AUSTIN -- For the week ending Feb. 1, Texas feeder cattle auctions reported prices $4 lower to $8 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas direct feeder cattle prices were steady to $3 lower. Fed cattle cash prices declined $2.50 from the previous week’s record-high, averaging $144.62 on a light sales volume. Wholesale beef values were sharply lower, with choice-grade offerings down $6.50 from the record high set the previous Wednesday. Beef export sales totaled 10,600 metric tons (MT) last week, down 26 percent from the previous week and down 39 percent from the prior four-week average. . . .