At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 549 cattle and 45 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to 1.00 lower; bulls were 2.00 to 3.00 lower. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-600 lbs., trended mostly 3.00 to 6.00 lower; heifers were mostly 2.00 to 5.50 lower. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $78-$88.50, with high dressing up to $95. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $90-$103, with high dressing ranging $104-$109.
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 Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,905,000 head compared to 2,916,000 head last Wednesday.
Fruit and vegetable prices (shipping point f.o.b.):
Beans: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Bushel crates Round Green Type $16-$18.25.
Eggplant: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons medium $14, Squash: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates small Zucchini $8-$9, small Yellow Straightneck $8-$10, 3/4 bushel cartons/crates small Yellow Crookneck $13
Tomatoes: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 25 pound cartons loose jumbo Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better $11.95-$13.95,
Tomatoes, Grape Type: Supply fairly light. Demand moderate. Market about steady. Flats 12 1-pint containers $15.95-$16.95.
Tomatoes, Plum Type: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 25 pound cartons extra large loose Roma $9.95-$11.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended mostly three to four cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.73-$5.57 at feed mills and $4.62-$5.17 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended three cents higher and were $13.98 at processors, and $13.58-$14.33 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended one to four cents higher, quoting $4.10-$4.53 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $574.20 per ton for 48% protein.