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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 196, 19 November 1880
Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, $ H> 6d to Bd. Eggs, 1? dozen, is. Cheese, prime quality, 1? lb, 6d to Sd. Bacon, prime smoked, t? lb, lod to is. Hams in cloth, £> lb, is 2d. Flour in bags, I? 100 lb, 13s. Oatmeal. I? 251 b, 4s. Lard, 1? lb, yd. The Christchurch Corn Exchange. The following is the report for the week ending Friday evening, the 19th inst:— Since last report, dated sth November, there is no change to note in values. The week preceding the present being entirely given over to holiday-making, no report was issued. Since then business has been almost at a stand-still, and at this time of year it is questionable whether it is worth while to publish a grain report, one week being but a repetition of its predecessor. The weather continues to be all that can be desired. The crops in nearly all parts of the country arc looking extremely well, and eveiything bids fair for a bountiful harvest. On the light lands rain would be acceptable. Wheat.—-A few small parcels are coming to hand, which are absorbed by the millers, at 4s 2d to 4s 3d. Particular kinds, namely, the hard wheats, when of unexceptional quality, are worth 4s sc! to 4s 6d per bushel ; second quality, 33 to 3s 6d per bushel; chick wheat, is gel to 2s gd per bushel. Oats.—Good stout milling samples are being asked for, at from is Sd to is gd per bushel. Holders, however, seem disinclined to part for the money, anticipating a further rise. This, however, is not likely to take place soon, the difficulty in obtaining freight being a great bar. Feed samples of really good quality are worth is 5d to is 6d per bushel; second class feed parcels, is 3d to is 4d per bushel. Barley.—A few inquiries have been made lately for prime malting samples, but of this kind there are hardly any offering. 3s to 3s 3d is the value for this class ; second-rate samples range from 2s 3d to 2s gd ; feed quality, is 6cl to is gd per bushel. Grass Seed.—The season is now so far advanced that there is really no business doing, but prices remain as before. First-class seed is worth 3s to 3s 3d. Fanners’ parcels, badly cleared, is gd to 2s 3d per bushel. Potatoes.—No business doing ; prices, nominal. Cheese and Butter.—4c! to 4j4d for the former; Sd to fid for the latter. Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending Thursday, November 18th, 18S0, as follows Owing to the fact of there being no sale last week at the Addington yards, there was an unusually large supply of all classes of stock sent forward for yesterday’s auction—the yards being crowded from one end to the other. Both beef and mutton made a large entry, and whilst the general quality of the former was good, the latter was scarcely up to the average of late sales. There were certainly several lines of prime mutton. For Mr. Grigg we placed a splendid line of show cattle at Ll 3 per head, Mr. C. Bearing being the purchaser. As a natural result of a heavy market, there was a decline in the price of fat sheep of something like is per head, but with the erratic and irregular values it is almost impossible to give any fixed quotation. There was a large attendance, and most of those present were buyers, evidenced by the fact that out of an entry of nearly 6,000 sheep submitted by ourselves no' more than 400 were turned out, unsold. Messrs. Gould and Cameron’s crossbred ewes realised 16s to 17s in the wool ; merino wethers, from the same owners, to 1 is 3d ; 200 shorn wethers from the Cashmere estate brought 9s gd. For J. M, Ritchie, Esq., we placed 200 shorn 4-tooth wethers at 105 ; and for other owners 520 store merinos, out of the wool, at 5s 7d ; 150 aged merino ewes at 3s fid ; 770 merino wethers at 4s id; 469 aged merino ewes/with 60 per cent, of lambs at foot, at 