NC Market Highlights for Wednesday Feb. 21

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 959 cattle, 63 goats, and 34 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 2.00 to 3.00 higher; while bulls were steady to 2.00 lower.  Feeder steers were mostly 3.00 to 4.00 higher; heifers were mostly 2.00 to 6.00 lower; and bulls were up to 10.00 higher.  Demand, market activity, and buyer interest were moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate.  Cattle quality was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $55-$65, with high dressing up to $76.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $77-$89, high dressing ranged $91-$97.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers were $150-$182, 500-600 lbs. ranged $150-$173.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $130-$149, 500-600 lbs. were $130-$143.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $150-$163, 500-600 lbs. ranged $132-$166.

 

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was

adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were desirable to heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina was 3,107,000 head compared to 3,054,000 head last Monday.

 

Eggs:  The market was steady on small, lower on the balance.  Supplies were moderate.  Retail demand was mostly moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 169.09, Large 165.99, Medium 118.00, and Small 86.00.

 

Cotton:  ***Federal office closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday holiday.***  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is N/A cents per pound; the U.S. average is N/A cents per pound.

 

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly steady when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.87-$4.55 at feed mills and $3.67-$4.37 at elevators; new crop $3.97-$4.57.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly steady.  Prices were $9.42-$9.82 at the elevators; new crop $9.76-$10.07.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly steady; prices were $3.97-$4.27 at the feed mills and $4.03 at the elevators; new crop $4.29-$4.69.  48 percent soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was not available.

 

Feed Mills:  Bladenboro 4.32, —–, 4.27; Candor 4.53, —–, —-; 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 —-, —–, —-; Mount Olive 4.07, 9.81, —-;

Norwood 4.18, 9.42, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.37, —–, —-;

Wilson 3.67, 9.81, —-.

 

Soybean Processors:  Fayetteville —–; Selma —–.

 

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-$16 few higher, U.S. No. 1 Petite $10-$14 few lower, U.S. No. 2 $8-$10 mostly $9 some $6.50-$7.50, No Grade Marks jumbo $8-$10 some $7-$7.50 few higher.