At the livestock auctions held Monday in Siler City and Turnersburg (***Canton was closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday***) a total of 735 cattle and 8 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly steady; bulls were 1.00 to 1.50 higher. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $76-$86.50, with high dressing up to $88. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $91-$101.50, with high dressing ranging $102-$110.50.
The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights were mostly desirable. The estimated slaughter for Tuesday in North Carolina was 2,894,000 head compared to 2,871,000 head last Tuesday.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended nine to ten cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $7.16-$7.61 at feed mills and $6.87-$7.41 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended 31 to 33 cents higher and were $15.43 at processors, and $14.79-$15.49 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended four cents lower, quoting $5.44 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $507.30 per ton for 48% protein.
Fruit and vegetable prices (shipping point f.o.b.): Blueberries: Demand moderate. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in prices. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $22-$30 mostly $23-$24.50. Strawberries: Demand moderate. Includes palletizing and cooling. Flats of 8 1-pound containers with lids medium $12-$13.50. Greens: Demand moderate. Various containers bunched/loose Kale $7-$8 occasional higher and lower, Collard, Mustard, and Turnip Tops $6.50-$7. Sweet Potatoes: Demand moderate. 40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $13-$15 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite $10-$12 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 2 $7-$9 few lower occasional higher, No Grade Marks jumbo $6-$7 few higher and lower.