Livestock Auctions Moving High Volumes

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 1,166 cattle, 92 goats, and 35 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 4.00 lower; while bulls were mixed, 3.00 lower to 1.00 higher.  Feeder cattle were mostly higher.

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were desirable to heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina was 2,979,000 head compared to 3,060,000 head last Monday.

Eggs:  The market had no price comparison.  Supplies were mostly light.  Retail demand was good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 157.02, Large 155.47, Medium 122.08, and Small 84.00.

Sweet Potatoes:  Demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $13-$16, U.S. No. 1 Petite $10-$14, U.S. No. 2 $8-$10, No Grade Marks jumbo $8-$10.

Western North Carolina – 2017 Crop Apples:  Demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  All grades U.S. Extra Fancy.   Cartons 12 3-pound film bags Red Delicious $20.90-$24; Golden Delicious $22-$24.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 69.63 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 67.38 cents per pound.Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn ranged $3.77-$4.32 at feed mills and $3.42-$3.82 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were $9.54 at the processors and ranged $8.94-$9.37 at the elevators.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat prices were $3.62-$3.97 at the feed mills and $3.42-$3.77 at the elevators; new crop $4.09-$4.58.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $341.30 per ton 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.