4s 7d ; 366 crossbred couples at 12s 7c!; 500 2-tooth crossbreds from 8s to 9s ; and other small lines at comparative rates. The sheep sale, taken throughout, must be looked upon as satisfactory, the decline in values only being' attributable to the large supply. We cannot help thinking, now that shearing is well under way, that fat sheep will continue plentiful in the market, and, if so, yesterday’s rates may be considered equal to, if not in excess of, what rye may expect for some months "to come; The beef sale, as before mentioned, was largely supplied, and prices ruledirregularly. The best quality, however, sold well, arid at satisfactory prices, and taking the average rates, wc quote a firm maintenance of late values. The trade in store cattle was very brisk, and scarcely a pen remained unsold. Two or three-year-old steers are in active demand at from L 5 5s to L 6 10s ; younger ages,; at somewhat less proportionate rates. The totals yarded for the day comprised 10,092 sheep, 640 head of cattle and 28 pigs, of which our entry included 5,835 sheep, 468 lambs, 387 head of cattle and 16 pigs for Messrs. John Grigg, and Gould and Cameron, and others. Tn sheep our principal sales were 120. shorn crossbreds at 1033 d, 200 at 9s gd, 80 at ips 3d, 53 at 9s, 110 at 8s gd, 199 at los, 82 woolly crossbreds at 16s 3d to 17s, 380 merino wethers (in wool) at 10s, 64 crossbred ewes (unshorn) at 12s fid, 71 merino wethers at 1133 d, 32 at ifsfid, 137 at 10s gd and ns, 139 shorn crossbred ewes at 10s. Stores—l 62 woolly merinos at 8s sd, 469 cull merino ewes (shorn), with lambs at foot at 4s yd, 772 merino wethers at 4s id, 150 do at 4s 3d, 150 cull merino wethers at 3s fid, sxß merino wethers at 5s 7d, 204 two-tooth crossbreds at Bs, 157 mixed do at 6s fid to 7s fid. Fat lambs—A large supply and all sold, prices ruling from 6s for scrubbers to 13s for prime quality. Fat cattle —4 at Li 3,2 at LlB 103, 4 at L 7 17s fid,, 3 at L 7 2s fid, 2 at L 6 ios, 2 at L 7, 3 at L 6 153, 3 at L 6 10s, 3 at L 7, 3 at L 7 17s fid, 2 at L 7 15s, 4 at L 7 ios, 5 at L 6 15s, 2 at L 6 7s fid, 2 at L 8 ss, 4 at L 8 12s fid, 5 at L 7 17s fid, 7 at L 8 17s fid. Store steers —5 head at L 6 ios, 5 at L 8 17s fid, 9 at L 5 ios, 11 at L 5 ss, 6 at L 3 Ss, 10 at L 3 15s, 16 at L 4, 4 at L 3 103, 6 at 1,2, 3 at Li gd, 8 at L 3 ios, 17 at L2 12s 6d, 6 at L 3 2.3 fid, 4 at Li ios, 9 at L 4, 3 at L 5 X2s fid, 18 at L 4 19s, 7 at L 3 gs fid, 4 at Li 16s, 12 at L 6 10=, 12 at L 6 ss, &c. On Friday last we held our annual show sale of pedigree stock, the auction being held in the “fonim”at Tattersall’s. Our catalogue was of a very lengthy description, and included a number of choice cat tle from the most noted of cur Canterbury breeders—Messrs. John Grigg, John Deans, William Boag, Hay Bros., C. T. Dudley, John Gebbie, C. Withell, W. Lunn, and others. In addition to those already mentioned, we submitted on account of Mr. Samuel Gardiner, of Bundoora Park, Victoria, a draft of his celebrated Brunswick shorthorns, comprising two bulls and five heifers ; also from the Colac herd, Victoria, on account of Messrs. Robertson Bros,, two bulls and four females. The auction opened wrh Mr. C. J. Eady’s Tasmanian thoroughbred horses, with the following result : —Albion fell to the bid of Mr. Lewis for Sogs, Calstock to Mr. Murray for 6 'gs, Quamby to Mr. Jas. Wilkin for 2oogs, and the St. Albans colt was placed privately for yogs. At the commencement of the cattle sale a very large and influential audience had assembled, and throughout lire whole of the Sftle briskness of bidding, together with a keen i
