NCDA Market Highlights for Thursday May 31

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mount Airy and Shelby a total of 347 cattle, 3 goats and 8 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 1.00 to 2.00 higher; while bulls were mixed, 9.00 lower to 7.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mixed; heifers were mostly 2.00 to 5.00 higher; and bulls were mostly 1.00 lower.  Demand, market activity, and buyer interest were moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate.  Cattle quality was plain to average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $55-$69, with high dressing up to $79.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $88-$90, high dressing ranged $98-$105.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers were $152, 500-600 lbs. were $137-$145.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $128-$139, 500-600 lbs. were $122-$129.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $136-$149, 500-600 lbs. ranged $130-$139.

 

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 3,093,000 head compared to 3,078,000 head last Wednesday.

 

Eggs:  The market was lower on large, steady on all sizes.  Supplies were moderate.  Retail demand was moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 110.02, Large 105.98, Medium 92.00, and Small 77.00.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 92.99 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 87.71 cents per pound.

 

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 7 cents lower when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.93-$4.69 at feed mills and $4.02-$4.58 at elevators; new crop $4.23-$4.78.

U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 7 to 8 cents lower.  Prices were $10.33 at the processors and ranged $9.63-$9.90 at the elevators; new crop $9.54-$10.22.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 7 cents lower; prices were $4.28-$4.58 at the feed mills; new crop $4.32-$5.22.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $406.90 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills:  Bladenboro 4.55, —–, 4.48; Candor 4.69, —–, —-; Cofield 4.32, 10.15, —-; Laurinburg 4.45, —–, 4.43; Monroe 4.68, —–, —-; Nashville 4.51, —–, —-;

Roaring River 4.68, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.58, —–, 4.58; Creswell 4.28,  9.68, 4.28; Statesville 4.43, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.58, —–, 4.58; Pantego #2 3.93, —–, —-.

 

Elevators:  Bladenboro 4.33,  9.73, —-; Clarkton 4.33,  9.73, —-; Clement —-, —–, —-; Clinton 4.33,  9.68, —-; Creswell 4.09,  9.68, —-; Elizabeth City 4.02,  9.90, —-;

Lagrange 4.33,  9.63, —-; Monroe —-,  9.83, —-; Mount Olive 4.33,  9.63, —-;

Norwood 4.39,  9.83, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.58, —–, —-;

Wilson 4.33,  9.68, —-.

 

Soybean Processors:  Fayetteville 10.33; Selma No Bid.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Prices (Shipping Point F.O.B.):  Eastern North Carolina – 2018 Crop Blueberries:  Supply light.  Demand fairly good at slightly lower prices.  Market slightly lower.  Production continues to be curtailed due to rain and wet fields.  Most present shipments from previous commitments.  Wide range in prices.  Quality variable.  Includes palletizing and cooling.  Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $26-$36 mostly $30 previous commitments lower.  Squash:  Supply light.  Demand fairly good.  Market Zucchini about steady, Yellow Straightneck slightly higher.  Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small $8-$12 mostly $10-$12, medium $6-$10 mostly $8-$10; Yellow Straightneck small $9-$12 mostly $12, medium $7-$10 mostly $10.  Strawberries:  Supply light.  Demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  Some shippers are finished for the season as consistent wet weather has curtailed production.  Includes palletizing and cooling.  Flats 8 1-pound containers with lids medium $13.50-$14.