95.14 $110.95 $97.84 $88.28 GA*(***) 9,100 $105-124 $98-110 $87-94 $101-120 $90-110 $83-93 IA 8,500 $139.22 $126.47 $111.71 $127.71 $116.07 $100.33 AL 7,500 $120-125 $112-1202 ** $113-121 $100-110 $90-92 AR 7,300 $122.38 $112.24 $102.06 $111.13 $100.82 $91.98 NE 6,200 $132.57 $123.47 $110.58 $121.03 $111.56 $99.39 WY 6,200 $135.34 $126.634 $107.47 $123.92 $117.20 $101.64 MS* 4,700 $110-1221 $100-110 $85-955 $100-1101 $90-1003 $80-905 FL 4,400 $110-119 $100-1132 ** $100-116 $94-99 ** Carolinas* 4,300 $98-124 $90-1153 $88-104.505 $94-114.75 $81-98.75 $78-87.505 CO 3,600 $126.14 $116.56 $105.95 $110.83 $105.01 $94.54 VA 2,900 $122.88 $114.32 $98.16 $105.42 $95.234 $89.38 NM* 2,600 $118.64 $115.472 ** $110.69 *108.882 ** LA* 2,400 $103-123 $107-1192 ** ** ** ** WA* 1,600 ** ** $96.676 ** ** ** MT 1,000 ** ** ** ** $115.00 **

* Plus 2 ** None reported at this weight or near weight (***) Steers and bulls NDNo Description 1500-600 lbs. 2550-600 lbs. 3600-700 lbs. 4650-700 lbs. 5700-800 lbs. 6750-800 lbs. 7800-850 lbs.