At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 748 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to $2.50 lower, feeder steers trended $1.00 to $7.00 higher, and heifers trended mostly steady to $2.50 higher when compared to the previous week. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $70.50 to $86.00. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $95.50 to $102.00 with high dressing up to $112.00.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 2,856,000 head compared to 2,855,000 head last Thursday.
Greens: Demand is moderate. Market is about steady. Various containers, bunched/loose collard, mustard, and turnip tops 6.50-7.00. Kale type was 7.00-8.00, occasionally higher and lower.
Sweet potatoes: Demand is moderate. Market is 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, occasionally higher. No Grade Marks jumbo 6.00-7.00, few higher.
Blueberries: demand is moderate. Market is about lower. Includes palletizing and cooling: flats of 12 1-pt cups with lids med-large 20.00-24.00 mostly 20.00-22.00 few lower.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 11 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $7.04-$7.49 at feed mills and $6.74-7.29 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended mixed and were $15.66 at processors, and $14.72-$15.35 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 4 cents lower and was $5.49 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $505.80 per ton for 48% protein.