At the 2 livestock auctions held Thursday at Shelby and Smithfield a total of 469 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were steady to $5.00 higher when compared to the previous sale. Feeder cattle were mostly steady. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $70.00 to $86.00. Slaughter bulls, 1,000 pounds and up were $89.00 to $96.00, with high dressing up to $107.00.
NC. 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 3,969,000 head compared to 3,316,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes. Supplies are heavy. Retail demand is mostly light. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 69.43, Large 67.11, Medium 52.64 and Small 44.00.
Blueberries: demand moderate. Market about steady. Wide range in prices. Some present shipments from previous commitments and/or prior bookings. Flats 12 1-pint cups, large 14.00-18.00.
Strawberries: supply very light. Demand moderate. Market about steady. Some shippers are finished for the season. Flats 8 1-pound containers medium-large 13.00-13.50.
Cotton: The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 64.78 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 62.59 cents per pound.
U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 4 to 5 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.47-$5.03 at feed mills and $4.42-$4.97 at elevators; new crop $4.14-$5.09. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 7 cents higher; prices were $10.96 at the processors and ranged $10.37-$10.77 at the elevators; new crop $10.06-$10.56. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 4 cents higher; prices were $4.97 at the feed mills, and $4.62-$4.67 at the elevators; new crop $4.46-$4.92. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $447.60 per ton 48% protein.