competition, characterised the proceedings. It is worthy of remark that the Brunswick cattle were sold by catalogue, as they then stood in quarantine at Lyttelton. The following is the result of the sale :—Account Mr. Gardiner—Bull, Alvie’s Hero, 2Sogs; 2nd Summerton’s Earl of Brunswick, 40055; 3rd Duchess of Brunswick, soogs; Flower of Brunswick, 2505 s ; 2nd Roan Duchess, 2595 s ; Read Summerton, 3005 s ; Coax 25th, iSogs ; ar an average of 3045 s each for the seven head. Total, 2i3ogs. Account Robertson Bros.Oxford Duke of Cambridge, 30055; 22nd Duke of Dcrrimui, iSogs; 28th Road Duchess of Derrimut, 30055 ; Flower of Derrimut 2nd, 3305 s ; 31st Duchess of Derrimut, 2cogs ; 581 Countess of Alvie, 12055. Total, 143055, or an average of 238 gs. For Mr. Grigg wc sold twenty yearling bulls, chiefly by Esau and Faction, for 60555, ranging in price from 155 s 5 2 Jigs, making an average of a trifle over 3ogs each ; Esau, for the same owner, being placed at 15055. For Mr John Deans wc placed five bulls, yearlings to Leo, at from Isgs to S°S S » averaging 28gs. On account of same owner, nine females, at from logs to 3555, or an average of 20t4gs. For Messrs Hay Bros., four bulls, from 30gs to 14755, averaging 84gs. For Mr. C. T. Dudley, cows up to 405 s ; two bulls, at 2igs and 4Qgs respectively. For Mr. John Gebbie, Loddon Lass at 40gs. For Mr. Whithell, bull, Johnston, at 32j4gs. For Mr. Lunn, ten cows, at from 155 s to 52>£gs, averaging 2Xj<gs ; and several odd lots at fair prices. Grand total of sale, L 5988 I os. Corn Market. The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, report from London, under date Oct 7th as follows ;—The low level of prices current at date of our last Circular by this route has since been gradually raised, and the tendency of the market has been generally firmer. Unsettled weather and consequent floods in the Northern Counties injured the quality and delayed the ingathering of that portion of the crop, while at the same time a renewal was experienced of the Continental demand which previously had been inactive. These considerations stimulated an important and steady series of purchases on the part of millers and dealers, the result being an enhancement of values all round. Heavy arrivals of foreign wheat at ports of call have reduced the total on passage to more moderate dimensions, viz., 1,328,050 qrs. Exports from the United States are below last year’s shipments, and as farmers are not rapidly placing their produce on the market, the “ visible supply ” is not at present increasing. The estimates of the American harvest do not, however, appear to have been exaggerated; and the knowledge that a heavy surplus will be available from that quarter sooner or later may probably check undue speculation on this side. Arrivals off coast of Australian wheat cargoes have been very numerous, forming a total of 37 out of 115 grain laden ships arriving at ports of call during the month of September. Many of these have been taken, for the North of England, where from the cause above mentioned fine wheats have been particularly wanted. The quantity of Australian wheat in London is limited, and some fine parcels, clean and in good condition, have been placed at 50s, an advance of 4s on values ruling a month ago. New Zealand wheat is dearer. Imports have been large, but the demand is fairly sustained. The quality of the wheat, however, is decidedly inferior on average to that of last year’s product, really fine parcels being a rare occurrence in e ,-en the largest shipments. Latest quotations, ex granary, are as follows South Australian wheat, 48s to 50s 6d per 496!hs ; Victorian. 47s 6d to 49s 6d per 496113 S ; New Zealand, long berried, 46s to 47s per 4961bs ; do. average, 44s to 46s ; do. inferior, 40s to 43s ; Australian flour, 32s to 35s per 28olbs ; New Zealand do., 30 to 33s per 28olbs ; New Zealand oats, 26s to 33s per Imperial quarter. Oats are slow of sale, the demand not being equal to the immediate absorption of the stocks on hand.”
COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 196, 19 November 1880
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