At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 696 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly $1.00 higher, feeder steers were $4.00 to $17.00 lower, and heifers were mostly $2.00 to $12.00 lower when compared to the previous sale. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $96.00 to $112.00. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $114.00 to $122.00, with high dressing up to $138.00.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,252,000 head compared to 2,815,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. Supplies are moderate. Retail demand is good. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 146.96, Large 144.80, Medium 121.86 and Small 93.00.
Cabbage: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 50 pound cartons medium Round Green Type 6.00-8.00
Apples: demand fairly good. Market is about steady. There is a wide range in prices. Cartons tray pack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious & Golden Delicious 80s, 88s, & 100s 20.00-28.00;
No. 2 yellow shelled corn was 3 to 7 cents lower. Prices ranged $4.13-$4.42 at feed mills and $3.67-4.27 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans were 9 cents higher and were $10.40-$10.50 at the processors, and ranged $9.87-$10.37 at the elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was without a price comparison and new crop prices ranged $4.56-$4.76. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $530.40 per ton for 48% protein.