At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 359 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were steady to $3.00 lower, bulls were mostly steady to $2.00 lower when compared to the previous sale. Feeder steers were mostly $2.00 to $4.00 higher, bulls were $2.00 to $5.00 higher, and heifers were mostly $1.00 to $4.00 lower.
Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 4,072,000 head compared to 2,788,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. Supplies are mixed. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 110.53, Large 108.21, Medium 70.86, and Small 52.00.
Bell Type Peppers: demand moderate. Market lower. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo & extra large 16.00-20.00.
Squash: supply Yellow varieties light. Demand moderate. Market Zucchini slightly higher, others about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini 8.00-10.35; small Yellow Straightneck 14.00-14.35,; 3/4 bushel cartons small Yellow Crookneck 20.00-20.35,
Tomatoes: supply fairly light. Demand fairly good. Market about steady. 25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo & extra large 13.95-14.95.
Grape Type Tomatoes: supply fairly light. Demand fairly good. Market about steady. Flats 12 1-pint containers 9.95-10.95, 20 pound cartons loose 17.95-19.95.
Plum Type Tomatoes: supply light. Demand fairly good. Market about steady. 25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large & large 16.95-19.95.
Cotton: The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 69.47 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 67.19 cents per pound
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was steady when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.08-$4.54 at feed mills and $3.88-$4.49 at elevators; new crop $3.88-$4.65. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 6 cents higher; prices were $10.03 at the processors and $9.41-$9.98 at the elevators; new crop $9.73-$10.13. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was steady; prices were $3.99-$4.39 at the feed mills and $3.74-$4.09 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $351.30 per ton for 48% protein.