At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 508 cattle and 43 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mixed, 2.50 lower to 2.00 higher; bulls were 50 cents to 1.00 lower. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $77-$88.50, with high dressing up to $96. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $93.50-$103.50, with high dressing ranging $104-$116.
The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights were mostly heavy. The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,929,000 head compared to 2,927,000 head last Wednesday.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended mostly steady to 12 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.36-$7.60 at feed mills and $6.84-$7.35 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended two to four cents higher and were $15.94 at processors, and $15.00-$15.72 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended seven cents lower, quoting $5.52 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $520.90 per ton for 48% protein.
Fruit and vegetable prices: BLUEBERRIES: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $18-$20.50 STRAWBERRIES: Supply fairly light. Demand fairly light. Market about steady. Some shippers are finished for the season. Flats 8 1-pound containers medium $13-$13.50. CABBAGE: Supply fairly light. Demand moderate. Market about steady. 50 pound cartons Round Green Type medium $10. SQUASH: Supply fairly light. Demand moderate. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small $6, medium $4; Yellow Straightneck small $6-$7 medium $4.