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Auctioneers’ Report.

Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, iyc., for the week ending Thursday, October 28th, 1880, as follows : For yesterday’s weekly sale there was again a very small supply of both fat and store sheep, in fact the smallest market of the season. An .average attendance of the trade was present, and with the exception of one or two small lines all the mutton was quitted, though without any perceptible advance on last week’s rates. Crossbred sheep in the wool brought as high as 17s 6d ; shorn, to 12s fid ; lis being about the average, or equal to 3d and a shade over 2d per lb. respectively. Considering the very limited supply, the tone of the market was not as brisk nor competition as keen as might have been expected, but as regards clearance and price there was no cause for complaint on the part of owners. Store sheep are unchanged. Last week considerably more fat lambs were sent to hand than could be placed almost at any price. Ssveral average lots were sold at 9s. ' This week there was not more than one-fourth the number penned, and the few lines were quickly taken up at an advance of is to is 6d per head upon second class. Beef made a small entry, not more than So or 90 head being yarded, chiefly of good quality. A brisk competition was maintained throughout the sale, and scarcely a line was turned out unsold. Prices generally were marked by an advance of 103 to 15s per head over last week’s rates, and a very satisfactory sale may be recorded. There is an extensive inquiry and large demand for fresh conditioned store cattle, more particularly two to three-year-old lines. The market yesterday was thinly supplied, but the bulk were of the class previously mentioned, and with one or two buyers from the Peninsula, neatly every lot changed owners at improved prices. Trade was quick, and a considerable amount of business done. We would warn owners against anticipating a continuance of the present comparatively high price of mutton, for although the abundance of feed in the country will for a time prevent anything like a serious glut of sheep, yet the completion of shearing must send large lines into the market which had been previously kepi back for the season’s clip. The totals yarded for the day comprised 3518 sheep, 344 head of cattle, and 58 pigs, of which our entry included 9 2 4 sheep, 176 head of cattle, and 43 pigs, for Messrs. H. T. Smith, and others. Canterbury Horse Market.—On Saturday last our weekly horse =ale at TattersalTs comprised a large entry of really first class stock. Over 120 horses of various descriptions were catalogued forauction, more than half the number being draught and plough horses. There was an average attendance, and although the enquiry was not so good for heavy horses as on the previous week, a fair proportion were placed at prices bearing out our late quotations. The sale* was the largest we have held in TattersalTs for some months. Previous to the commencement of the horse sale, we held our weekly auction of dairy stock at the rear of Tattersall’s, facing Hereford street. About 25 head of cattle were yarded, and, with the exception of two or three head, all sold at good prices. Our next sale will be held on Saturday, at 10 o’clock. We wish to draw the attion of parties requiring good light harness horses to a line of between 20 and 30 head, which we shall offer next Saturday at TattersalTs, from the Longbeach estate. They are young, sound, good active sorts, mostly by Spot and Caledon, and all broken to harness. Countiy Sales.—At the Tinwald sale yards on Tuesday, we held our usual fortnightly sale of live slock, &c. There was a numerous attendance of farmers, and the prices obtained were satisfactory. We sold about 100 head of cattle, 240 hoggets, and 60 fat shorn sheep, as follows ;—Calves, from 30s to 39s each ; yearlings, L2 5s to L2 i 2s fid ; eighteen months to z /? years old cattle, at from L3to L 5 15seach ; cows at from L2 10s to L 9 15s each. In sheep'we cleared our entry, viz., 60 shorn fat wethers, at 10s, and 240 hoggets, in wool, at from 12s 2d to 12s fid each.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 179, 29 October 1880

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Auctioneers’ Report. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 179, 29 October 1880