At the livestock auction held Wednesday in North Wilkesboro and Norwood, a total of 901 cattle were sold. Slaughter cows trended .50 to 7.00 lower, bulls were .50 to 1.00 lower. M&L 1-2 feeder steers and heifers, 400-600 lbs., trended mixed. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $72-$84.50, with high dressing up to $92. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $91-$101.50, with high dressing ranging $99.50-$106.50. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs., brought $129-$141, 500-600 lbs. ranged from $124-$135. 400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $119-$135 and 500-600 lbs. were $104-$128.
Broilers & 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 2,882,000 head compared to 2,903,000 head last Thursday.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended five to seven cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.35-$7.58 at feed mills and $6.68-$7.18 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended 19 to 30 cents lower and were $15.76 at processors, and $14.72-$15.50 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended 3 cents higher, quoting $5.36-$6.21 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $517.60 per ton for 48% protein.
Fruit and vegetable prices (shipping point f.o.b.): Blueberries: Demand good. Market about steady. Includes palletizing and cooling. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large 16.50-19.75 few higher occasional lower. Greens: Demand moderate. Market abpit steadu. Various containers bunched/loose Collard, Kale, Mustard and Turnip Tops 6.50-7.00. Sweet potatoes: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 40 lb cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 13.00-15.00 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite 10.00-12.00 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 2 7.00-9.00 few lower occasional higher, No Grade Marks jumbo 6.00-7.00 few higher and lower. Beans: Demand exceeds supply. Marlet higher. Bushel cartons/crates precooled Round Green Type Machine Picked 30.00 few high as 35.00 few including previous commitments lower. Cabbage: Demand fairly good. Market about steady. 50 lb cartons Round Green Type medium 10.00, Red Type medium 16.00-19.00. Cucumbers: Demand fairly good. Market about steady. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons medium 14.00-14.35 occasional higher, fair quality 5.00-6.00 few 4.35 occasional lower, cartons 24s 3.25-4.35. Squash: Supply fairly light. Demand fairly good. Market slightly higher. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small 10.00 occasional lower, medium 8.00 occasional lower; Yellow Straightneck small 10.00 occasional lower, medium 8.00 occasional lower.