At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 635 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to $3.00 higher, feeder steers trended mostly $2.00 to $5.00 higher, and heifers trended mixed when compared to the previous sale. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $75.00 to $86.50. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $82.00 to $92.00 with high dressing up to $99.00.
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 2,914,000 head compared to 2,821,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
Eggplant: demand fairly light. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 12.00-12.35, fair quality 6.00-8.35.
Cucumbers: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates med 16.00, fair quality 8.00-10.00, cartons 24s 4.00-7.00.
bell Peppers: demand fairly light. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates Green jumbo 16.00-17.00, extra large 16.00-17.00, large 14.00-16.00, fair quality 12.00-15.00, few higher.
Squash: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates Zucchini small 14.00-16.00, med 12.00-14.00.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. 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 130.99, Medium 93.86 and Small 87.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 2 to 24 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $5.41-$6.62 at feed mills and $5.62-5.97 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 6 cents lower and were $13.49 at processors, and $13.79-$14.59 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 1 cent higher and was $4.72-$5.70 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $519.00 per ton for 48% protein.