ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST,
CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE,
The following is the report of the Christchurch Corn Exchange for the week ending Friday, the 6th inst.: There is no change to report in the state of the grain market during the past week. Yalues are unchanged. The weather continues most favorable for farming operations. Already a large area of ground has been sown with wheat. Wheat—The demand continues good. Fine milling quality commands 3s. lOd. to 3s. Hd. per bushel. Large lines of similar description are worth a shade over these quotations—viz., 3s. lljd. to 4s. (Hd.; seed wheats, 4s. 3d. to 4s. fid. per bushel; second-class milling samples, 3s. to 3s. 2d.; chickwheat, Is. 9d. to 2s. fid. per bushel. Oats—Good sound bright milling parcels are being inquired for ; the business done however has not been on an extensive sale, as holders appear to think that an advance on present prices is inevitable. Market rates at present are Is. (Hd. to Is. Bd., f.0.b.; good feed quality is moving off at from Is. 4d. to Is. sd. per bushel; inferior feed samples, la. Id. to la. 2d. per bushel. Barley—The demand . for first-class malting quality continues good, and will find buyers from 3s. to 3s. 3d. per bushel; second class malting samples, 2s. 3d. to 2s. 6d. per bushel ; feed samples. Is. fid. to la. Bd. per bushel. Potatoes are being inquired for, and business can be transacted from 245. to 255. per ton at country stations within a radius of eight miles from Christchui’ch, sacks extra. Holders are unwilling to do business at these quotations, consequently business in the tuber is rather at a standstill. Many holders are asking 30s. per ton, hut this price is prohibitory in the state of foreign markets at present. Cheese and Butter —The market is well supplied, with rather a sluggish demand ; the former is rather slow of sale at from 4d. to 4kl. per lb. The same may be said of the latter, at from 9d. to 94-d per
lb. Hay—sos. to 555. per ton, delivered in town.
Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report for the week ending Thursday, August 5 '• Yesterday’s weekly markets at Addington presented an aveiage supply of all classes of stock. The sheep-yards were filled, chiefly with prime mutton, including one or two lines of the best merinos that have been sent to hand this season. Owing to the large entry, the tone of the market was quieter, and prices ruled very irregularly. In some cases last week’s rates were fully maintained, whilst in others there was a drop of 6d. to is. per head. Taken as whole, the sheep sale must be considered very satisfactory, as out of our total entry, only one line was turned out unsold, prices generally averaging about the same as last week. The great scarcity of beef at last week’s markets, and consequent “jump’ in prices, had the effect of filling the yards yesterday, and as we predicted, a drop of from as. to 4s. per loolbs, was the result. The market, however, was firm throughout, and most of the lots were cleared at rates equal to the decline above quoted. Of the store cattle there was a larger number penned than for some weeks past. Prices for good useful lines are improving, steers being particularly in request. Weaners, which six weeks ago were unsaleable, are now enquired after at from ss. to 425. per head, whilst in eighteen months cattle, etc., there is an advance in price of fully 10s. to 15s. per bead. The totals yarded for the day comprised 451 head of cattle, 5,950 sheep, and 206 pigs, of which our entry included 235 head of cattle, 4,313 sheep, and So pigs. In sheep our principal sales were—147 mixed cross-breds at 15s. 3d., 6at 15s. gd. 52 at 15s. 3d., 52 at 165., 106 at 15s. 6d., 26 at 165., 58 wethers at 17s. 6d., 62 at 165., 40 mixed at 145., 64 merino wethers at 13s. 6d. s 30 at 145., 54 at 133. 6d., 121 ditto at - Bs. 3d. to Qs., 190 cross-breds at 15s. 6d., 138 ditto at 15s. 6d., 41 st 145., 41 at 14s. 6d., 39 at 15s. 3d., 72 at 15s. gd., 27 at 165., 47 at 15s. gd., 65 at 17s. Stores—643 cross-bred ewes, in lamb to Lincoln rams, at 15s. 837 hoggets at 9s. 3d., 119 hoggets at 10s., 58 do. at 9s. 3d., 82 four and six-tooth ewes at 10s. gd., 94 at 9s. 3d., 96 at 10s. gd„ 54 cull merinos at 4s. id., 159 cross-bred ewes at 13s. 6d., 51 mixed half-breds at Bs. gd., etc. Fat cattle—3 at Lli, lat Lit 10s., lat Ll 3 10s., 2 at L 9 7s. 6d., 7 at L 5 55., 7 at L 6, 2 at L 9 12s. 6d., 3at L 7 155., 2 at L 7 17s. 6d., 3 at L 7 15s , 2 at LB 55., 2 at L 7 17s. 6d., 3 at L 7, 2at LB, 5 at L 7 10s., 2 at L 6 155., 2 at L 9 55., 2at L 7 2s. 6d., 2 at L 7 2s. 6d., 2 at L 7 10s., 3at L7,oxat Ls >55. Stores—s at L 3 45., 8 at La 175., 6 at I 4 12s. 6d., 7 at L 4 10s., 5 at L 4 23. 6d., 7 at L 3 ios., etc. Springers and milch cows, from L 6 to Ll 3. In pigs, we cleared our entry as under : —4 at 265. 13 at 275., 7at 195., 3 at 345., 9 at 245., 4at 265., 6at 19s. 6d., 2at 395. 6d., 4at 405., 5 at 405., 2 at 265., etc. At Ashburton, on Tuesday, we held our usual fortnightly sale of live stock, etc. There was a large number of stock forward, most of which were disposed of at satisfactory prices. We sold 126 hoggets at 12s. gd., 49 ewes at 13s. 3d., 200 store ewes at 12s. id., about 60 head of cattle and 94 pigs. The audience was limited, notwithstanding which values in most cases were higher than those ruling at Addington, the only exception, perhaps, being young store cattle. [by telegraph.] Dunedin, Aug. 6. Prime beef, 255. to 275. 6d. per loolb.; mutton, per .lb.; good sample milling wheat, 3s. gd. to 4s. id.; fowl wheat, 2s. 6d. to 35.; feed oats, is. 4d. to is. Sd,; milling, is. 7d.; malt barley, 2s. gd. to 3s. 3d.; feed, is. gd. to 2s. 6d.; potatoes, L2 ss. to L2 7s. 6d.; grass hay, L2 10s.; oaten hay, L 3 ; chaff, L 3 ; straw, L2 ; bran, L 3 Ss.; pollard, L 4 ; flour, L 9 ios. to Lxo; oatmeal, Lg ios.; pearl barley, LlB ; onions, 75.; cheese, 4d,; bacon, rolled, gd.; hams, iod.; sides bacon, B)4d.
■T. d. s. d. Butter, inferior to best f lb I 0 to I 3 Eggs, f dozen I 0 to I 2 Cheese, prime quality, f lb O 6 to 0 8 Bacon, prime smoked, lb O 10 to I 0 Hams in cloth, lb 1 2 to 0 0 Flour in bags, xoolb 13 0 to 0 0 Oatmeal, f 25® 4 6 to . 0 0 Lard, f ib - 0 7 to 0 0
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