NC Slaughter Cows Up, Feeder Cattle Lower

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 595 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $7.00 higher; bulls were steady to $4.00 higher when compared to the previous week.  Feeder cattle were mostly $3.00 to $9.00 lower.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $60.00 to $72.00. Slaughter bulls, 1,000 pounds and up were $80.00 to $91.00, with high dressing up to $101.00.  M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs. brought $137.00 to $153.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $135.00 to $153.00. 400-500 lb. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $121.00 to $134.00 and 500-600 lbs. were $119.00 to $127.00.

Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 2,981,000 head compared to 3,828,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes.  Supplies are moderate.  Retail demand is moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 86.02, Large 79.04, Medium 61.86, and Small 52.00.

Strawberries:  demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  Report issued Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Includes palletizing and cooling.  Flats 8 1-pound containers with lids medium-large 12.00-14.00.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 2 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.94-$4.61 at feed mills and $3.96-$4.46 at elevators; new crop $4.03-$4.69.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 3 to 13 cents lower; prices were $9.08-$9.33 at the elevators; new crop $9.19.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was without a price comparison; new crop $4.07-$4.51.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was without a per ton bid for 48% protein.

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.41, —–, —-; Candor 4.41, —–, —-; Cofield —-, —–, —-; Laurinburg 4.41, —–, —-; Monroe 4.51, —–, —-; Nashville 4.22, —–, —-; Roaring River 4.61, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.36, —–, —-; Statesville 4.11, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.36, —–, —-; Pantego #2 3.94, —–, —-.

Elevators: Bladenboro 4.06, —–, —-; Clarkton 3.96, —–, —-; Clement —-, —–, —-; Clinton 4.16, —–, —-; Creswell 3.96, 9.28, —-; Elizabeth City —-, —–, —-; Lagrange 4.06, —–, —-; Monroe —-, 9.33, —-; Mount Olive 4.06, —–, —-; Norwood 4.26, 9.08, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.46, —–, —-; Wilson 3.96, —–, —-.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 81.43 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 78.59 cents per pound.


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