At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 736 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were steady when compared to the previous sale. Feeder cattle were mostly steady. Moderate demand and buyer activity. Heavy offerings with quality of cattle average. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $54.00 to $65.00, with high dressing up to $71.00. Slaughter bulls, 1,000 pounds and up were $68.00 to $89.00.
Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,941,000 head compared to 3,108,000 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 204.57, Large 204.57, Medium 134.86, and Small 84.00.
Cotton: The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 74.03 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 71.13 cents per pound.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 5 to 12 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $3.86-$4.43 at feed mills and $3.44-$3.99 at elevators; new crop $3.90-$4.10. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 8 to 9 cents higher; prices were $9.69 at the processors and $9.23-$9.54 at the elevators; new crop $9.94-$10.09. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 17 cents higher, prices were $3.98-$4.13 at the feed mills and $3.58-$3.77 at the elevators; new crop $4.29-$4.61. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $360.20 per ton for 48% protein.
Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.08, —–, 4.03; Cofield 3.86, 9.54, —-; Laurinburg 3.98, 9.19, 3.98.
Elevators: Clarkton 3.44, 9.34, 3.58; Clinton 3.58, 9.29, 3.58; Warsaw #2 3.99, 9.24, —-.