NC Slaughter Cattle Stumbles

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 467 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly $5.00 to $8.00 lower when compared to the previous sale.  Feeder steers were $6.00 to $8.00 higher, bulls were $1.00 to $5.00 higher, heifers were unevenly steady.   Buyer demand and activity were moderate for the moderate offerings.  Quality of cattle was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $55.00 to $67.00. Slaughter bulls, 1,000 pounds and up were $81.00 to $85.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $140.00 to $157.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $129.00 to $147.00. 400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $127.00 to $138.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $118.00 to $130.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500lbs. ranged $131.00 to $150.00.

Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,193,000 head compared to 3,090,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

The N.C. egg market is steady on Small, higher on the balance.  Supplies are mostly light.  Retail demand is good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 145.35, Large 145.35, Medium 107.30, and Small 71.00.

Western North Carolina

2017 Season

Peppers, Bell Type:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo 10.00-14.00, extra large 10.00-14.00, fair quality 8.00-12.00, large 9.00-12.00.  Squash:  demand moderate.  Market Yellow Crookneck slightly lower, others about steady.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small 12.00-16.35, medium 10.00-12.35; Yellow Straightneck small 12.00-12.35, medium 10.00-10.35; 3/4 bushel cartons Yellow Crookneck small 16.00-16.35, medium 12.00-12.35.  Tomatoes:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Extra services included.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo 17.95-21.95, extra large 17.95-21.95, large 17.95-21.95 occasional lower.  Tomatoes, Grape Type:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Extra services included.  Flats 12 1-pint containers with lids 12.95-17.95, 20 pound cartons loose 24.95-33.95.  Tomatoes, Plum Type:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Extra services included.  25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large 15.95-17.95, large 15.95-17.95, medium 15.95.  Apples:  supply fairly light.  Demand very good.  Market about steady.  Cartons 12 3-pound film bags Red Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2″ minimum/up 20.90-24.00; Golden Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2″ minimum/up 22.00-24.00; Gala U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2″ minimum/up 24.00-25.00.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 3 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.74-$4.30 at feed mills and $3.53-$4.03 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 14 cents higher; prices were $10.14 at the processors and $9.24-$9.64 at the elevators; new crop $9.29-$9.79.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 3 cents higher, prices were $3.88-$4.03 at the feed mills and $3.68-$3.87 at the elevators; new crop $4.34-$4.69.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $345.00 per ton for 48% protein.

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 3.93, —–, 3.93; Candor 4.19, —–, —-; Cofield 3.74, 9.79, —-; Laurinburg 3.88, 9.29, 3.88; Monroe 4.18, —–, —-; Nashville 4.05, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.30, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.03, —–, 4.03; Statesville 4.03, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.03, —–, 4.03; Pantego #2 3.83, —–, —-.

Elevators: Bladenboro 3.73, 9.44, 3.73; Clarkton 3.73, 9.44, 3.73; Clement 3.72, 9.28, 3.87; Clinton 3.83, 9.44, 3.83; Creswell 3.53, 9.49, —-; Elizabeth City 3.54, 9.64, —-; Lagrange 3.73, 9.44, 3.73; Monroe —-, 9.49, —-; Mount Olive 3.78, 9.44, 3.78; Norwood 3.84, 9.24, —-; Register 3.98, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.03, 9.34, —-; Wilson 3.68, 9.44, 3.68.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 69.21 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 67.04 cents per pound.


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