At the livestock auction held Thursday in Smithfield, a total of 545 cattle were sold. slaughter cattle were 2.00 to 3.00 lower, Feeder cattle were $4 to $12 lower. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $70.50-$82.50, with high dressing up to $84.50. High dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $99-$105.
The North Carolina broiler 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 4,066,000 head compared to 3,618,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
Fruit and vegetable prices :
— Bell Type Peppers: Demand fairly light. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates Green jumbo 12.00-14.00, extra large 12.00-14.00, large 10.00-12.00, fair quality 10.00-12.00 few 9.00
— Supply fairly light Tomatoes: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Extra services included. 25 lb cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo 13.95-15.95, extra large 13.95-15.95, large 13.95-15.95
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended steady to one cent higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.82-$6.45 at feed mills and $4.67-$5.77 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended 11 cents lower and were $13.97 at processors, and $13.58-$14.33 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was steady, $4.18-$4.62 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $573.20 per ton for 48% protein.