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COMMERCIAL.

ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST.

CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE

The fallowing is the Corn Exchange report for the week ending, Friday evening, the 17th inst.:—

Nothing has occurred during the week which calls for any comment. Values are unchanged in all classes of produce. The weather continues favorable, and crops in most parts of the country are looking well. The light lands are feeling the want of rain, although, as yet, not seriously. Last week’s report with respect to the rainfall registered at the Meteorological Station, Christchurch, should have been 5.74 inches below the general average rainfall from the Ist of January to the end of August, in place of “ The rainfall registered at the Meteorological Station from January Ist to the end of last month was 5.74 inches,” as reported. Wheat.—There is no change to report in the state of the market for this cereal. Millers are in the marl et for good, sound milling qualities. Extreme rates, however, must not be looked for, as flour from Australia can be placed in the market to compete with local produce. Last week’s quotations are repeated —4s. to 4s. 3d. for good milling samples; second quality, 3s. to 3s. gd. j chick wheat, 2s. to 2s. 6d.

Oats.—Shippers are still in the market as purchasers, but the rates asked for by holders have to some extent checked business. Good short milling oats of bright color are saleable at from is. 6d. to is. Bd. in Christchurch. Feed parcels are not in so much request, and will not command more than from is, 3d. to is, per bushel. Barley.—A few unimportant sales have taken place during the week. Maltsters and brewers are by no means eager purchasers, as their stocks are large; Good average malting quality is passing into consumption at from 25. 3d. to 2s. gd. per bushel; feed samples, is. 6d. (o is. Bd. per bushel; extra prime quality is worth 3s. to 3s. 3d., but of this latter there is none in the market.

Potatoes.—A few sales have taken place during the week at prices between 17s. and 20s. per ton, and there are rumors of some large lines having been quitted at less money. The dry weatheriu Sydney will doubtless have an effect 011 prices, and enable holders to quit their stocks.

Grass Seed.—Good clean samples are selling at from 2s. gd. to 3s. Farmers’ parcels, indifferently cleaned, is. gd. to 2s. 6d. per bushel; cocksfoot, to 3 J(d. per lb. Cheese and butter.—The former is in fait supply at from 4d. to The latter—there is no business doing. Prices nominal. Hay—sos. to 555. per ton, delivered in Christchurch.

