At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 153 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended $4.00 to $10.00 higher, feeder steers trended $11.00 to $12.00 lower, and heifers trended $5.00 to $15.00 lower when compared to the previous sale two weeks ago.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market 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 4,692,000 head compared to 4,576,000 head last Friday and Saturday.
The N.C. egg market is lower on all sizes. Supplies are heavy. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 148.99, Large 142.49, Medium 125.17 and Small 96.00.
Apples: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Some shippers are finished for the season. All varieties graded U.S. Extra Fancy;
Red Delicious 80s – 100s 18.00-24.00
Golden Delicious 80s – 100’s 22.00-24.00
Rome 80s – 100s 18.00-24.00
No. 2 yellow shelled corn was 3 cents higher. Prices ranged $4.53-$4.98 at feed mills and $4.13-4.83 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans were 1 to 2 cents higher and were $13.01 at processors, and $12.46-$13.06 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was without an available trend. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $499.50 per ton for 48% protein.