ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST.
Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, &c. for the week ending Thursday, March 4th, 1880, as follows : For yesterday’s weekly sale at the Addington Yards 5031 sheep, 483 head of cattle, and 44 pigs were yarded. The supply of mutton and beef was comparatively small, and prices showed a firmer and advanced rate of 6d to 9d per hbad on fat sheep, with a ready sale, beef well maintaining last week’s quotations. Oh account of Messrs Haylock and Co., of Akaroa, we sold a line of 500 prime crossbreds at Bs. 6d. to Bs. 9d. per head, ordinary lots at 7s. 6d. to 8s 3d. Fat merinos were well represented, about 800 being penned, and the bulk quitted at from 6s. to 7s. each. The lamb market constituted a small entry. Good lines brought up to 9s. 3d. each, scrubbers being unsaleable at from 4s. to ss. In store sheep there is little or no alteration to report. Breeding ewes are extensively inquired after, very few being sent forward, and for the small lines of mixed uneven sheep that find their way into the market absurdly high prices are being asked. The quality of the beef to band was rather below the average, still most lots were quitted at from 18s. to 225. per lOOlbs. as per description. Store cattle are unchanged ; good even well conditioned lines moving ofi’ freely, eighteen months to two-year old cattle at from L 3 ss. to L 4 per head, two to three-year-olds L 4 10s. to L 5 10s. per head. Springers and dairy cows are now extensively inquired after, selling freely on Wednesday at an advance of 10s. to LI per head over late ruling rates. The supply of pigs is still very short, and far below requirements, prices consequently ruling excessively high. Messrs. Acland, Campbell and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending 4th March, as follows : At the Addington yesterday the supply of sheep was again short, only 5031 being yarded. However, the supply was quite equal to the demand. We cannot quote any improvement in prices, best crossbreds fetching up to Bs. 9d., medium weights 6s. 9d. to 7s. 6d., merino wethers 6s. up to 75., but a good many of this class were turned out unsold. Several lines of fair store sheep came to hand, but buyers did not operate freely. Two-tooth crossbreds ia fair condition made 6s. 3d. ; four, six and eight tooth crossbred ewes, in low condition, made ss. ; merino ewes (bad mouths), 3s. 7d. ; lambs sold freely from 4s. 3d. up to 9s. 6d. Cattle —483 yarded. In fat cattle last week’s rates were not maintained, there being a drop of from 2s. 6d. to 3s. per lOOlbs. A good many store cattle in, for which there was a fair demand, and most lots were cleared at fully late rates. On Tuesday, the 2nd, we held our usual monthly sale atTinwald, whena good many cattle came to hand, but very few sheep. The attendance was small, as farmers are still too busy with harvest operations to attend sales. We managed to clear all lines, however, at tolerably satisfactory rates. CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE. The following is the report of the Corn Exchange for the week ending Friday evening, the sth instant : The week that has gone by has not developed any new feature which calls for special remark. Business on the whole is quiet. The -weather still continues most favorable for harvesting and threshing operations. The great bulk of the grain is finding its way fo Lyttelton for shipment to England. Values remain unchanged. Wheat—Good milling samples are readily saleable at 45., f.o.b. For really very prime and large parcels a shade over that quotation might be obtained. Good chick wheat will command 3s. to 3s. 2d. Oats—Some large sales are reported at Is. 4d. per bushel. As mentioned in last week’s report, a considerable portion of the yield is being sent to London. This will doubtless have a beneficial effect on prices; at present, however, quotations remain as before, Is. 4d. to Is. 6d. per bushel. Barley—The quality of the grain now coming to hand is better than the samples shown at the beginning of the season. Prime malting samples are readily saleable at 3s. 6d, to 3s. Bd. per bushel; inferior qnality is not much sought after and is difficult of sale. The quality of the last mentioned varies so much that a large margin must be given in price, which will range from 2s. 4d. to 3s per bushel. Grass Seed—Grass seed is not attracting much attention ; quotations as before, 2s. 6d. to 2s. 9d per bushel. Potatoes —Potatoes rre now beginning tp be enquired for, but no sales of importance have as yet taken place. In the absence of transactions it is difficult to give a quotation. The opening prices will in all probability be between 255. and 30s. per ton. Cheese and Butter —4d. to sd. per lb for the former, and 7d. to Bd. per lb for the latter.
s. d. s. d. Butter, inferior to best $ lb o 9 to 0 10 Eggs, dozen i 0 to 1 2 Cheese, prime quality, lb o 8 to I 0 Bacon, prime smoked, i? lb o 10 to I 0 Hams in cloth, if lb I 4 to I 4 Flour in bags, loolb 14 6 to 0 0 Oatmeal, w 2Slb 6 0 to 0 0 Lard, $ lb - 0 9 to 0 0
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