At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 366 cattle and 14 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended $2.00 to $6.00 higher, feeder steers trended mostly $ 3.00 to $13.00 higher, and heifers trended $2.00 to $8.00 higher when compared to the previous sale. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $78.00 to $82.50. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $90.00 with high dressing up to $112.00.
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 4,110,000 head compared to 3,362,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
Blueberries: demand fairly light. Market is about steady. Prices, including palletizing and cooling, flats of 12 1-pt cups with lids med-large: 14.00, few, including previous commitments, higher, occasionally lower.
Cabbage: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 50 lb cartons Round Green Type med: 7.00, occasionally higher.
Cucumbers: supply fairly light. Demand is fairly good. Market is about steady. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons med: 20.35, occasionally lower, fair quality: 10.35, cartons 24s: 7.35, occasionally higher.
Eggplant: demand moderate. Market is slightly lower. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med: 8.35-10.35, fair quality: 6.00-6.35.
Peppers, bell type: demand moderate. Market for fair quality is slightly lower, others are about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo: 12.00-12.35, some 10.00-10.35, extra large: 10.00-12.35, fair quality: 7.00-8.35, few higher and lower.
Potatoes: supply fairly light. Demand is very good. Round White US One 50 lb sacks size A: 14.00-15.00, size B: 12.00-12.75. Tote bags approx 2000 lbs per cwt size A: 22.00-28.00.
The N.C. egg market is higher on large, and steady on the balance. Supplies are light for large, moderate on the balance. Retail demand is good. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 125.96, Large 122.76, Medium 100.86 and Small 87.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 25 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.12-$7.37 at feed mills and $6.47-7.54 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended mixed and were $15.81 at processors, and $14.76-$16.04 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat trend was unavailable and was $4.99-$6.02 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $565.30 per ton for 48% protein.