At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 479 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly $3.00 to $4.50 lower, feeder steers trended mostly $3.00 to $7.00 higher, and heifers trended steady to $6.00 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 desirable. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,158,000 head compared to 2,918,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. Supplies are moderate. Retail demand is good. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 140.50, Large 136.32, Medium 111.08 and Small 83.00.
Beans: supply light. Demand is fairly good. Market is about steady. Bushel crates Round Green Type 37.00-37.25.
Eggplant: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 18.00-18.25, fair quality 10.00-12.25.
Peppers, bell type: demand fairly light. Market is about steady. There is a wide range in prices. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates Green jumbo 12.00-18.25, extra large 12.00-18.25, large 12.00-16.25, few lower; fair quality 10.00-16.25.
Tomatoes: supply fairly light. Demand is fairly good. Market is about steady. Extra services included. 25 lb cartons, loose Vine Ripes, U.S. Comb or Better jumbo 13.95-15.95, extra large 13.95-15.95, large 13.95-15.95.
Tomatoes, grape type: supply fairly light. Demand is moderate. Market is about steady. Extra services included. Flats of 12 1-pt containers with lids 14.95-15.95, 20 lb cartons loose 29.95-31.95.
Tomatoes, plum type: supply fairly light. Demand is moderate. Market is about steady. Extra services included. 25 lb cartons loose Roma extra large 12.95-13.95.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended mixed when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.70-$6.10 at feed mills and $4.60-5.20 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 41 to 42 cents higher and were $13.68 at processors, and $13.28-$14.03 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 8 cents higher and was $4.10-$4.72 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $523.20 per ton for 48% protein.