NC Market Highlights for Wednesday May 2

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 705 cattle, 86 goats, and 6 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly steady to 1.00 lower; bulls were mixed, 4.00 lower to 1.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly 1.00 to 4.00 lower; heifers were mostly 3.00 higher; and bulls were mostly 8.00 higher.  Demand, market activity, and buyer interest were moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate.  Cattle quality was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $60-$69, with high dressing up to $82.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $80-$94, high dressing ranged $95-$101.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers were $140-$165, 500-600 lbs. ranged $150-$154.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $130-$150, 500-600 lbs. were $123-$141.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $140-$158, 500-600 lbs. ranged $133-$156.

 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 3,138,000 head compared to 3,008,000 head last Monday.

Eggs:  The market was steady on small, lower on the balance.  Supplies were mostly 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 147.58, Large 144.48, Medium 112.17, and Small 93.00.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 84.34 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 79.74 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 2 to 3 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $4.00-$4.75 at feed mills and $4.09-$4.62 at elevators; new crop $4.16-$4.82.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 7 to 8 cents lower.  Prices were $10.22-$10.47 at the processors and ranged $9.69-$10.16 at the elevators; new crop $9.85-$10.30.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 3 cents higher; prices were $4.27-$4.57 at the feed mills; new crop $4.38-$4.87.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $421.80 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills:  Bladenboro 4.54, —–, 4.52; Candor 4.71, —–, —-; Cofield 4.39, 10.41, —-; Laurinburg 4.44, —–, 4.52; Monroe 4.70, —–, —-; Nashville 4.58, —–, —-;

Roaring River 4.75, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.57, —–, 4.57; Creswell 4.27, 9.77, 4.27; Statesville 4.42, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.57, —–, 4.57; Pantego #2 4.00, —–, —-.

 

Elevators:  Bladenboro 4.32, 9.82, —-; Clarkton 4.32, 9.82, —-; Clement —-, —–, —-; Clinton 4.32, 9.77, —-; Creswell 4.16, 9.93, —-; Elizabeth City 4.09, 10.16, —-;

Lagrange 4.32, 9.72, —-; Monroe —-, 9.98, —-; Mount Olive 4.32, 9.72, —-;

Norwood 4.41, 9.69, —-; —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.62, —–, —-; Wilson 4.32, 9.77, —-.

Soybean Processors:  Fayetteville 10.47; Selma 10.22.

Fruit and Vegetable Prices (Shipping Point F.O.B.):  Eastern North Carolina – 2017 Crop Sweet Potatoes:  Demand fairly good.  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 few higher and lower.  2018 Crop Strawberries:  Demand fairly good at slightly lower prices.  Market slightly lower.  Includes palletizing and cooling.  Flats 8 1-pound containers with lids medium-large $13-$15 mostly $13-$14.