Compared to last week, coming back after last week’s Holiday with many auctions taking last Monday off, this week’s comparable sales had yearlings trading mostly 3.00-8.00 higher with calves steady to 5.00 higher.  In the Southeast calves sold mostly 3.00-8.00 higher, spots 10.00 higher.  Many of this week’s auctions that were off last week, sold 5.00-15.00 higher catching up with last week’s higher market.  Best demand is noted in the Northern Plains and upper Mid-West on yearlings as a large number of buyers participating for these cattle.  Last week’s rocket sales on fat cattle trading mostly 8.00 higher at 163.00 as packers had to ramp up their bidding and chase after fat cattle to fulfill their needs.  This inspired confidence and conveyed volumes to the feeder cattle market this week.  It’s not always easy to satisfy packer’s needs from week to week.  The cattle and future markets have had big ups and big downs with wild price swings this year and most recently; this goes with the nature of the business.  This keeps frames of mind, attitudes and positions changing fast and in a hurry.  One question is can the fat cattle market establish the price above the 160.00 level and maintain current beef demand.  Slaughter cattle are focusing on tight supplies for market ready cattle with supplies looking to remain tight throughout the fall.  Feeder cattle contracts this week made all-time record highs as did live cattle contracts only to see triple-digit losses on Thursday.  With feedlot trade so active last week, this had feeder cattle buyers very active again this week to buy feeders.  In Torrington, WY on Wednesday at the Torrington Livestock Commission Company sold 373 head of steers averaging 960 lbs sold with a weighted average price of 216.05. In Valentine, NE on Thursday at the Valentine Livestock Auction sold 257 head of steers averaging 794 lbs with a weighted average price of 242.27 and 129 head of value added heifers averaging 872 lbs sold with a weighted average price of 221.11. In Pratt, KS on Thursday at the Pratt Livestock Auction sold a near pot load of steer calves weighing 507 lbs with the gavel dropping at 312.00. On Thursday USDA estimated this year’s corn yield at 171.7 bpa with a record 14.4 billion bushels up 3 percent from the August forecast and a 4.3 bpa bump up from August.  Corn prices continue to be dominated by this very large U.S. harvest and with lower fed cost will create a strong case for feeder cattle support.  North Central Regional averages this week for 800-900 lb steers was 226.52, last week 223.05 and last year 155.62.  In Kansas on Friday afternoon live prices traded 1.00-2.00 lower from 161.00-162.00.  This week’s auction volume included 49 percent over 600 lbs and 40 percent heifers.