At the 3 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Smithfield, Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1139 cattle and 210 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to $2.00 lower, feeder steers trended mixed, and heifers trended mixed when compared to the previous week. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $70.00 to $83.50. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $85.00 to $98.00.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 2,925,000 head compared to 2,862,000 head last Thursday.
Apples: demand fairly good. Market is about steady. Cartons of tray pack Red Delicious and Golden Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, 88s, and 100s 24.00, Gala U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, 88s and 100s were 26.00-28.00.
Bell type Peppers: supply light. Demand is good. Market is higher. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates jumbo and extra large Green 20.00, occasional lower.
Squash: demand fairly light. Market is slightly lower. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates small Zucchini 6.00-8.00. Small Yellow Straight neck were 6.00, med 4.00. 3/4 bushel cartons/crates small Yellow Crookneck 12.00, med 6.00-7.00.
Grape type Tomatoes: demand fairly light. Market is slightly lower. Extra services included. Flats of 12 1-pt containers with lids were 12.95-13.95.
Tomatoes, plum type: supply fairly light. Demand is good. Market is slightly higher. Extra services included. 25 lb cartons loose Roma extra large 15.95-16.95, occasionally lower.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 3 to 4 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.60-$5.34 at feed mills and $4.49-4.89 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 8 cents lower and were $13.79 at processors, and $13.40-$13.70 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 4 cents higher and was $4.40 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $536.60 per ton for 48% protein.