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COMMERCIAL.

Ashburton Retail List.

The Christchurch. Corn Exchange. The following is the report for the week ending Friday, the 22nd inst:— There is no change to report in the state of the market during the past week. The business that is being done is purely a hand-to-jnouth one. The crops in all parts of the country are looking extremely well. Copious rains have fallen all over the country. Up to the present time harvest prospects are exceptionally good. ■ Wheat. —First class milling is still in request, and sales have been effected at 4s 6d, f.o.b. in Lyttelton,, for this quality. Good sound milling, average quality, 4s to 4s 3d in Christchurch ; second quality, 3s 3d to to 3s 6d ; chick, 2s to 3s per bushel. Oats. —Good stout milling oats are being inquired for at from is 6d to is 8d per bushel. Feed parcels are also saleable at from is 3d t° is 4d per bushel. Holders seem rather disinclined to part for the money offered, but there is no advance obtainable on these prices. Inferior feed parcels is to is 2d per bushel. Barley.—There is very little business doing in this grain. Brewers and maltsters are now fully supplied, and are very indifferent. Nothing but the primest samples will tempt them. There is little or no inquiry for shipment; prices have not altered, although sales are difficult to effect. Prime malting, 2s 8d to 33 6d per bushel ; second class samples, 2s 3d to 2s 6d ; feed, is 6d to is qd per bushel. Grass seed.—A few small parcels are still moving off at from 2s 6:1 to 2s lod per bushel, the latter figure for really well cleaned heavy seed. Samples which have been recleaned in town 3s to 3s 3d per bushel ; badly cleaned light seed Is gd to 2s 3d per bushel. Potatoes. —There is no alteration to note in the state of the market. Supplies are abundant. whilst buyers are few and prices low. Small transactions are taking place at prices between 12s 6d and 15s per ton, sacks extra. Cheese and Butter—The market is well supplied with the former, while the demand is sluggish at from 4d to 4)4d. The same remarks are applicable to the latter at from to 6d.

Auctioneers’ Report

STOCK. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, ex., for the week ending Thursday, October 2ist, iSSo, as follows : For yesterday’s market a small supply of mutton was again penned, the bulk being sent to hand out of the wool. There is no doubt but that shearing operations are the cause of the falling off in the supply for the past fortnight, but, the clipping'season over, we do not anticipate such a “ rush” of fat sheep as some are apt to imagine. The rain we are now getting must cause such an abundance of feed as has not been seen in the country for some years, and with the difficulty of procuring store stock, sheep, especially marketable lines of mutton, will in many instances be held over to keep down jjhe pastures. There was an average attendance at yesterday’s auction, and mutton, both shorn and in the wool, met with a ready sale at an advance upon last week’s rates, is per head being perceptible in some lots. Still, considering the limited amount of fat sheep penned, there was an absence of any keen competition, and several lots were unsold. Shorn crossbreds ranged Irom ps to 13s; woollys, 13s to 16s. The entry in stores was confined to a line of 600 hoggets, which we placed at 10s lod, and a few small lots of ewes and lambs, which sold from 8s fid to 13s 6d. The fat cattle sale represented a very large supply of prime beef, for which there was a dull and dragging trade. About two-thirds only of the entry was cleared, and prices may be quoted 5s to 10s per head under last week’s rates. We sold steers L 8 to Lio; heifers, &c., L 5 xos to Ly 10s. The store cattle market was the largest of the our entry alone comprising over 300 head. For quality and evenness of classes they were above the average, and with several good buyers present most of the Tots were cleared with a quick sale at improved and satisfactory prices. The total yarded for the day comprised 4482 sheep, 720 head of cattle, and 52 pigs, of which our entry included 1432 sheep, 298 fat lambs, 413 head of cattle, and 17 pigs, for Messrs. Jno. Grigg, H. T, Smith, and others. The market was glutted with lamb, but it was very difficult to quit any but the best quality. HORSES. On Saturday last we held our usual weekly sale at Tattersall’s, submitting an entry of 103 horses, in addittion to drays, harness, etc., Taking the sale throughout, it was one of the most satisfactory we have held for some months. ASHBURTON —LAND, STOCK, ETC. At the opening sale of our new premises, Ashburton, we catalogued about 80 horses, 15 sets harness, 3 wagons, and 1 dray, out of which we succeeded in disposing of about 40 of the horses at from L 4 for a screwed hack to 45 guineas foi a draught horse. We also sold 9 sets harness at from 30s to L2 5s fid per set; 1 waggon at Ll 4 10s. Greater animation in the horse market than we anticipated. On Friday, 15th, at Ashburton, a large quantity of land was offered by our Mr. Walton, at the opening sale of the new firm of Matson, Cox and Co. There was a very large attendance, but the biddings were not very active. The following were sold : —Lease T. H. Taylor’s farm, Wakanui, for L 495, to Mr. Mullins; lot 4, L 25, r rood, S. B. Nelson; 25, Ll2 ids, do. Lancaster; 26, 27, 28, 31, Ll2 each, do, E. G. Crisp ; 72, 73, 74, 75, L 4 5s each, do. D. Thomas ; 90, L 5 10s, J. Clark; 91, L 5 ss, do.; 92, L 5, do.; 90 and 94, L 4 15s each, Lancaster; 95 and 96, L 4 12s fid each, E. G. Crisp; 97, 98, 99, L 4 12s fid each, Moorshead ; 100 to 103, L 4 15s each, E. G. Crisp. Town sections —No. 785, Peter street, L 53, R. Potter; 155, Tinwald, Ll 6, J. Clark. Rural sections —25199, Hinds, Li 10s per acre, P. Grant ; 33458, do, do, J. Clark. Since this sale we have leased the farm adjoining Taylor’s, known as Hunt’s, containing 96 acres, at L2 per acre. We have also disposed of lot ir, plan of Rev. Mr. Hale’s land, Lower Pligh street, near East Town Belt, containing 1 rood 16 perches, for L3OO. There are numerous purchasers of well situated land at fair rates, but fancy values are not obtainable. To-mor-row, Saturday, 23rd inst., we hold a most important and varied sale of carefully selected sections of land in the estate of the late T. M. Hassal. This will no doubt be a good test of the present state of the land market.

Butter, inferior to best 3b s. 0 • d , 6 to S' 0 d . 8 Eggs, $ dozen - 0 IO to 0 0 Cheese, prime quality, 1? lb 0 6 to 0 8 Bacon, prime smoked, I? lb 0 10 to 1 0 Hams in cloth, $ lb I 2 to 0 0 Flour in bags, loolb Oatmeal, W 25IB 13 0 to 0 0 4 0 to 0 0 Lard, 3b - 0 7 to 0 0

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 173, 22 October 1880

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