At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 548 cattle and 3 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mixed, feeder steers trended steady to $11.00 lower, and heifers trended mixed 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 3,215,000 head compared to 2,958,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
Blueberries: demand is moderate. Market is lower. Including palletizing and cooling: flats 12 1-pt cups with lids med-large 14.00-16.00, some, including previous commitments, as high as 18.00.
Beans: demand fairly good. Market is about steady. Bushel cartons/crates, precooled, Round Green Type, machine picked: 30.00-35.00, few, including previous commitments, lower.
Cabbage: demand moderate. Market is slightly lower. 50 lb cartons Round Green Type med 7.00-9.00, occasionally higher. Red Type med 12.00-14.00.
Cucumbers: demand exceeds supply. Market is about steady. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 14.00-18.00, fair quality 6.00-8.00, cartons of 24s 4.00-5.00.
Squash: supply light. Demand is fairly good. Market is about steady. Yellow Straightneck small 16.00, few lower, med 14.00, few lower.
The N.C. egg market is steady on small, higher on the balance. Supplies are light. Retail demand is good. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 120.30, Large 113.93, Medium 97.34 and Small 87.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 6 to 12 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.57-$7.76 at feed mills and $6.85-7.36 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 4 to 7 cents lower and were $15.63 at processors, and $14.59-$15.33 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 3 cents lower and was $5.48 to $6.44 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $522.70 per ton for 48% protein.