At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 516 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mixed, feeder steers trended steady to $4.00 lower, and heifers trended mostly $8.00 to $15.00 higher when compared to the previous sale. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $72.00 to $84.00.
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 2,944,000 head compared to 3,888,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
Blueberries: demand is moderate. Market is about steady. Including palletizing and cooling: flats 12 1-pt cups with lids med-large 20.00-24.00, mostly 20.00-20.50, few, including previous commitments, higher.
Strawberries: supply is fairly light. Demand is moderate. Market is about steady. Including palletizing and cooling: flats of 8 1-lb containers with lids med: 12.00-13.50.
The N.C. egg market is steady on small, lower on the balance. Supplies are heavy. Retail demand is light. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 135.33, Large 134.08, Medium 111.56 and Small 88.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 8 to 11 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $7.12-$7.57 at feed mills and $6.82-7.37 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 11 to 15 cents higher and were $15.77 at processors, and $14.83-$15.50 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 7 cents higher and was $5.56 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $512.20 per ton for 48% protein.