Ashburton Guardian Office, Friday evening.
Messrs. Edmiston, G undry and Co. report for the week ending Friday, 14th inst. There has been a fair demand for general produce during the week, the prices obtained . being about the same as last week’s quotations. —Onions, id to Id. per lb. ; potatoes, L2 ss. to L2 10s. per ton, bags extra; cheese, to 6d. per lb. ; apples, ss. case ; peas, 2s. 6d. to 3s. bushel. At the Horse Bazaar on the Bth, the sale was well attended, though the bidding was languid, and we had great diffi.culty in disposing of really first class hacks from L 6 to L 9, the class of horses that require the most attention being light draughts from LlB to L 26. At the Ashburton Yards on Tuesday, 116 G sheep, 587 head of cattle, and 44 pigs came to hand. There was a large attendance, but the bidding weak, and a great many lots had to be withdrawn, not fetching the very low reserve placed upon them. We quote prime beef 17s. to 18s. 6d. per 100 lbs. ; good dairy cows, L 6 to L 8; stores, L 3 ss. to L 4 10s ; sheep, half bred, 9s. 9d. to 11s. Cd. ; crossbreds, Ss. 6d. to 10s. ; stores, mixed ages, 3s. Gd. to Cs. Cd. ; pigs, sd. per lb. Thursday, 13th, we held a sale of properties at our Eooms, East street, when we sold the following sections at Tinwald ; —Lots 521, 522, 534, 529 at Ll 6 each ; lot 529, L 27 10s. ; lot 525, Ll 9 ; lot IGB and a four-roomed cottage (by order of the mortgagees), for L 165. In the estate of E. Watkins, lots 23, 24, East Belt, with a four-roomed cottage, Ll3O ; lots 27, 28, near Gas-works, at Ll 4 10s. each—the other properties* being withdrawn, not fetching owners’ reserve.
CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE
The following is the Christchurch Corn Exchange report for the week ending Friday, the 14th instant ; The market for all classes of produce is extremely heavy. Wheat (which may be termed the farmer’s mainstay) has receded in price quite 6d. a bushel since the opening of the season. The price of oats has come to such a pass that the farmer, before threshing out, takes it seriously into consideration whether it is not better for him to allow the grain to remain in stack. What between threshing, carting, railway carriage and often extra cartage in town, he has little or nothing left. Barley is now almost unsaleable, and potatoes have a fate very nearly akin to oats. Purchasers in all these classes are extremely indifferent, and producers are unwilling to part for the money offered. In this state of things it is not difficult to understand that sales are not easy to effect. The state of the market is almost precisely what it was the foregoing week, prices remaining unaltered. Wheat.—Good milling quality, sound and fit for shipment, is saleable at 3s. 6d. per bushel f.o.b. in Lyttleton, large lines being more saleable than small. Sales of similar quality for local use are not numerous ; millers being well-stocked are therefore indifferent. Seed quality, of particular kinds, will command 3s. lOd. to 4s. per bushel. Chick wheat is in large supply ; sales are difficult to make, the quality of this class of grain is so varied that a large disparity in price must be allowed, viz., from 2s. 2d. to 3s. per bushel.
Oats. —This cereal, although so plentiful, is not being rushed into the market so quickly as might have been anticip.ated. The reason for this is of course obvious, producers preferring to take the risk of what may turn up in the shape of a change for the better than thresh out and take the present prices. Good milling will not command over Is. 4d. to Is. 6d. per bushel; feed qualities, Is. 3d. to Is. 3id. per bushel. Barley.—Large quantities are being offered, but are meeting with little or no attention. Occasional sales are being effected of choice malting samples at from 3s. Gd, to 3s. 9d. per bushel, in some instances good malting quality has changed hands at 3s. 6d. per bushel. Inferior and feed qualities are not saleable. Prices nominal.
Potatoes. —Business is taking place in this produce at prices very often withheld. A considerable amount of mystery seems to surround the value of the tuber this year. Large quantities are in the meantime being shipped which will ere long unfold a tale. Meantime prices may be quoted at from 255. to 275. 6d. per ton at country stations, sacks extra. Grass Seed.—Small sales are taking place at from 2s. Gd. to 2s. 10J. per bushel. Demand slack. Cooksfoot, 2d. to 2id. per lb. Cheese and Butter. —The first mentioned article is in plentiful supply with rather a slack demand at 4d. to 4|-d. per lb. For the latter the supply is good with fair demand at B|d. to 9d. per lb.
Dunedin, May 14,
Prime beef, 225. 6d. to 255. per 1001 b. ; mutton, 3s. lOd. to 4s. ; fowl’s wheat, 3s. to 3s. 3d. ; oats Is. 3d. to Is. 4d. ; malt barley, 3s. lOd. to 4s. ; feed, 2s. 6d. to 3s. ; potatoes, L2 10s. ; old hay, L 4; new oaten hay, L 3; chaff L 3 ; straw, L2 ; bran, T. 3 ; pollard, L 4; flour, LlO 10s. to LlO 15s. per ton ; large sacks oatmeal, LlO ; pearl barley, Ll 3 ; onions, 7s. ; new cheese, sd. ; bacon, rolled, lOd. ; hams, Is. ; sides bacon, lid.
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