NC Market Highlights Jan. 31

At the livestock auction held Friday at Siler City a total of 1,176 cattle and 105 goats were sold.  Too few cattle sold last week to compare prices. Moderate demand, buyer activity and offerings.  Quality of cattle average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $52.00 to $61.00, with high dressing up to $68.00. Slaughter bulls, 1,000 pounds and up were $78.00 to $87.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $140.00 to $177.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $148.00 to $158.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $123.00 to $143.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $118.00 to $135.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500lbs. ranged $140.00 to $161.00.

At the bimonthly goat and sheep sale in Shelby, 108 goats, and 97 sheep were sold.  All prices are quoted per head.  Slaughter and Replacement Classes:  Goats Kids: Selection 1 under 20 lbs. 55.00-70.00; Selection 2 under 20 lbs. 35.00-50.00, 20-40 lbs. 55.00-77.50, 40-60 lbs. 55.00-92.50.  Yearlings:  Selection 1 80-100 lbs. 160.00-220.00.  Does/Nannies: Selection 1 100-140 lbs. 150.00-245.00; Selection 2 70-100 lbs. 85.00-120.00, 100-140 lbs. 105.00-145.00.  Bucks/Billies: Selection 1 100-150 lbs. 155.00-170.00, 150-250 lbs. 210.00-260.00; Selection 2 70-100 lbs. 77.50-115.00, 100-150 lbs. 115.00-140.00.  Sheep – Lambs: Good 60-100 lbs. 75.00-115.00; Choice and Prime 60-100 lbs. 120.00-155.00, 100-140 lbs. 175.00-185.00. Ewes – Good 100-200 lbs. 135.00-165.00; Utility 80-100 lbs. 125.00-140.00; Cull 60-120 lbs. 70.00-120.00

N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are mostly heavy. The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina is 3,138,000 head compared to 3,046,000 head last Monday.

The N.C. egg market is steady on Small, higher on the balance.  Supplies are light.  Retail demand is good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 173.53, Large 171.98, Medium 137.17, and Small 86.00.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 2 cents higher.  Prices ranged $3.88-$4.46 at feed mills and $3.46-$4.28 at elevators; new crop $3.92-$4.52.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 6 cents higher; the price at the processor was $9.76-$9.86; prices ranged $9.12-$9.62 at the elevators; new crop $9.63-$9.98.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 2 cents higher; prices were $3.88-$4.18 at the feed mills and $3.94 at the elevators; new crop $4.15-$4.62.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $370.80 per ton for 48% protein.

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.28, —–, 4.08; Candor 4.34, —–, —-; Cofield 3.94, 9.52, —-; Laurinburg 4.23, —–, 4.03; Monroe 4.40, —–, —-; Nashville 4.09, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.46, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.23, —–, 4.18; Creswell 3.88, 9.31, 3.88; Statesville 4.08, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.23, —–, 4.18; Pantego #2 4.03, —–, —-.

Elevators: Bladenboro 3.58, 9.36, —-; Clarkton —-, 9.36, —-; Clement 3.79, 9.27, 3.94; Clinton 3.58, 9.31, —-; Creswell 3.46, 9.17, —-; Elizabeth City 3.69, 9.42, —-; Lagrange 3.58, 9.21, —-; Monroe —-, 9.62, —-; Mount Olive 3.58, 9.26, —-; Norwood 4.09, 9.12, —-; Register —-, 9.16, —-; Warsaw #2 4.28, —–, —-; Wilson 3.58, 9.26, —-.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 78.86 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 75.83 cents per pound.