NC Broiler/Fryer Harvest Holds Above 3 Million Head

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro 258 cattle and 4 goats were sold. Norwood prices were unavailable due to the absence of a reporter due to illness.  Slaughter cattle were $3.00 to $4.00 lower. Feeder cattle were $8.00 to $12.00 lower when compared to the previous sales.

N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 3,007,000 head compared to 2,533,000 head last Thursday.

Apples: supply moderate. Demand fairly good.  Cartons tray pack Red Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, & 88s 24.00-26.00; Golden Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, & 88s 24.00-26.00.

Cucumbers: demand moderate. Market about steady.  1 1/9 bushel cartons medium 14.00-16.35, fair quality 6.00-10.35.

Tomatoes: supply fairly light. Demand moderate. Market about steady. Wide price range.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo & extra-large 11.95-15.95, large 9.95-15.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 68.73 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 66.66 cents per pound.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was steady when compared to the previous day.  Prices ranged $3.59-$4.14 at feed mills and $3.39-$3.69 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 4 to 5 cents higher; prices were $9.90 at the processors and ranged $9.00-$9.45 at the elevators; new crop $9.00-$9.55.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was steady; prices were $3.84-$3.89 at the feed mills and $3.64-3.69 at the elevators; new crop $4.06-$4.33.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants had no per ton offer for 48% protein.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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