NC Market Highlights for Monday Feb. 26

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1041 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were steady to $5.00 higher; bulls were steady to $9.00 higher when compared to the previous sales.  Feeder steers were mostly $2.00 to $10.00 higher; heifers were mostly $2.00 to $8.00 lower; bulls were mixed.  Buyer demand was moderate to good and activity was moderate for the moderate offerings. The quality of the cattle was plain to average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $54.00 to $65.00, with high dressing up to $77.00.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $82.00 to $94.00, with high dressing up to $100.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $161.00-$180.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $148.00 to $174.00.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $130.00 to $155.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $120.00 to $140.00.  400-500 M&L feeder bulls ranged $146.00 to $176.00.

At the bimonthly goat sale held Wednesday in Smithfield 134 goats and 10 sheep were auctioned.  Prices are per head, weights estimated.  Slaughter and Replacement Classes:  Kids: Selection 1 under lbs. 47.50, 20-40 lbs. 52.50-115.00, 40-60 lbs. 125.00-160.00; Selection 2 20-40 lbs. 47.50, 40-60 lbs. 87.50-117.50.  Yearlings:  Selection 2 60-80 lbs. 145.00.  Does/Nannies: Selection 1 70-100 lbs. 125.00-135.00, 100-140 lbs. 140.00-177.50; Selection 2 50-70 lbs. 85.00-110.00, 70-100 lbs. 112.50-125.00, 100-140 lbs. 135.00; Selection 3 50-70 lbs. 50.00-67.50, 70-100 lbs. 102.50.  Wethers:  Selection 1 100-150 lbs. 252.50; Selection 2 70-100 lbs. 167.50-170.00, 100-150 lbs. 187.50-190.00.  Bucks/Billies: Selection 1 70-100 lbs. 157.50-165.00, 100-150 lbs. 187.50-190.00, 150-250 lbs. 205.00-210.00; Selection 2 70-100 lbs. 110.00-125.00, 100-150 lbs. 140.00.  Sheep-Lamb: Good 60-100 lbs. 110.00; Choice and Prime 20-60 lbs. 127.50-147.50, 60-100 lbs. 157.50.  Ewes-Good 100-200 lbs. 135.00-200.00; Utility 80-100 lbs. 107.50.

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 3,117,000 head compared to 3,034,000 head last Thursday.

 

N.C. Eggs:  The market is steady on Small, higher on the balance. 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 173.56, Large 169.99, Medium 125.91, and Small 86.00.

 

Eastern North Carolina

2016 Season

Sweet Potatoes:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Report issued Monday and Thursday.  40-pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 12.00-16.00 few higher, U.S. No. 1 Petite 10.00-14.00, U.S. No. 2 8.00-10.00 mostly 9.00 some 6.50-7.50, No Grade Marks jumbo 8.00-10.00 some 7.00-7.50 occasional higher.

 

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 1 cent higher when compared to the previous report.  Prices ranged $3.86-$4.54 at feed mills and $3.77-$4.36 at elevators; new crop $3.97-$4.57.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 2 cents lower; prices were $10.22-$10.32 at the processors and $9.52-$10.02 at the elevators; new crop $9.81-$10.13.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 1 cent higher.  Prices ranged $3.96-$4.26 at the feed mills and $4.00 at the elevators; new crop $4.29-$4.69.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants was $409.60 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.31, —–, 4.26; Candor 4.42, —–, —-; Cofield 4.07, 10.02, —-; Laurinburg 4.31, —–, 4.26; Monroe 4.48, —–, —-; Nashville 4.17, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.54, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.31, —–, 4.26; Creswell 3.96, 9.72, 3.96; Statesville 4.16, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.31, —–, 4.11; Pantego #2 3.86, —–, —-.

 

Elevators: Bladenboro 4.06, 9.92, —-; Clarkton 4.06, 9.92, —-; Clement 3.85, 9.62, 4.00; Clinton 4.06, 9.92, —-; Creswell 3.91, 9.58, —-; Elizabeth City 3.77, 9.92, —-; Lagrange 4.06, 9.92, —-; Monroe —-, 10.02, —-; Mount Olive 4.06, 9.92, —-; Norwood 4.17, 9.52, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.36, —–, —-; Wilson 4.06, 9.92, —-.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 79.47 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 75.73 cents per pound.