Livestock Prices at Auction Tumble

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Monday in Siler City and Turnersburg, a total of 916 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 3.00 to 4.00 lower and bulls were 2.00 to 5.00 lower.  Feeder steers were unevenly steady; heifers were mostly higher; while bulls were mostly lower.

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were desirable to heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Tuesday in North Carolina was 2,964,000 head compared to 2,880,000 head last Tuesday.

Eggs:  The market was steady on small, higher on the balance.  Supplies were mostly moderate.  Retail demand was moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 92.99, Large 85.24, Medium 72.06, and Small 52.00.

Blueberries:  Supply moderate.  Demand moderate.  Flats 12 1-pint cups medium-large $22.

Sweet Potatoes:  Supply moderate.  Demand moderate.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $13-$16, U.S. No. 1 Petite $11-$14, U.S. No. 2 $8-$10, No Grade Marks jumbo $8-$10.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 76.51 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 74.58 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 7 to 17 cents lower when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.90-$4.57 at feed mills and $3.77-$4.42 at elevators; new crop $3.91-$4.65.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 14 cents lower.  Prices were $8.58-$8.92 at the elevators; new crop $8.79-$9.25.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat new crop $4.04-$4.47.'

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.