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* Messrs. J. T. Ford and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending Thursday, the 29th inst., as follows : In consequence of the harvest operations there was a very limited supply of sheep sent forward for last Wednesday’s market, and what were yarded sold readily at considerable advance on previous week’s prices. However, this is no criterion of values, as next week may see the yards glutted with fat sheep. The total number sent forward comprised 1,900 sheep, 264 cattle, and 53 pigs. Mutton sold freely at 2d. per lb., and beef at from 17s. Gd. to 20s. per IOOIbs. The demand for store crossbred sheep is very active, and we feel convinced this class of stock will be much wanted after harvest for grazing purposes. We have also a fair enquiry for crossbred ewes for lambing purposes, also for sound mouthed merino ewes. Delivery to be taken during the early part of March next. Our entries were on account of Messrs. S. Garforth, Grieves, Evans, Slattery, Blake, Kefshaw, and others. In sheep we sold a line of fat crossbred ewes on account of Mr. Evans, at Bs. 6d. ; also, on account of same owner, 200 fat lambs at from 7s. 3d. to 7s. 6d. each. Fat cows on account of Mr. Blake and others at from L 5 12s. 6d. to L 6 10s. each. Fat calves brought from 25s to 30s. each. At our wool sale on Thursday, we catalogued over3oobales, and succeeded in selling every parcel at satisfactory prices. At onr skin and tallo w sale on Thursday we had the usual attendance of buyers, and biddings throughout were very brisk. Lambskins brought from Is. 3d. to Is. lOd. each, best merino skins up to ss. Id. each, crossbreds, 4s. Bd. each ; pelts, from Bd. to Is. 9d. each ; rough fat at l|d. per lb., and tallow in casks at L2l per ton ; bides, 3|d per lb.

Messrs. Acland, Campbell and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending Thursday, 29th January, as follows : At the Addingtor yards yesterday only ISOO sheep were to hand, being the smallest number we have ever seen penned since the yards were opened. But even this short supply seemed enough for the requirements of the trade, as with the exception of one or two lines there was very little advance on the prices ruling of late. We quote best crossbreds, heavy weights, from 9s. to 10s. 3d. ; medium, 7s. Gd. to Bs. 6d. ; light weights, Gs. 6d. to 7s. ; very few stores in. We placed one small line of two-tooth crossbreds, mixed sexes, at ss. Bd., and another lot of two-tooth crossbred wethers, early shorn and in good condition, at Gs. Bd., and a very superior lot of fat merino wethers from the Hon. Ernest Grey’s Eoonhay estate realised Bs. 9d. Lambs found a ready sale at from 4s. to Ss., according to quality. Cattle—2G4 head were yarded. We cannot quote any improvement in the price of fat cattle, in fact a good deal of beef was sold yesterday at little over 15s. per lOOlbs. We placed one very well grazed line of bullocks from Campbell Bros.’ Bellfield estate, at an average of L 7 7s. per head, making the highest price in the market, and equal to slightly over 20s per lOOlbs. Very few store cattle in, but those found a tolerably ready sale at late rates, two to throe-year-old steers in good condition fetching from L 4 10s. to L 5 2s. 6d. Eighteen months old, 50s. ; yearlings up to 40s; springers, L 4 10s. up to L 7. On Friday, 23rd inst., wo held a sale at Horsley Down, on account of the executors 'of the late J. W. Mallcck, Esq. We had a good attendance, and all lots found buyers at satisfactory prices. We also at the same time sold on account of Messrs. Mallock and Lance a line of fat bullocks at L 7 10s. per head. We also for the same owners disposed of 500 store merino wethers at market rates. Messrs. Robert Wilkin and Co. report under date January 29th : At the Addington yards on Wednesday, 1900 sheep, 264 head of cattle, and 52 pigs were yarded. Owing to the very limited supply of sheep the competition was brisk for the various lots offered, and in consequence there was a rise compared to list week’s prices of fully 2s. per head for the best quality lots. We sold on account of several clients —Fat cross-breda, to 9s. Gd. each ; ditto merinos, Bs. 9d.; Fat steers, L 6 7s. 6d.; pigs, from L2 ss. to L3lßs. Sheepskins—At our sale to-day 2504 skins were catalogued and all sold. There was a large attendance of buyers, and competition was brisk, resulting in satisfactory prices being obtained. Woolly cross-bred. Is. 3d., 35., and 45.; do merino, Is. 10d., 3s. Gd., and 4s. 9d.; pelts, 3d., lid., and Is. 7d.; lambskins, Is. 6d., Is. 9d., and 2s. Fat and Tallow—loß packages fat and tallow were catalogued and all sold. There was a good attendance of the trade, competition was brisk, prices being even throughout. Fat, in bags—Best quality clean and well saved, to l|d per lb.; inferior and heated, at Id. per lb. Tallow, in casks—lnferior, 12s. Gd., 13s. Gd., and 20s. per cwt. Hides—Salted, 3£d. per lb.; damaged, 2d. per lb. Calfskins unsold. ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST. s. d. s. d. Butter, inferior to best fib I o to o o Eggs, li? dozen. - - i 6 to i 9 Cheese, prime quality, If lb o g to I o Bacon, prime smoked, 1? lb oio to I o Hams in cloth, I? lb I o to I 4 Flour in bags, IP 1 xoolb 14 6 to 00 Oatmeal, 258) • 6 o to o o Lard, 3? Ib - - - 09 to 00

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 55, 31 January 1880

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