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COMMERCIAL.

ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST.

CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE The following is the Corn Exchange report for the week ending, Friday evening, the 3rd inst.:— There is no change to report in the grain market during the past week, and values are unchanged. The weather continues all that can be desired, and there is every indication at present of a , most favorable season.

Wheat.—First-class milling wheat is in demand, and readily saleable at from 4s. to 4s. 2d.; seed samples, 4s. 3d. to 4s. 9d.; chick wheat, 2s. to 2s. 6d. per bushel. Oats.—There is an enquiry for bright milling quality at from Is. 6d. to Is. Bd. per bushel ; feed samples, Is. 3d. to Is. 4d.; inferior, Is. to Is. 2d. per bushel. Barley.—First-class malting quality is in demand, anl is saleable at from '3s. to 3s. 3d. per bushel; second rate, 2s. to 2s. 6d.; feed quality, Is. 6d. to Is. Bd. per bushel.

Grass Seed.—Town-dressed heavy seed will command 3s. to 3s. 3d.; farmers’ parcels, indifferently dressed, 2s. to , 2s. 6d.; light and badly dressed, Is. (id; to 2s. per bushel. Potatoes.—The demand has not improved during the past week, and’no alteration for the better can be recorded in prices, 20s. per ton being the figure. Cheese and Butter. —The former is in good supply, and is heavy of sale at 4cl. to 4|d. The latter is abundant, and almost unsaleable.

Hay.—sos. to 555. per ton, delivered in Christchurch.

Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, etc., for the week ending Thursday, Sept. 2nd, ,1880, as follows ; Yesterday’s* sheep maaket was, without exception, the smallest of the season, and had it not been for several late consignments arriving by rai', the bulk of the trade must have been unsupplied. As it was, the whole entry did not represent more than half an average sale, and prices advanced is. to is. 6d. per head over last week’s rates, it being almost a “ scramble ” as to who could secure a pen. Prime crossbreds brought from 17s. to 2os. 6d. Merinos, medium, to 12s. We cannot but again deplore the irregularity in our marl ets, and, without suggesting any other remedy for the evil than that owners should consult their agents in town as to the probable supply for next sale before forwarding stock. by these means something like evenness in our markets might be brought about, as well as the general welfare of the stock raising and grazing community at large, by being able to depend on regularity in price and demand. In beef there was a large entry, the chief feature being a line of magnificent shorthorn bullocks from the Longbeach estate. These cattle were the theme of admiration from all parties, and generally admitted, for weight and quality to be the ‘’plums’’ of the season. Although sold at the latter part of the day, they elicited keen competition, realising up to Ll 3 10s., or an average of Ll2 per head. Light weights and inferior quality made up a large proportion of the entry, and prices for this class were 10s. to 15s. per head lower than the,average of last month. At this quotation most of the. lots were cleared. Store cattle -..were penned in large numbers, and prices tor all ages and classes ruled fully ten per cent, lower than a fortnight since, many lines being turned out unsold. .The high rates obtainable of late is filling the markets, and as a natural consequence there isatemporary decline in values. The totals yarded for the day’comprised 2,648 sheep,' 656 head of cattle, and 59 pigs, of which our entry included 1,261 sheep, 3*4 head cattle, and 45 pigs, for Messrs. ]ohn Grigg and Others. In sheep we sold 26 cross-breds at 19s. 9d., 101 do wethers at 18s. 6d., 74 at I^s > 6 c k 92 at rßs. 6d., 40 mixed at 155.", 33 at 13s. pel., 180 at 14s. 6d., 95 at 145., $o at 14s. pd., 90 at 155., 40 at 15s. 3d., 80 at 14s. pd., 40 at 145., 80 at 155., 25 ,at 18s. 6d;, 6d., 47 at 18s. 6d. Fat cattle (Longbeach line) 2 at Ll 3 ios. 2 at Ll2 55., 2 at Lii 155., 4at Ln 2s. 2S. 6d. ; others, 4at L 7 10s., 3 at L 7 2s. 6d, 5 at L 6 10s., 4aj L 6 2s. 6d., 4 at L 6 17s. 6d., 2at L 8 155., 3“3t L 5 7s. 6d, 5 at Lp, 4 at L 5 Ss., mat L 7 155., 6 at L 5, 2 at L 7 155., 3 at L 6 los. 4 at L 6 2s. 6d., 2 at L 7, 6 at 'L6 175., 6d. Stores, 54 head mixed at L 4 2s. 6d., 15 at L 5 ios., 10 at L 4 17s. 6d., 9at L 3 ios., 7 at L 3 125. fid., 7 at L 3 Ss., 10 at L 3 ios., 7 at L 4 ios., 12 at L 3 ios. Dairy cows and sptingers at from L 7 to Lio ios. In pigs we cleared our entry as under—B at 285., 3at 605., 3 at 275., 12 at 265., 11 at 263., 3 at 125., 4 at 16s.

