At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 434 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were unevenly steady, bulls were steady to $9.00 lower when compared to the previous sale two weeks prior. Feeder cattle were mixed.
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 3,306,000 head compared to 3,461,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is higher on Extra Large and Large, steady on the balance. Supplies are mostly moderate. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 99.89, Large 97.26, Medium 70.86, and Small 52.00.
Western North Carolina
Bell Type Peppers: demand fairly good. Market about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons jumbo Green 20.00-24.00, extra large 20.95-24.00, large 18.95-20.35.
Squash: supply Yellow Straightneck light. Demand moderate. Market about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini 8.00-10.35, medium 6.00-8.35; small Yellow Straightneck 14.00-16.00, medium 12.00-14.00.
Cotton: The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 66.43 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 64.59 cents per pound.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 7 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.11-$4.56 at feed mills and $3.76-$4.51 at elevators; new crop $3.89-$4.66. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 9 to 14 cents higher; prices were $9.91 at the processors and $9.28-$9.69 at the elevators; new crop $9.61-$10.07. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 6 to 7 cents higher; prices were $4.01-$4.41 at the feed mills and $3.76-$4.11 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $351.70 per ton for 48% protein.