At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1443 cattle and 13 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mixed, feeder steers trended mixed, and heifers trended $1.00 to $9.00 higher when compared to the previous week. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $84.50 to $102.00. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $109.00 to $123.00, with high dressing up to $128.50. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $205.00 to $236.00, 500-600 lbs. brought $201.00 to $222.00. 400-500 lb. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $195.00 to $229.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $180.00 – $205.00.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 2,900,000 head compared to 2,865,000 head last Thursday.
N.C. Eggs: The market is lower on all sizes. Supplies are heavy. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 142.68, Large 138.03, Medium 126.34, and Small 113.00.
Eastern North Carolina
Greens: demand moderate. Report issued Monday and Thursday. various containers bunched/loose Collard supplies in too few hands to establish a market Kale supplies in too few hands to establish a market Mustard supplies in too few hands to establish a market Turnip Tops supplies in too few hands to establish a market
Sweet potatoes: demand fairly good. Market for U.S. No. 2 and no grade marks jumbo is higher, others are about steady. Report issued Monday and Thursday. 40 lb cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 18.00-20.00 few higher and lower U.S. No. 1 Petite 13.00-14.00 few higher and lower U.S. No. 2 9.00-11.00 some 8.00 few higher No Grade Marks jumbo 11.00-13.00 few higher and lower
Beans: demand is good. Market is higher. Bushel cartons/crates pre-cooled Round Green Type Machine Picked 19.00-21.00 occasional lower
Cabbage: supply fairly light. Demand is good. Market is about steady. 50 lb cartons Round Green Type med 12.00-14.00 Red Type med 16.00-18.00
Cucumbers: demand moderate. Market for medium is slightly lower, others are about steady. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 18.00-20.35 mostly 18.00-18.35 fair quality 6.00-6.35 cartons 24s 5.00-6.00
Squash: demand yellow straight neck fairly good, zucchini moderate. Market for yellow straight neck is slightly higher, zucchini about steady. Yellow Straight neck has a wide range in prices. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small 8.00-10.35 mostly 8.00-9.00 med 6.00-8.35 mostly 6.00-7.00 Yellow Straight neck small 8.00-12.00 mostly 10.00-12.00 med 6.00-10.00
Blueberries: demand fairly good. Market is about steady. Includes palletizing and cooling. Flats 12 1-pt cups with lids medium-large 15.00-16.50 some 17.00-18.00 occasional 14.00
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 3 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.54-$5.19 at feed mills and $4.54-5.14 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 22 to 30 cents lower and were $14.80 at the processors and $14.00-$14.55 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat trended 3 cents higher and ranged $4.64-$5.20 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $549.20 per ton for 48% protein.