At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 452 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to $4.00 lower, feeder steers trended mostly $2.00 to $5.00 lower, and heifers trended steady to $5.00 lower when compared to the previous sale.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly light. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 2,894,000 head compared to 3,126,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. Supplies are moderate. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 132.24, Large 131.47, Medium 93.86 and Small 87.00.
Peppers, bell type: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo 18.00-20.00, mostly 18.00-18.35; extra large 18.00-18.35, few, including previous commitments, lower; fair quality 14.00-14.35, occasionally lower, large 16.00-16.35 few lower.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended steady to 3 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $5.65-$7.39 at feed mills and $6.14-6.49 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 21 cents higher and were $16.40 at processors, and $15.36-$16.21 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 4 cents higher and was $5.15-$5.85 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $602.40 per ton for 48% protein.