At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1,018 cattle and 1 goat were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to 3.00 lower; bulls were $2.00 to $7.00 lower when compared to the previous week.  Feeder cattle were mostly 2.00 to 11.00 higher.  Buyer demand was moderate to good while market activity was moderate to active for the moderate offerings. The quality of the cattle was plain to average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $61.00 to $72.00.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $82.00 to $94.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $130.00-$158.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $135.00 to $154.50.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $120.00 to $143.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $123.00 to $136.00.  400-500 M&L feeder bulls ranged $130.00 to $162.00.

At the bimonthly goat and sheep sale in Smithfield on Wednesday 169 goats and 37 sheep were sold.  Prices are per head, weights estimated.  Slaughter and Replacement Classes:  Kids: Selection 1 under 20 lbs. 40.00-42.50; 20-40 lbs. 60.00-100.00, 40-60 lbs. 132.50-160.00, 60-80 lbs. 172.50; Selection 2 under 20 lbs. 32.50, 20-40 lbs. 37.50-57.50, 40-60 lbs. 90.00-125.00; Selection 3 20-40 lbs. 35.00, 40-60 lbs. 65.00-72.50.  Yearlings: Selection 2 60-80 lbs. 162.50-167.50.  Does/Nannies:  Selection 1 50-70 lbs. 115.00, 70-100 lbs. 130.00-140.00, 100-140 lbs. 152.50-245.00; Selection 2 50-70 lbs. 80.00-110.00, 70-100 lbs. 112.50-127.50; Selection 3 50-70 lbs. 45.00-70.00.  Wethers: Selection 2 70-100 lbs. 180.00-217.50.  Bucks/Billies: Selection 1 70-100 lbs. 142.50-152.50, 100-150 lbs. 172.50-177.50, 150-250 lbs. 252.50; Selection 2 70-100 lbs. 137.50; Selection 3 70-100 lbs. 80.00-82.50.  Sheep-Lamb: Good 20-60 lbs. 47.50.  Choice & Prime 20-60 lbs. 60.00-135.00, 60-100 lbs. 142.50- 172.50. Ewes: Good 100-120 lbs. 165.00-170.00.

N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 3,121,000 head compared to 3,055,000 head last Thursday.

N.C. Eggs:  The market is higher on Extra Large and Large, steady on the balance. Supplies are mostly light.  Retail demand is good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 143.94, Large 143.94, Medium 106.69, and Small 71.00.

Eastern North Carolina

2016 Season

Sweet Potatoes:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Report issued Monday and Thursday.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 13.00-16.00 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite 11.00-14.00 few lower, U.S. No. 2 8.00-10.00 some 7.00, No Grade Marks jumbo 8.00-10.00 few higher and lower.

Western North Carolina

2017 Season

Peppers, Bell Type:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo 12.35-14.00 occasional lower, extra large 12.35-14.00 occasional lower, fair quality 10.35-12.00 occasional lower, large 10.35-14.00 occasional lower.  Squash:  demand moderate.  Market lower.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small 12.00-16.35, medium 10.00-12.35; Yellow Straightneck small 12.00-12.35 occasional higher, medium 10.00-10.35 occasional higher; 3/4 bushel cartons Yellow Crookneck small 16.35-20.00, medium 12.35-15.00.  Tomatoes: demand moderate. Market about steady.  Extra services included.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo 17.95-21.95, extra large 17.95-21.95, large 16.95-21.95.  Tomatoes, Grape Type:  demand moderate.  Market slightly lower.  Extra services included.  Flats 12 1-pint containers with lids 12.95-17.95, 20 pound cartons loose 24.95-33.95.  Tomatoes, Plum Type: demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Extra services included.  25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large 15.95-17.95 occasional lower, large 15.95-17.95 occasional lower, medium 15.95.  Apples:  supply fairly light.  Demand very good.  Market about steady.  Cartons 12 3-pound film bags Red Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2″ minimum/up 20.90-24.00; Golden Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2″ minimum/up 22.00-24.00; Gala U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2″ minimum/up 24.00-25.00.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was steady when compared to the previous day.  Prices ranged $3.70-$4.27 at feed mills and $3.50-$4.00 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were steady; prices were $10.00 at the processors and $9.11-$9.51 at the elevators; new crop $9.20-$9.76.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was steady.  Prices ranged $3.85-$4.00 at the feed mills and $3.65-$3.84 at the elevators; new crop $4.36-$4.71.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants was $339.00 per ton for 48% protein.

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 3.90, —–, 3.90; Candor 4.15, —–, —-; Cofield 3.70, 9.66, —-; Laurinburg 3.85, 9.15, 3.85; Monroe 4.15, —–, —-; Nashville 4.02, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.27, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.00, —–, 4.00; Statesville 4.00, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.00, —–, 4.00; Pantego #2 3.80, —–, —-.

Elevators: Bladenboro 3.70, 9.30, 3.70; Clarkton 3.70, 9.30, 3.70; Clement 3.69, 9.13, 3.84; Clinton 3.80, 9.30, 3.80; Creswell 3.50, 9.35, —-; Elizabeth City 3.50, 9.51, —-; Lagrange 3.70, 9.30, 3.70; Monroe —-, 9.35, —-; Mount Olive 3.75, 9.30, 3.75; Norwood 3.80, 9.11, —-; Register 3.95, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.00, 9.20, —-; Wilson 3.65, 9.30, 3.65.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 69.00 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 66.89 cents per pound.


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