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[BY TELEGRAPH.] Dunedin, June 18. Prime beef, 255. per lOOlbs. ; mutton, 3d. per lb. ; good sample mill wheat, 3s. 6d. to 3s. lOd. ; fowl wheat, 2s. 6d. to 3s. ; oats, Is. 3d., to Is. 4d. ; malt barley, 3s. 6d. to 3s. lOd.; feed, 2s. fid. to 35.; potatoes, L2 7a. 6d. ; old hay, L 4; new oaten hay, L 3 ; chaff, L 3 ; straw, L2 ; bran, L 3; pollard, L 4 ; flour, L 9 10s. to LlO ; oatmeal, L 9 10s ; pearl barley, L2O; onions, L 7 ; cheese, sd. ; bacon, rolled, lOd. ; ham, Is. ; sides of bacon, lOd. ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST. s. d. s, d. Butter, inferior to best I? lb oto to I o Eggs, 1? dozen - - iio to 2 o Cheese, prime quality, 1? lb o to o 6 Bacon, prime smoked, Plb o o to o o Hams in cloth, 1? lb - o o to o o Flour in bags, loolb 14 o to 00 Oatmeal, $ 251 b - 5 0 *-° 00 Lard, I? lb - - - o 9 to o o Messrs. Matson and Co. report as follows on the live stock market for the week ending June 17 : Yesterday’s weekly sale at the Addington Yards presented a large entry of all classes of sheep, both cross-bred and merinos, mutton being well represented. Of the former, the quality was generally good, Mr. R. M. Morten’s wethers and several other lines being especially prime, the first-mentioned topping the market at 16s. per head. The auction opened with a good attendance, but the full supply had the effect of causing biddings at the early sales to be somewhat languid, and prices fora time showed a decline of Is. to Is. 6d. per head under last week’s rates. This, however, was to a great extent recovered toward the middle and close of the sale, and, with the exception of one or two small lots, all tho mutton was cleared at from 2d. to 2id. per lb. Store sheep are still in great demand, more particularly young ewes for breeding purposes, which are very difficult to obtain. In the absence of store cross-breds for turnip feeding, and in anticipation of the present wool rate being well maintained, half and three-quarter fat sheep are in many instances being taken up by graziers at from 9s. to 10s. 6d. per head, to hold over for next season’s clip. Tho beef trade yesterday exhibited a slight sign of improvement in the demand, and most of the lots on offer were cleared. The large quantity, however, sent into the market every week, and the extensive outside transactions, prevent any hope of improvement in price for some little time, or until owners have to depend almost entirety upon hay and turnips for grazing purposes. Then, and not till then, may any improvement be looked for. Store cattle are moving off rather more freely, but no material alteration in values can be quoted. The totals yarded for the day comprised 293 head of cattle, 7,938 sheep, and 290 pigs, of which our entry included 174 head of cattle, 3,846 sheep, and 259 pigs. In pigs there was the largest entry of the season, but although competition for the various lots was well maintained, prices have fallen 10 to 25 per cent, below rates ruling a month or six weeks since. We hear from good authority, too, that bacon curers have reduced their trade price from sd. to 4d. and 4Jd. per lb. This must, of course, make a corresponding decrease in the price of stores. Country Sale.—On Tuesday, at the Tinwald Saleyards, we sold, by order of the trustee in the estate of Messrs. William Fleming, J. Smith, P. Whitelaw, and Gray, the whole of their live and dead stock, removed tc the yards for convenience of sale. There was one of the largest audiences ever seen at the Tinwald Yards, and every line submitted caused keen competition, resulting In a toffil clearance at most satisfactory values. Messrs. Aeland, Campbell and Co. report on their sales in the live stock market for the past fortnight, as follows : —On Tuesday, June 8, we held our usual fortnightly sale at Ashburton, when there was a large entry of sheep. We placed over 1000 at satisfactory rates. Fat cross-breds up to 10s., stores from 6s. 6d. to Bs. 6d., merino store wethers ss. 3d., ewes 4s. There were about the usual number of cattle entered, and nearly all were placed at prices equal to late-quotations. A good many pigs came to hand, all of them being quickly disposed of at full prices. We also sold several farm horses, implements, &c., horses making up to L 24, double-furrow plough Ll2, M'Cormick reaper and binder L3O. On Friday, the 11th, and Saturday, the 12!h, we held a clearing sale of stock, &c., at Westerfield, on account of Mr. O. G. Hawdon. The sale was one of the most satisfactory wo have held for some time, there being a very large attendance, in fact the largest we have ever seen at any country sale, and the biddings for nearly all lots wore most spirited. Dairy cows fetched from L 5 to L 8 ss. ; two-year-old heifers, L 4 15s. ; three-year-old steers, L 5 ; two-year-old steers, L 3 2s. 6d. ; yearlings, L2 7s. 6d. ; calves, 30s. The stud flock of pure Lincolns averaged about L 3 3s. all round, Messrs. M‘Lean, Greenaway, Cameron, and Corsbie being the buyers. Although this may appear a low price for such highclass stock, still considering the times we must look on the rate as fairly satisfactory. Good useful farm horses fetched from L2O to L 35. There was no difficulty in disposing of all the pigs at full market rates, averaging L2 15s. 6J. CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE The following is the report of the Christchurch Corn Exchange for the week ending Friday evening, the 18th inst : The dullness which has characterised the grain trade almost from its commencement, has, during the week that has lapsed, been more palpable. The business that is being done, is what may be termed a hand to mouth one. Buyers are still to be found for large lines of produce, but the quality must be unexceptionable. The recent favorable account of consignments of oats to the United Kingdom has caused a better inquiry for milling samples, although prices are as yet not sensibly affected. It is reported that several applications for space have been made in order further to test the practicability of making a staple export of this cereal. Wheat.—Large linos of really good milling samples will meet with buyers at from 3s. 6d. to 3s. 7d., f.o.b. Second quality, milling, is in good supply, with a fair demand, at from 3s. to 3s. 3d. f.o.b. Cluck wheat also is in large supply, and is being offered at very low figures, viz., at from Is. 9d. to 2s. 4d. per bushel. Oats.—lnquiries are on foot for good heavy milling samples suitable for shipment at from Is. 4d. to Is. sd. per bushel f.o.b. Feed qualities are passing into consumption at from Is. to Is. 3d. per bushel ; inferior feed samples 9d. to lid. per bushel. Barley.—A rather better demand is apparent for parcels of undeniable malting quality ; for such 3s. to 3s. 4d. per bushel is obtainable. Second rate malting 2s. to 2s. 6d. Discolored and inferior is almost unsaleable. Potatoes are being inquired for, but prices are unaltered. For immediate delivery, 255. to 265. per ton is given ; for forward delivery, 355. to 365. per ton, sacks extra in both cases. Grass Seed.—No business doing at present ; prices nominal. Cheese and Butter. Quotations are unaltered. 4d. to for the former, and 9d. to lOd. for the latter.

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 115, 19 June 1880

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