Livestock Auction Prices Soften

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 712 cattle and no goats were sold.   Slaughter cows were steady to $2.50 lower, feeder steers were mostly $4.00 to $16.00 lower, and heifers were steady to $19.00 lower when compared to the previous sales.   Average dressing slaughter cows brought $100.00 to $115.50.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $119.00 to $141.00, with high dressing up to $136.00.

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 2,990,000 head 
compared to 2,882,000 head last Thursday.

N.C. Eggs:  The market is steady on small and medium, higher on the balance. Supplies are moderate for small and medium, light for the balance.  Retail demand is good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 153.73, Large 150.50, Medium 141.73, and Small 119.00.

Sweet potatoes: demand fairly good. Market about steady. 40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 16.00-18.00, U.S. No. 1 Petite 13.00-15.00, U.S. No. 2 8.00-10.00, and No Grade Marks jumbo 8.00-10.00

No. 2 yellow shelled corn was 1 to 7 cents lower when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $4.21-$4.51 at feed mills and $3.96-$4.41 at elevators.  No. 1 yellow soybeans were 2 cents lower and were $9.83-$9.88 at the processors, and ranged $9.29-$9.68 at the elevators.  No. 2 red winter wheat was without a price comparison. New crop prices were $4.26-$4.67.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $427.90 per ton available for 48% protein.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.