At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 513 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mixed, feeder steers trended mostly $2.00 to $6.00 higher, and heifers trended $2.50 to $12.00 higher 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 light. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,130,000 head compared to 2,059,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is lower on medium, steady on the balance. Supplies are moderate. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 132.24, Large 131.47, Medium 96.60 and Small 87.00.
Eggplant: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 8.00-10.35, fair quality 5.00-6.35.
Peppers, bell type: demand fairly good. Market is slightly higher. Quality is variable. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo 16.00-16.35, extra large 16.00-16.35, few, including previous commitments, lower, fair quality 10.10-12.35.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 15 to 60 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $5.74-$7.20 at feed mills and $6.16-6.51 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 43 cents lower and were $15.79 at processors, and $14.74-$15.39 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 2 cents lower and was $5.30-$6.11 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $567.90 per ton for 48% protein.