NC Market Highlights for Tuesday May 15

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 894 cattle, 113 goats, and 59 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 1.00 higher; while bulls were 1.00 to 2.00 lower.  Feeder steers were mostly steady to 6.00 lower; heifers were mostly 2.00 to 3.00 lower; and bulls were 5.00 to 11.00 lower.  Demand, market activity, and buyer interest were moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate.  Cattle quality was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $60-$70, with high dressing up to $80.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $83-$94.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers were $150-$164, 500- 600 lbs. ranged $140-$150.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $130-$145, 500-600 lbs. were $120-$140.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $124-$151, 500-600 lbs. ranged $125-$143.

 

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 Monday in North Carolina was 3,067,000 head compared to 3,021,000 head last Monday.

 

Eggs:  The market was lower on extra large and large, steady on the balance.  Supplies were moderate to heavy.  Retail demand was moderate to light.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 125.13, Large 122.03, Medium 103.00, and Small 93.00.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 84.20 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 79.64 cents per pound.

 

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly steady when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.96-$4.71 at feed mills and $4.05-$4.61 at elevators; new crop $4.24-$4.79.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 14 to 23 cents higher.  Prices were $9.97-$10.27 at the processors and ranged $9.38-$9.85 at the elevators; new crop $9.48-$10.08.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly steady; prices were $4.31-$4.61 at the feed mills; new crop $4.31-$4.84.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $417.60 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills:  Bladenboro 4.58, —–, 4.51; Candor 4.67, —–, —-; Cofield 4.35, 10.10, —-; Laurinburg 4.48, —–, 4.46; Monroe 4.71, —–, —-; Nashville 4.54, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.71, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.61, —–, 4.61; Creswell 4.31, 9.62, 4.31; Statesville 4.46, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.61, —–, 4.61; Pantego #2 3.96, —–, —-.

 

Elevators:  Bladenboro 4.36, 9.67, —-; Clarkton 4.36, 9.67, —-; Clement —-, —–, —-; Clinton 4.36, 9.62, —-; Creswell 4.12, 9.62, —-; Elizabeth City 4.05, 9.85, —-; Lagrange 4.36, 9.57, —-; Monroe —-, 9.78, —-; Mount Olive 4.36, 9.57, —-; Norwood 4.37, 9.38, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.61, —–, —-; Wilson 4.36, 9.62, —-.

 

Soybean Processors:  Fayetteville 10.27; Selma 9.97.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Prices (Shipping Point F.O.B.):  Eastern North Carolina – 2017 Crop Sweet Potatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  40-pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $12-$15 some $15.50-$16 few higher, U.S. No. 1 Petite $10-$14, U.S. No. 2 $8-$10 some as $6.50-$7.50, No Grade Marks jumbo $8-$10 few $7-$7.50 few higher.

2018 Crop Strawberries:  Demand moderate.  Market slightly higher.  Wide range in prices.  Includes palletizing and cooling.  Flats 8 1-pound containers with lids medium-large $11-$14 mostly $12.50-$13.50 occasional higher.