Slack Retail Demand Pushes NC Egg Prices Lower

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 950 cattle and 3 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $1.00 to $6.00 higher and slaughter bulls were $2.00 to $6.00 higher. Feeder steers and bulls were $3.00 to $14.00 higher; heifers were $2.00 to $14.00 higher when compared to the previous sales.

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 Thursday in North Carolina is 2,842,000 head compared to 2,584,000 head last Thursday.

N.C. Eggs:  The market is lower on all sizes. Supplies are moderate to heavy.  Retail demand is moderate to light.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 81.30, Large 79.14, Medium 65.21, and Small 58.00.

Sweet Potatoes:  demand moderate.  Market about steady. 40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 14.00-16.00, U.S. No. 1 Petite 10.00-14.00, U.S. No. 2 8.00-10.00, No Grade Marks jumbo 8.00-9.00.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 74.85 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 72.39 cents per pound.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 6 cents lower when compared to the previous day.  Prices ranged $4.15-$4.57 at feed mills and $3.70-$4.40 at elevators; new crop $4.21-$4.75.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 11 to 12 cents lower; prices were $10.06 at the processors and ranged $9.62-$9.91 at the elevators; new crop $9.49-$9.64.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 6 cents lower; prices were $4.45 at the feed mills and $4.25 at the elevators; new crop $4.39-$4.59.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants was $360.80 per ton for 48% protein.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.