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ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST. . s. d. s. d. Butter, inferior to best #lb 10 to 09 Eggs, 1? dozen - - 1. 3 to 00 Cheese, prime quality, $H> o 9 to 10 Bacon, prime smoked, o 9 to 010 Hams in cloth, 1? lb - 10 to 00 Flour in bags, $ iooH> 14 6 to 00 Oatmeal, v 25H) - 6 o to 3^ Lard, # ft- - - o 9 to o o COMMERCIAL REPORT. FROM OUR CHRISTCHURCH CORRESPONDENT. FOB THE WEEK ENDING NOV. 20. There has been but little doing in the grain and produce market this week, and my remarks under this head, and prices quoted last week, are applicable to the week now concluded. The recent weather has not favored growing crops, but the rain that has fallen would he very valuable if a series of warm sunshiny days would follow. I trust forcing weather of this desirable character will prevail during the ensuing week.
» ? Messrs. Acland, Campbell and Co. report on the stock market for the week ending Thursday, 20th inst., as follows: At the Addington Yards yesterday, 5362 sheep were yarded, amongst which there Was a fair supply of butchers’ sheep. As, owing to the holidays, no sale was held on Wednesday, the 12th, butchers were short of supplies and consequently operated freely, there being no difficulty in clearing all lots at rates fully up to those obtained a fortnight ago. We quote heavy weight cross-bred wethers at 9s. 6d. to 11s.; medium, 7s. 2d. to 7s. 6d. Only one small pen of merino sheep in the wool were yarded, realising 11s. We note that all the fat sheep now coming to hand , are shorii, showing that shearing operations are in full swing. In stores several lines of very good hoggets in the wool were offered, fetching up to 9s. fid. Two pens of one lot fetched up to 11s. but these were bought by butchers, being in excellent con • dition, inferior hoggets in wool fetching ss. fid., cross-bred ewes and lambs in wool Bs. 3d.; shorn merino ewes and lambs, 4s. 9d.; two-tooth cross-breds, shorn, in good condition, I '6s. 3d. to 6s. 9d. A good supply of lambs in, and they found ready sale at from Bs. 3d to Bs. 6d., according to quality. 1 A very large entry of cattle came to hand, 817 being yarded, nearly every available pen being filled. There was a large supply of beef, a considerable proportion being of excellent quality, the feature of the market being a pen of station-bred bullocks from Longbeach. They were really magnificent animals, showing fine breeding, with great beefcarrying capabilities. They topped the market, averaging £lO 6s. Considering the large supply, the market was tolerably good, most lots finding buyers, but at slightly reduced prices on the sales. The last few pens, however, had to put up with a reduction of about 10s. per head on the prices obtained earlier in the sale. The average of prime beef was about 265. pet lOOlbs.; inferior 225. to 245. The store cattle pens were all well filled, there being the largest entry we have had this season. The market was not very lively, but still a good many lots changed hands. 3-year-old Bullocks, £5 7s. 6d. to' £6, the latter being large-framed bullocks ; 2-year-old steers, £3 12a. fid. to £4lsa, according to condition; 3-year-old heifers, £4 ss. ; 2-year heifers, £3 7a. fid. to £4; yearlings, £2 6a to £3 2a fid.; calves 21s. to 275.; storp cows, £3 10s. to £4 10s.; very few dairy, cows in, and little demand. On Mopday, 17th, we held our usual monthly sale | at Southbrldge, when there was a large entry of store sheep, but very Ittle business was done, vendors holding out for higher prices than buyers were prepared to give. And the same remarks apply to the cattle market However, after the sale a good many were disposed of privately. We placed fat shorn crossbreds at 8a; 2 and 4-tooth cross-bred stores, at 65.; shorn cross-bred ewes and lambs, ss. Fat Cattle—A number of very nice cattle yarded, but little demand, what were sold making about 225. per lOOlbs ; 2-year-ol', mixed sexes, £3 2s. fid., yearlings, £2 ss. ; store cows, £3 10s. to t 4. Messrs. J. T. Ford & Co. report on the
live stock market for the week endifig Thursday, the 20th inst., as fellows The total number of stock yarded ,4t Addington on Wednesday comprised—--5362 sheep, 817 cattle, and 23 pigs. Fat sheep sold remarkably well in consequence of the trade being what is termed run out—there being no market the Wednesday previous, and every line was quitted at capital prices. Beef was not in great demand, as many of the butchers had supplied themselves beforehanc, but still good quality sold at fair prices, and very few were turned out unsold at the end of the day. Store cattle are moving away freely, and prices for this class of stock will not bo lower this year, as the supply of grass in every district is in the greatest abundance, and in many instances too luxuriant for sheep. Store sheep are also in good demand, especially crossbred wethers. We have orders at present for larye lines of fourtooth crossbreds, but are unable to supply them. Young merino ewes are also in capital demand for forward delivery, but this class of sheep also is very difficult to obtain. Our entries for the day were on account of Messrs. J. Studhohne, Ladbrook, Grieves, Linney, Sutton, Sutherland, Maher, Carletou, Hayes, Duncan, S. Garforth, C. R. Campbell, Robertson, Rountree, Evans, and others, comprising 1,500 sheep and 203 head of cattle ; 20 fat steers, on account of Mr. S. Evans, brought an all round average of £9 2s each ; 6 head, on account of same owner, brought £8 16s each. Seventy head of store cattle, on account of Mr. T. Sutton, brought an average of £5 11s 6d each. Twenty-six head of young stock, on account of Mr. Carleton, brought from £ll3s 6d to £2 6s each, and several lines on account of different other owners, at from £3 15s to £4 7s 6d each. Mr. Studholme’s cross-breds brought from 9s 6d to 10s each ; Mr. Campbell’s 10s 6d each. Crossbred wethers, on account of Mr. Evans, brought 11s each ; ewes, on account of same owner, sold at 9s each.
We quote beef at 9s per lOOlbs., and mutton at 2d.
At our wool and skin sale we catalogued 2,100 skins and 150 hides. We had the usual attendance of buyers, and best butchers’ crossbreds went up to 4s 9d each ; best merino skins at from 4s 7d to 4s 9d each ; medium of each class at from 3s 6d to 4s each ; tallow sold at from l£d to l|d per lb. Hides—We quitted our lot at 3£d per lb. all round.
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