NC Market Highlights for Tuesday March 20

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 438 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were unevenly steady; bulls were $1.00 to $5.00 lower when compared to the previous sale.   Feeder steers were mostly $3.00 to $6.00 lower, heifers were mostly $1.00 to $9.00 lower, and bulls were $3.00 $16.00 lower.  Demand was moderate with moderate buyer activity.  Moderate offerings with quality of cattle average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $57.00 to $67.00, with high dressing up to $72.00. Slaughter bulls, 1,000 pounds and up were $70.00 to $86.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $154.00 to $170.00, 500-600lbs. ranged $152.00 to $165.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $125.00 to $150.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $118.00 to $143.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500lbs. ranged $147.00 to $162.00.

 

Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,345,000 head compared to 3,497,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

 

The N.C. egg market is steady on Small, higher on the balance.  Supplies are light to moderate. Retail demand is moderate to good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 243.63, Large 243.63, Medium 144.35, and Small 86.00.

 

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 4 cents lower.  Prices ranged $4.17-$4.62 at feed mills and $3.91-$4.52 at elevators; new crop $4.04-$4.71.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 9 cents higher; prices were $10.34-$10.49 at the processors and $9.70-$10.15 at the elevators; new crop $9.93-$10.26.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 4 cents lower, prices were $4.17-$4.42 at the feed mills; new crop $4.32-$4.76.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $402.90 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.42, —–, 4.42; Candor 4.53, —–, —-; Cofield 4.21, 10.25, —-; Laurinburg 4.37, —–, 4.42; Monroe 4.56, —–, —-; Nashville 4.36, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.62, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.47, —–, 4.42; Creswell 4.17, 9.89, 4.17; Statesville 4.32, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.47, —–, 4.42; Pantego #2 —-, —–, —-.

 

Elevators: Bladenboro 4.22, 9.94, —-; Clarkton 4.22, 9.94, —-; Clement 4.17, 9.88, —-; Clinton 4.22, 9.89, —-; Creswell —-, —–, —-; Elizabeth City 3.91, 10.10, —-; Lagrange 4.22, 9.84, —-; Monroe —-, 10.15, —-; Mount Olive 4.22, 9.84, —-; Norwood 4.28, 9.70, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.52, —–, —-; Wilson 4.22, 9.89, —-.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 83.35 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 79.75 cents per pound.