At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 1,361 cattle and 2 goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady. Feeder heifers were mostly steady to $6.00 lower; slaughter steers and bulls were mostly steady to $4.00 higher when compared to the previous sales. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $50.00 to $78.00. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $88.00 to $97.00.
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 2,981,000 head compared to 2,888,000 head last Thursday.
N.C. Eggs: The market is lower on Medium, steady on the balance. Supplies are moderate. Retail demand is moderate to good. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 112.22, Large 103.69, Medium 89.64, and Small 61.00.
Sweet Potatoes: demand moderate. Market about steady. 40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 14.00-16.00, U.S. No. 1 Petite 11.00-14.00, U.S. No. 2 8.00-10.00, No Grade Marks jumbo 8.00-9.00.
Cotton: The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 74.98 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 73.27 cents per pound.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 1 cent lower when compared to the previous day. Prices ranged $3.87-$4.42 at feed mills and $3.74-$4.32 at elevators; new crop $3.86-$4.67. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 6 cents lower; prices were $9.43 at the processors and ranged $9.03-$9.57 at the elevators; new crop $9.08-$9.68. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 1 cent lower; prices were $4.37 at the feed mills and $4.17 at the elevators; new crop $4.09-$4.35. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants was $342.90 per ton for 48% protein.