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COMMERCIAL.

ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST.

Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, &c., for the .week ending Thursday, September 30th, 1880, as follows For yesterday’s weekly sale at Addington the supply of fat sheep was somewhat below the average, whilst lejs than 1,000 represented the emry in stores. There was a fair attendance of the trade, and from the way in which the auction commenced it was evident that most of those present were buyers, and that salesmen would have little difficulty in clearing the comparatively small market of sheep. This proved to be the case, for although (with one or two exceptions) no positive advance can bo quoted, very few, if any, of the lots remained, unsold, and last week’s rates were firmly maintained. Shorn sheep are now being sent to hand, and in a few weeks will become plentiful. Gould and Cameron’s crossbred ewes, unshorn, brought 14s 6d to 16smerino wethers from the same owners, lis gd to 12s 3d. Other lots sold at proportionate rates, as per freight and quality. In stores we quitted a line of 378 crossbred wethers at 12s fid to 12s gd, ewes with lambs at 10s fid j hoggets .to ris fid. Fat lambs are in good demand, prices yesterday being is per head better than, last week, the quality being inferior. In fat cattle there is no falling off in supply, whilst the general quality of those penned yesterday was superior to any market of the season. For the.earlier lots (and notably some of the best cattle), there was an absence of anything like brisk competition, buyers evidently depending upon the full market to reduce values. This reduction, however, was most noticeable in the first sales, as late purchasers certainly had to pay dearer than those who supplied themselves earlier in the day. There was a fair entry of store cattle, including several nice lines of two to three-year-old steers. Trade was quiet, and prices a little easier, but through a Southern buyer taking several of the best lots, the market was relieved, and the bulk of the entry found buyers at steady rates. For several weeks past the continued dry weather has had a depressing effect upon store stock transactions, and farmers were anxious as to the prospect and consequence of a diy summer. The nice steady rain which fell on Wednesday night must, however, to a great extent have dispelled this anxiety, and with showery weather during October, the season of 1880-81 will probably be as fine a one as was ever known in Nesv Zealand. The totals yarded for the day comprised 4,284 sheep, 501 head of cattle, and 133 pigs, of which our entry included 2,513 sheep, 189 head of cattle, 46 fat lambs, and S 3 pigs for the National Mortgage Co., Timaru, Messrs. John Grigg, Gould and Cameron, and others. In sheep our principal sales were—l3l crossbred ewes at 14s 3d to 16s, 47 merino wethers at 12s 3d, 96 at 12s, 163 at lis gd, 40 at 12s, 105 at 12s; 101 shorn and crossbred wethers at 9s gd, 258 do. at 10s ; 33 mixed and crossbreds at 13s, 46 do. at 12s fid, 94 at 12s fid, 30 at us fid, 34 at 14s gd; 48 merino wethers at 10s gd, 84 at 10s fid; 202 mixed crossbreds at 15 S » 3° I^s 6d. Stores—7o crossbreds at 10s fid, 40 at Us fid; 181 hoggets at 9s gd ; 101 4-tooth wethers at 12 gd, 277 at !2s fid ; 76 couples at 10s fid ; 100 merino wethers at 4s fid, 80 do. at 4s 3dFat lambs —9 at 7s gd, sat 9s, sat 10s, sat 9s fid, 13 at 12s, 5 at lis fid, 4 at 13s, 5 at us fid. Fat cattle—3 at Lio Ss, 3at L 6 12s fid, 2 at Lio Ss, 4 at L 6 15s ; 6 (light weights) at LS 15s, 3 at L 6 10s, 3 at L 8 2s fid, 3 at LS, 3 at LB, 2 at L 7 2s fid, 7 at L 6 10s, 3 at L 7 2s fid, 4at L 7. Stores—32 head mixed sexes at L$ 12s fid, 7 at L 3, 5 at L2 12s fid, 24 at L2 ss, 12 at L 6, 3 at L 3 10s, S at L 3 2s fid, &c. Springers and dairy cows are very dull of sale, and prices rule Li to L2 per head less than six weeks since. In pigs we cleared our entry as under—7 at 27s fid, II at 395, 5 at 31s, 12 at 47s fid, 13 at 38s fid, ii at 295, 9 at 275, 2 at 18s, 5 at 455, 6 at 42s fid, 4 at 38s.

s. d. s . d. Butter, inferior to best lb 0 6 to 0 8 Eggs, If? dozen 0 9 to 0 0 Cheese, prime quality, 1? lb 0 6 to 0 8 Bacon, prime smoked, ff? .lb 0 10 to I 0 Hams in cloth, lb - ' I 2 to 0 0 Flour in bags, loolb 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 160, 2 October 1880

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