At the livestock auction held Thursday in Smithfield, a total of 416 cattle were sold. Slaughter cows trended 3.00 to 4.00 lower, bulls were steady. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $74-$82.50. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $95, with high dressing ranging $98-$110.
The North Carolina broiler market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the
moderate demand. Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 2,876,000 head compared to 2,861,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended mixed when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.36-$7.70 at feed mills and $6.72-$7.30 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended six to eight cents higher and were $15.84 at processors, and $14.79-$15.56 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended five cents lower, $5.31-$6.21 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $515.70 per ton for 48% protein.
Fruit and vegetable prices:
Blueberries: Demand good. Market about steady. Flats 12 1-pt cups of medium-large berries16.00-18.00.
Beans: Demand exceeds supply. Market about steady. Bushel cartons Round Green Type Machine Picked 30.00 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 moderate. Market about steady. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons
medium 14.00-14.35, fair quality 5.00-6.00 few lower; cartons 24s 3.25-4.35.
Squash: Demand fairly good. Market about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small 10.00, medium 8.00;
Yellow Straightneck small 10.00, medium 8.00.