ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST.
CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE The following is the Corn Exchange report for the week ending, Friday evening, the 27th inst ; Since last week’s report, the grain growing districts in Canterbury have been favored with copious rain. Although the weather has been cold and boisterous, yet the early sown wheat shows marked signs of extreme vigor. The com growing land, as a rule, is in fine condition, and as the weather has taken up, the season so far has been a favorable one. The rainfall, however, has been considerably below the average, yet there has been ample for all farming purposes. The gale of last week has done damage in many localities, but is not very serious. The wheat market during the week has not suffered much change. The rates offered by the local millers prevent merchants baying for export, as the Home markets must eventually regulate prices here. The advanced rates can only be looked on as temporary. Wheat. The market continues to be in bare supply, and local millers are still purchasers for good sound milling quality. Parcels of this description are saleable at from 4s. to 4s. 2d. ; seed samples at 4s. 3d. to 4s. 9d., and chick wheat from 2s. to 2s. 6d. per bushel. Oats. —There is little or no change during the past week ; the demand is hardly so good, but prices remain unaltered. First-class bright milling samples are fetching Is. fid. to Is. Bd. per bushel. Feed quality is not so much sought after, and is not worth over Is. 3d. to la. 4d. ; inferior quality of feed Is. to Is. 2d. Barley.—The market is bare is firstclass malting samples. For this quality 3s. to 3s. 3d. is obtainable. Second rate 2s. to 2s. fid. Feed quality Is. fid. to Is, Bd. per bushel. Potatoes. —During the past week values are lower. The Sydney market has been again liberally supplied from Warnambool and Tasmania. Holders are now anxious to sell, but exporters in the absence of a present demand, decline to operate. 20s. per ton now only is offered, and buyers are scarce. Grass Seed.—The demand for this article of produce continues fairly good. Well cleaned parcels are being offered at 2s. 9d. to 3s. per bushel. Indifferent to inferior Is. fid. to 2s. fid. per. bushel. Cheese and Butter.—The former is in good supply, at from 4d. to 4|d. The latter is in abundant supply, and with the prospects of new being to hand very soon, as almost unsaleable. Hay.—Hay is worth 50a. to 555. per ton delivered in Christchurch. Messrs, H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, &c., for the week ending Thursday, Aug. 26, ISBO, as follows For yesterday’s weekly auction at Addington there was a falling off in the supply of sheep, whilst fat and store cattle showed a corresponding increase over the previous week’s sale. The entry in sheep was chiefly made up of "butchers’ lines,” but, with one or two exceptions, the quality was below the average of the past six weeks or two months. The exceptions alluded to were really prime, and both in crossbreds and merinoes would be difficult to beat. There was a fair attendance of the trade, and from fust to last the market was brisk, every line being cleared as the sale progressed, at prices very nearly recovering last week’s drop. This, however, must be looked upon as the result of the thin market. Heavy weight crossbred wethers brought 16s. 6d. to 18s. 6d. medium weights 14s. to 165., merino wethers g s , t 0 __ and a large line of merino ewes 9s. to 10s. 6d. In beef the full supply hid a somewhat depressing effect upon opening sales, and the earlier lines were taken up sluggishly. This, however, soon gave way, and the bulk of the large entry found buyers at prices bearing favorable comparison with last week’s rates. Store cattle are perhaps a little easier, but this no doubt is partly accounted for by the full supply and by the sharp frosts we have been getting for several nights past. Two or three year old mixed cattle brought I 4 10s. to 1-5 5 s - 5 steers to L 6: yearlings to two-year olds, L2 15s. to L 3 15s. and L 4; weaners, 355. to 50s. In the pig trade there is littl doing. The supply is very limited, but this in no way checks the downward tendency in prices, owing to the suspension of curing operations. The tofrls yarded for the day comprised 3,915 sheep, 525 head of cattle, and 40 pigs, of which our entry included 1,413 sheep, 230 head of cattle, and 23 pigs. Canterbury Horse Market.—On Friday last we held our special sale of horses, &c., in connection with the ooening of the new addition and alterations to Tattersall’s. During the day the bazaar was thronged, and great satisfaction was expressed on all sides with the arrangements made for the safety and comfort of our clients. There were 100 horses yarded for the day’s sale, most of which changed owners at prices considerably in advance to what we have lately been accustomed. On Saturday we held our usual weekly sale, at which the balance of horses either unsold or which were from other causes unoffered on Friday, were submitted to public competition. Our entries for the day’s sale were 73 horses, &c., including the whole of the well-known railway horses and plant, the property of Mr. Peter McGrath, whose fifteen horses realised as follows, namely, Lso, 1.32, Ll 9 1 os., L24.fiL4l, L 32 10s., L2B ios., LlB, L 27, Ll 9, L3*, Lio, Lis Iss. Lis, Lis. We also sold for Ihe same owner twelve sets of harness, at from 35s- to L$ 15s. per set ; six drays at from L 7 to Ll 7 10s. ; ten wheelbarrows 15s. each, &c. We also disposed of. our catalogue at more than usually satisfactory prices, and when we state that out of our total entry for the day only thirteen were turned out unsold, our clients must arrive at the same conclusion as we do, that it was certainly the best sale that has been held in Tattersall’s for the past twelve months. During the week we disposed of that well known and successful getter of first-class draught stock, Major, to F. M. Rickman, Esq., Waimate. Major was bred by E. Aiding, Esq., Wiltshire, and was by the pure bred Suffolk horse Boxer, winner of three successive prizes of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Grand sire Rob Roy, Sober, by tire celebrated horse Pride o Suffolk, grand dam Lady Mary, We must congratulate Mr. Rickman upon his purchase, and we trust that Major will prove as successful with him as he has with Mr, Joseph Taylor, his late owner. Mr. Rickman has also purchased through us a very nice pony stallion, Wee Mick, by Merrylegs out of an imported Arab mare. Wool, sheepskins, hides, fat and tallow report. —On Thursday, there was an average attendance of fellmongers, and, no doubt owing to the reports from the English markets still continuing favorable, biddings were very spirited, and values may be quoted at a slight advance upon last week’s rates. [by TELEGRAPH.] Dunedin, Aug. 27. Good sample milling wheat, 4s. 3d. to 4s. 6d. ; fowl’s wheat, 2s. 6d. to 3 s - 5 f eec l oats, is. sd. to is. 6d.; milling is. ?d, to is. Bd.; malt barley, 2s. pd. to 3s. 3d. ; feed, is. gd. to 2s. 6d.; potatoes, L2 Ss. to L2 7s. 6d. ; grass hay, L2 10s.; oaten hay, L 3 ; medium wheat, 3s. gd. to 45.; straw, Lz ; bran, L 3 Ss. ; pollard, L 4 ; flour, LlO ios. to Li 1 ; oatmeal, Lg ios.; pearl barley, LlB ; onions, 7s. 6d. to Bf. ; cheese, Sd, ; bacon, rolled, gd.; hams, gj£d.; sides bacon, Bj£d. per lb. (grain fed); chaff, L2 155.; prime beef, 255. per loolbs. ; mutton, 2^d.
d. s . d. Butter, inferior to best $ lb IO 0 to 1 2 Eggs, t? dozen X 0 to 0 0 Cheese, prime quality, $ lb 0 6 to 0 8 Bacon, prime smoked, # lb 0 10 to I 0 Hams in cloth, $ lb X 2 to 0 0 Flour in bags, $ loolb 13 0 to 0 0 Oatmeal, D? 251b 4 0 to 0 0 Lard, lb - 0 7 to 0 0
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