At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 696 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended $1.00 to $4.50 higher, feeder steers trended mostly $2.00 to $5.50 higher, and heifers trended mixed when compared to the previous sale. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $75.00 to $85.00. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $92.00 to $97.00 with high dressing up to $106.00.
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 3,096,000 head compared to 3,264,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is steady on small, lower on the balance. Supplies are heavy. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 138.73, Large 137.96, Medium 105.82 and Small 83.00.
Beans: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Bushel crates Round Green Type 18.25-20.25.
Eggplant: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 15.00-18.00, fair quality 10.00-12.00.
Squash: demand fairly light. Market for yellow straight neck is slightly lower, zucchini is about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates small Zucchini 8.00-9.00. Small Yellow Straight neck were 10.00-15.00.
Tomatoes: demand light. Market is about steady. 25 lb cartons loose jumbo Vine Ripes U.S. Comb or Better 13.95.
Grape type Tomatoes: supply light. Demand is fairly good. Market is about steady.. Flats 12 1-pt containers were 15.95-16.95.
Plum type Tomatoes: demand fairly light. Market is about steady. 25 lb cartons loose extra large Roma 9.95-11.95.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 7 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.68-$5.83 at feed mills and $4.58-5.13 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended steady and were $14.07 at processors, and $13.68-$14.43 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 7 cents higher and was $4.10-$4.48 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $587.10 per ton for 48% protein.