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NC Broiler & Fryer Processing Levels Off

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 617 cattle and no goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended $12.00 to $16.00 lower, feeder steers trended mixed, and heifers trended steady to $5.00 lower when compared to the previous week.

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 Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 2,788,000 head compared to 2,893,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

The N.C. egg market is higher on large, steady on the balance. Supplies are light. Retail demand is good. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets:  Extra Large 175.05, Large 174.14, Medium 159.21 and Small 116.00.

No. 2 yellow shelled corn was steady to 1 cent lower.  Prices ranged $4.91-$5.62 at feed mills and $4.97-5.57 at elevators.  No. 1 yellow soybeans were steady and were $14.76 at processors, and $14.07-$14.52 at the elevators.  No. 2 red winter wheat was steady and ranged $4.62-$5.12 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $543.40 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.