Canterbury Horse Market.—Our last Saturday’s catalogue at Tattersall’s comprised an entry of eighty-seven horses, mostly broken and unbroken ‘draught and’plough horses. We quote young sound heavy draughts, L/JS 1° L 45; extra good, to LSO; medium do and plough horses, L 25 to L 32 ; light draught and spring cart horses, LlB to L 23 ; unbroken stock, proportionate rates ; good-sound upstanding hacks, Ll 6 to L 25 ; ordinary do, Lio to Ll 4 ; weeds, L 4 to Ly. Country Sales.—At the Ashburton Saleyards we held our usual fortnightly sale of live stock, etc. There was a very fair entry of stock penned for the day’s business, but, owing no doubt to the inclement weather, there was an unu-ually small attendance of buyers. AVe sold about 85 head of cattle at fair values, and we quitted some fair beef at 28s. 6d. per icolb. Shesp were scarce, and in consequence were much enquired for. We sold, in the insolvent estate of Joseph Ward, butcher, five horses, spring cart, sausage machine, harness, scales, saddles, etc., at full market values. At oilr next Tinwald sale, on Tuesday week, we expect to yard a grand line of young cattle.

Messrs. Acland, Campbell, and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending Thursday, September 2nd, as follows : On Tuesday, the 31st August, at the Ashburton Yards, we held the usual fortnightly sales. Owing to the inclement weather the entry of sheep was small. All lots entered were cleared at a s’ight reduction on prices ruling at the last market in this district. There was a fair entry of cattle, and for beef the market was a good one, best quality - making about 255. For stores the demand was very limited, and many were passed in.

[by telegraph.]

Dunedin, Sept. 3.

Good sample milling wheat, 4s. 4cl. to 4s. 7d. ; fowl’s wheat, 2s. 6d. to 35.; feed oats, is. 6d.; miffing is, yd. *0 is. Sd.; malt barley, 2s. gd. to 3s. 3d. ; feed, is. gd. lo 2s. 6d.; potatoes, L2 55.; grass hay, L2 10s.; oaten hay, L 3 ; medium wheat, 3?, gd, ta 45.; straw, L2 ; bran, L 3 10s. ; pollard, Lf jtos. } flour, Lio 10s. to Li 1 ; oatmeal, 10s.; pearl barley, L 1 8; onions, 7s. 6d. to Bs.; cheese, sd. ; bacon, rolled, gd.; hams, ; sides bacon, B}£d. per lb. (grain fed) ; chaff, L2 15s. ; prime beef, 265. per loolbs. ; mutton, 2^d.

Butter, inferior to best $ lb s. 10 d. 0 to s, I d. 2 Eggs, $ dozen I 0 to 0 0 Cheese, prime quality, K 9 lb 0 6 to 0 S Bacon, prime smoked, $ lb 0 10 to I 0 Hams in cloth, 1? lb I 2 to 0 0. Flour in bags, V? roolb 13 0 to 0 0 Oatmeal. IB’ 25th 4 0 to 0 0 Lard, # lb - - 0 7 to ■ 0 O

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 148, 4 September 1880

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