At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 744 cattle and 4 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly $0.50 to $1.00 higher, feeder steers trended mostly $3.00 to $8.00 higher, and heifers trended $1.00 to $6.00 higher when compared to the previous week. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $70.00 to $86.00.
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 Thursday in North Carolina is 2,907,000 head compared to 2,850,000 head last Thursday.
Greens: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Various containers bunched/loose Collard 6.50-7.00, Kale, Mustard, Turnip Tops 6.50-7.00, few 8.00.
Sweet potatoes: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 40 lb cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 14.00-15.00, few higher, occasionally lower. US No. 1 Petite 10.00, few higher, occasionally lower. US No 2 7.00-8.00, few lower occasionally higher. No Grade Marks jumbo 7.00, few higher, occasionally lower.
Eggplant: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 12.00-12.35, fair quality 6.00-8.35.
Squash: demand moderate. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates Zucchini small 14.00-16.00, med 12.00-14.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 2 to 12 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $5.43-$6.66 at feed mills and $5.66-6.01 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 37 cents lower and were $13.55 at processors, and $13.74-$14.65 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 4 cents lower and was $4.76-$5.69 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $502.70 per ton for 48% protein.