Messrs. H. Matson and Co. icport on the live stock market, etc., for the week ending Thursday, September 16th, as follows :—On Wednesday last an unusually large supply of beef and mutton was penned for the week’s requirements. The quality, both in sheep and cattle, was, with few exceptions, prime, and, taking the market all round, supeiior to any this season. There was an average attendance of the trade, and although prices held up fairly, considering the supply, the best lots were the most keenly contested for, light weights suffering a decline of is per head under last week’s rates, and several small lines were turned out unsold. In crossbreds Messrs. Gould and Cameron, E. Mitchell, W. Saunders, H. Maddison, John Deans, and P. Grant deserve special mention, the former topping the market with a magnificent line of wethers at 21s. It is not too much to say of these sheep, that for butchers’ purposes, and for giving a remunerative return to the breeder and grazier, they are as near perfection as it is possible to get them. They are heavy weights, large wool growers, splendid quality, and with plenty of constitution, without retaining the characteristics of high-class pedigree stock. Merino wethers, the property of the same owners, brought 12s to 13s, but these were scarcely up to their usual form. In beef, Messrs. John Grigg, Hay Bros., Barker Bros., and a northern constituent were the contributors, and these, with other minor entries, made the fat cattle sale the heaviest and best—as regards quality we have seen for twelve months past. The Longbeach shorthorns, after spirited competition, fell to the bid of Messrs. Hopkins and Co., of Colombo street, at an average of Li 3 15s per head. Messrs. Barker Bros, cattle—an exceedingly nice line —brought L 7 15s to Lio, or an average of L 9 a-piece for the 24 head. The Pigeon Bay cattle realised from L 8 to Lg 12s fid ; other lots, L 8 2s fid to Ln 12s fid. Takingthebeef sale throughout, we haveseldom seen a better supply, nor competition in a full market more evenly maintained. Storecattle made a large entry, but the comparative absence of rain through the winter is beginning to raise doubts in tke minds of graziers as to summer feed, and the enquiry for stores is far from being as active as it was a month since. A line of 44 head of four-year-old cattle failed to find a buyer yesterday, and many smaller lots shared the same fate, the sale dragging throughout. The totals yarded for the day comprised 4,861 sheep, 696 head of cattle, and 57 pigs, of which our entry included 2,080 sheep, 375 head of cattle, 34 fat lambs, and 12 pigs. In sheep, our principal sales were 2o crossbred wethers at 21s, 32 at 19s, 25 at 17s, 30 at 16s fid, 54 at 16s 3d, 31 at 15s, 200 mixed crossbreds at 15s, 20 at 14s fid, 5 1 merino wethers at 13s S > 44 at 123 3d, 86 at 12s, 44 at 12s, 50 at IDs fid, 72 crossbreds at 135 fid, 30 at 13s fid, 44 crossbreds at 16s 3d, 42 at 12s 3d, 70 merinos at 10s fid, 55 Downs at 14s, 30 crossbreds at 14s 3d, 40 merinos at 12s fid, 30 at lis 3d, 105 at ns; stores, 125 crossbreds at 12s, 54 at ns, 35 at 93, 91 merino ewes in lamb at 8s fid ; fat lambs, 8 at 13s fid, 6 at 10s, 6 at 10s, 8 at ns. Fat cattle—2 at Li 3 10s, 3 at Ll 3 17s fid, $ at L 8 1 os, 3 at L 9 10s, S at Lg ss, 4 at L 8 15s, 4 at L 7 15s, 2 at Lio, 3 at Ln 12s fid, 2at Lg ss, 2at L 8 ss, 2 at L 8 10s, 2 at L 8 15=., 2 at Lg, 2 at L 8 12s fid, 3 at L 8 10s, 3 at L 8 15?, 2 at Lg 12s fid, 2 at L 8 2s fid, 4 at L 7 Ss, 3at L 8 12s fid, 4 at L 7 10s, 3 at Lio, 2 at LB, 2 at L 7 10s, 3 at L 8 ss, 3 at L 7 10s, 6 at L 6 ss, 2 at LB, 3 at L 8 ss, 4 at L 7 2s fid, stores, 6 at L 6 2s fid, 7 at L 6 ss. 9 at Li 15s, 3 at L2 15s, 10 at L 4 ss, 15 at L2 Bs, 16 at L 3 1 os, 7 at L 4, etc. Canterbury Horse Market.—ln the horse trade business is quiet and there is little doing. For good sound active farm horses there is a fair enquiry, also for heavy unbroken colts and sound upstanding hacks; others may be quoted at a discount. First-class heavy draught horses are worth from L3O to L 45, according to age and description. Medium costs L2O to L 26 ; good hacks and light harness horses, Ll 5 to L2O ; ordinary do., L 8 to Ln ; weeds, L2 los to LSCountry sales.—On Tuesday at the Tinwald Yards we held our usual fortnightly sale of live stock, etc. There was a very large attendance of buyers, and competition was keen and even throughout. Our entry for the day consisted of 229 head of cattle, 411 sheep, 6 pigs, 5 horses and a few lots of sundries. We succeeded in disposing of 217 head of cattle at the following quotations, viz., fat cattle, L 6 10s, L 7 2s fid, LB, L 8 12s fid, Lg 12s fid. Springers, from L 5 to Lio 12s fid. Yearlings, L2 8s fid to L2 ifis. Calves, Irom 395. to L.2 6s. Twoyear old cattle, L2 17s to L> 12s fid. Sheep, 93, ns, 13s, to 13s 3d. 1 igs, 21s, L 3, and L 3 io; each. Horses, almost unsaleable.

Messrs. Robert Wilkin and Co. report—At a country sale held at Tinwald on Tuesday there was a good attendance of buyers, and an unusually large supply of cattle was brought forward, which description met with fait competition. We sold fat crossbred sheep, mixed sexes, at 14s 4d ; merinos from 11s 3d to 12s sd. Fat cattle from L 7 10s to L 8 17s 6d} three-year-old stores up to L 6 10s; calves from 455. to 70s each.

Dunedin, September 16. Messrs. Murray, Roberts and Co. have received the following telegram dated London, September nth:—“Victorian wool unsteady. Market stronger for crossbreds, improving for superior scoured, but is weaker for medium and faulty scoured, and shows no material change. Foreign buyers operating moderately.” Dunedin, Sept. 17.

Good sample milling wheat, 4s. 4d, to 4s. yd. ; fowl’s wheat, 2s. 6d. to 35.; feed oats, is. 6d, ; milling is. yd. to is. Bd. ; malt barley, 33. gd. to 3s. 3d.; feed, is. gd. to 2s. 6d. ; potatoes, L2 ss. ; grass hay, L2 10s. ; oaten hay, L 3 } medium wheat, 3s. gd, to 4s. j

straw, L2 ; bran, L 3 xos. ; pollard, L 4 10s. ; flour. Lio 10s. to Lit ; oatmeal, Lg 10s.; pearl barley, L 1 8; onions, 7s. 9d, to Bs.; cheese, 6d, ; bacon, rolled, gd.; hams, gj£d. sides bacon, Bj£d. per lb. (grain fed) ; chaff’, La 15s. ; prime beef, 255. per loolbs, ; mutton, to 3d. per lb.

Butter, inferior to best $ lb s. 10 d. 0 to s> 1 d. 0 Eggs, dozen 10 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 z 2 to 0 0 Flour in bags, roolb 13 0 to 0 0 Oatmeal, $ 251b 4 0 to 0 0 Lard, lb - 0 7 to 0 0

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 154, 18 September 1880

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