NC Market Highlights for Friday April 20

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mount Airy and Shelby a total of 710 cattle, 43 goats, and 19 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows were mixed, 3.50 lower to 5.00 higher; boning type slaughter cows were unevenly steady, 1.00 lower to 1.00 higher; and slaughter bulls were steady to 1.00 higher.  Feeder steers were 2.00 to 4.00 higher; heifers were mixed, 3.00 lower to 6.00 higher; and bulls were mixed, 9.00 lower to 11.00 higher.  Demand varied by location, but was moderate to good; market activity and buyer interest were moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate.  Cattle quality was plain to average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $54-$65.50, with high dressing up to $77.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $80-$94, high dressing ranged $98-$102.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers were $142-$164, 500-600 lbs. ranged $143-$160.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $127-$143, 500-600 lbs. were $121-$141.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $130-$164, 500-600 lbs. ranged $123-$154.

 

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,750,000 head compared to 3,046,000 head last Wednesday.

 

Eggs:  The market was steady on all sizes.  Supplies were moderate.  Retail demand was moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 166.74, Large 163.64, Medium 108.00, and Small 93.00.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 83.11 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 78.86 cents per pound.

 

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 3 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.93-$4.68 at feed mills and $3.93-$4.53 at elevators; new crop $4.09-$4.74. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 4 to 5 cents lower.  Prices were $10.26-$10.51 at the processors and ranged $9.62-$10.12 at the elevators; new crop $9.84-$10.31.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 3 cents higher; prices were $4.18-$4.48 at the feed mills; new crop $4.26-$4.79.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $406.60 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills:  Bladenboro 4.45, —–, 4.43; Candor 4.53, —–, —-; Cofield 4.24, 10.37, —-; Laurinburg 4.35, —–, 4.43; Monroe 4.63, —–, —-; Nashville 4.35, —–, —-;

Roaring River 4.68, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.48, —–, 4.48; Creswell 4.18, 9.81, 4.18; Statesville 4.33, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.48, —–, 4.48; Pantego #2 3.93, —–, —-.

 

Elevators:  Bladenboro 4.23, 9.86, —-; Clarkton 4.23, 9.86, —-; Clement —-, —–, —-; Clinton 4.23, 9.81, —-; Creswell 4.08, 9.86, —-; Elizabeth City 3.93, 10.12, —-;

Lagrange 4.23, 9.76, —-; Monroe —-, 10.02, —-; Mount Olive 4.23, 9.76, —-;

Norwood 4.28, 9.62, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.53, —–, —-;

Wilson 4.23, 9.81, —-.

 

Soybean Processors:  Fayetteville 10.51; Selma 10.26.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Prices (Shipping Point F.O.B.):  Eastern North Carolina – 2018 Crop Strawberries:  Supply moderate.  Demand moderate.  Market slightly lower.  Includes palletizing and cooling.  Flats 8 1-pound containers with lids medium-large $13-$16 mostly $13-$15 occasional $16.50.