NC Market Highlights for Tuesday Feb. 20

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 544 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $1.00 to $6.00 higher; bulls were steady to $1.00 higher when compared to the previous sale.   Feeder bulls and steers were steady to $5.00 higher, heifers were mixed.  Demand was good with active buyer activity moderate.  Moderate offerings with quality of cattle ranging average to attractive.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $55.00 to $66.00, with high dressing up to $73.50. Slaughter bulls, 1,000 pounds and up were $70.00 to $85.00, with high dressing ranging $88.00 to $91.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $158.00 to $179.00, 500-600lbs. ranged $149.00 to $164.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $135.00 to $150.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $131.00 to $144.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500lbs. ranged $150.00 to $168.00.

Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,944,000 head compared to 3,524,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes.  Supplies are moderate. Retail demand is mostly moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 174.55, Large 172.06, Medium 122.70, and Small 86.00.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was steady.  Prices ranged $3.87-$4.55 at feed mills and $3.78-$4.37 at elevators; new crop $3.97-$4.57.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 2 to 3 cents lower; prices were $10.06-$10.16 at the processors and $9.42-$9.92 at the elevators; new crop $9.76-$10.07.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was steady to 10 cents higher, prices were $3.97-$4.27 at the feed mills and $4.03 at the elevators; new crop $4.29-$4.69.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $406.00 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.32, —–, 4.27; Candor 4.43, —–, —-; Cofield 4.08, 9.92, —-; Laurinburg 4.32, —–, 4.27; Monroe 4.49, —–, —-; Nashville 4.18, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.55, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.32, —–, 4.27; Creswell 3.97, 9.61, 3.97; Statesville 4.17, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.32, —–, 4.27; Pantego #2 3.87, —–, —-.

 

Elevators: Bladenboro 4.07, 9.81, —-; Clarkton 4.07, 9.81, —-; Clement 3.88, 9.54, 4.03; Clinton 4.07, 9.81, —-; Creswell 3.92, 9.47, —-; Elizabeth City 3.78, 9.82, —-; Lagrange 4.07, 9.81, —-; Monroe —-, 9.92, —-; Mount Olive 4.07, 9.81, —-; Norwood 4.18, 9.42, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.37, —–, —-; Wilson 4.07, 9.81, —-.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 76.66 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 73.47 cents per pound.