At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 599 cattle and 14 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to $2.00 lower, feeder steers trended $4.00 to $13.50 lower, and heifers trended mostly steady to $2.00 lower when compared to the previous sale. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $75.00 to $83.00. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $84.00 to $93.00 with high dressing up to $100.00. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $139.00 to $154.00, 500-600 lbs. brought $130.00 to $155.00. 400-500 lb. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $126.00 – $146.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $118.00 – $136.00.
STATE GRADED CATTLE SALE: At the state graded feeder cattle sale in Norwood, a total of 744 steers and 606 heifers were sold. M&L 1 steers, 400-500 lbs 149.92 per cwt.; 500-600 lbs 150.00; 600-700 lbs 139.28. M&L-1 heifers, 400-500 lbs 135.76; 500-600 lbs 143.05; 600-700 lbs 129.96.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly desirable. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,215,000 head compared to 3,142,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
Western North Carolina
Apples: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Cartons tray pack Gala U.S. Extra Fancy 113s 21.00-25.50, mostly 22.00; 125s 21.00-25.50, mostly 22.00. Cartons 12 3-lb film bags Golden Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2" min/up 20.00-20.90. Gala U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2" min/up was 20.00-24.00.
Beans: demand fairly light. Market is lower. Bushel crates Round Green Type 12.00-14.25.
Eggplant: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 12.00-13.00, fair quality 8.00.
Peppers, bell type: demand is good. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates Green jumbo and extra large 14.00, large 12.00, fair quality 10.00-12.00.
Squash: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates Zucchini small 8.00-10.00, med 6.00-8.00. Yellow Straight neck small were 8.00-10.00, med 6.00-8.00. 3/4 bushel cartons/crates Yellow Crookneck small were 12.00-13.00, med 7.00-8.00.
Tomatoes: demand jumbo and extra large good, large light. Market is about steady. Extra services are included. 25 lb cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Comb or Better jumbo and extra large were 11.95-13.95, large 10.95-12.95.
Tomatoes, grape type: supply light. Demand is fairly good. Extra services are included. Flats of 12 1-pt containers with lids were 15.95-17.95.
Tomatoes, plum type: supply fairly light. Demand is good. Market is higher. Extra services included. 25 lb cartons loose Roma extra large 10.95-13.95.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. Supplies are moderate. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 134.56, Large 132.36, Medium 102.03 and Small 83.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 7 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.59-$5.29 at feed mills and $4.49-4.89 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 14 to 15 cents lower and were $14.21 at processors, and $13.82-$14.57 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 7 cents lower and was $4.03-$4.39 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $589.60 per ton for 48% protein.