NC Market Highlights for Wednesday March 7

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 548 cattle, 81 goats, and

111 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows had too few head to establish an adequate market comparison; boning type slaughter cows were steady to 3.00 higher; while bulls were 2.00 lower.  Feeder steers, 400-500 lbs., were sharply lower, while 500-600 lbs. were 2.00 to 3.00 lower; 400-500 lbs. heifers were steady to 2.00 lower, while 500-600 lbs. were 1.00 to 3.00 higher; and bulls were sharply lower.  Demand, market activity, and buyer interest were moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate.  Cattle quality was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $56-$75, with high dressing up to $85.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $84-$95.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers were $150-$179, 500-

600 lbs. ranged $152-$167.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $130-$152, 500-600 lbs. were $131-$147.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $140-$158, 500-600 lbs. ranged $130-$160.

 

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 3,098,000 head compared to 2,861,000 head last Monday.

 

Eggs:  The market was steady on small, higher on the balance.  Supplies were light to moderate.  Retail demand was moderate to good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 201.35, Large 201.04, Medium 139.00, and Small 86.00.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 85.73 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 82.16 cents per pound.

 

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 2 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.97-$4.67 at feed mills and $3.95-$4.57 at elevators; new crop $4.06-$4.66. 

U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 6 to 17 cents higher.  Prices were $10.67-$10.77 at the processors and ranged $9.92-$10.38 at the elevators; new crop $9.94-$10.27.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 2 cents higher; prices were $4.22-$4.47 at the feed mills and $4.27 at the elevators; new crop $4.40-$4.98.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $423.20 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills:  Bladenboro 4.47, —–, 4.47; Candor 4.57, —–, —-; Cofield 4.25, 10.53, —-; Laurinburg 4.42, —–, 4.47; Monroe 4.61, —–, —-; Nashville 4.40, —–, —-;

Roaring River 4.67, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.52, —–, 4.47; Creswell 4.22, 10.17, 4.22; Statesville 4.37, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.52, —–, 4.47; Pantego #2 3.97, —–, —-.

 

Elevators:  Bladenboro 4.27, 10.22, —-; Clarkton 4.27, 10.22, —-;

Clement 4.12, 9.92, 4.27; Clinton 4.27, 10.17, —-; Creswell 4.03, 9.92, —-;

Elizabeth City 3.95, 10.38, —-; Lagrange 4.27, 10.12, —-; Monroe —-, 10.37, —-;

Mount Olive 4.27, 10.12, —-; Norwood 4.32, 9.98, —-; Register —-, —–, —-;

Warsaw #2 4.57, —–, —-; Wilson 4.27, 10.17, —-.

 

Soybean Processors:  Fayetteville 10.77; Selma 10.67.

 

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 low as $6.50, No Grade Marks jumbo $8-$10 some $7-$7.50 few higher.