At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 520 cattle and 3 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended $4.00 to $4.50 higher, feeder steers trended steady to $15.00 lower, and heifers trended $6.00 to $12.00 lower when compared to the previous sale. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $79.00 to $85.00. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $85.00 to $96.00 with high dressing up to $102.50. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $112.00 to $138.00, 500-600 lbs. brought $122.00 to $132.00. 400-500 lb. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $107.00 – $135.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $100.00 – $124.00.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market 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 2,759,000 head compared to 2,911,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
Blueberries: demand is fairly good. Market is about steady. Including palletizing and cooling: flats 12 1-pt cups with lids med-large 18.00-20.00, mostly 18.00-18.75, few, including previous commitments, occasionally higher.
Cabbage: supply fairly light. Demand moderate. Market is about steady. 50 lb cartons Round Green Type med 10.00
Cucumbers: demand moderate. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 16.00-18.00 fair quality 6.00-8.00, cartons of 24s 4.00-5.00
Squash: demand moderate. Market is slightly higher. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small 6.00-8.00, med 5.00-6.00. Yellow Straightneck small 6.00-8.00 med 4.00-6.00.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. Supplies are heavy. Retail demand is light. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 121.68, Large 119.18, Medium 97.73 and Small 87.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended mixed when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.56-$7.76 at feed mills and $6.89-7.41 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 1 to 7 cents higher and were $16.06 at processors, and $15.01-$15.68 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 2 cents lower and was $5.46 to $6.41 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $517.50 per ton for 48% protein.