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Ashburton Retail List.

Batter, inferior to best, P lb, 6d to Bd. Eggs, dozen, is. Cheese, prime quality, P lb, 6d to Bd. Bacon, prime smoked, t"? lb, lod to is. Haras in cloth, $ lb, is qd. Flour in bags, loolb, 13s. Oatmeal. 1? 25ft', 4s. Lard, $ lb, 7(1. The Christchurch Corn Exchange. The following is the report for the week ending Friday evening, the 3rd inst:— The grain market for 'ome considerable time past has been extremely languid. Prices are practically unchanged. The rain, which arrived so opportunely, just as the want of it was beginning to be felt, has, it may be said, effectually allayed all fears as to harvest prospects. The ground is now completely covered by the green crop, so that all moisture is now carefully conserved. The prospects of an abundant harvest are now better than ever. Wheat.—The (one of the market is quiet, and there is little or noihing doing. A parcel now and again comes forward which is taken up by the millers. They are, however, not very large buyers, being at the present moment tolerably well supplied. Good sound milling is worth 4s. 3d. 104 s. 4d.; hard, wheat, of undeniable quality, a shade over these.quotations ; second-class milling samples range from 2s. qd. to 3s. 6d. per bushel; chick wheat, is. qd. to as. qd. Oats. —A better feeling seems to pervade the market. • The price, however, is in no way affected. The difficulty of obtaining freight, which has for some time past been the obstacle to transactions taking place, still exits. Good stout milling are saleable at from is. Bd. to is. qd., free on board ; good feed samples range from is. Sd. to is. 6d., in Christchurch; inferior feed, is. 3d. to is. 4d. Barley.—The transactions taking place in this grain are really of such an unimportant character as to render it difficult to give accurate quotations. Prime malting samples are hardly to be met with, while second rate to inferior are tolerably plentiful and difficult of sale ; for the first named 3s. to 3s. 3d. may be quoted, the second ranges from 2s. 3d. to 2s. qd., while feed parcels are from is. 6d. to is. qd. per bushel. Grass Seed.—There is no business doing. Price nominal.

Potatoes are entirely neglected. Dairy Produce. —Cheese, prime, 4d. to butter, sd. to 6d.

Auctioneers’ Reports.

Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, £'c., for the week ending Thursday, December 2nd, 1880. as T«Hows : The supply auction was somewhat below the average, mutton representing a comparatively small proportion of the- entry in sheep. There was a fair mustering of the trade, and, although prices in some instances were firm at last week’s quotations, values were irregular, and there was an absence of anything like animated biddings, which might have been expected in a thin market. Several lines of sheep were passed in at auction, but afterwards placed privately at rates barely equal to earlier sales. Judging from this, we can only come to the conclusion that, had there been a large supply of mutton, prices must have suffered a considerable decline. There were more store sheep on offer than we have seen yarded for some weeks, chiefly ewes and lambs, and for every line ready buyers were found at prices which must have been eminently satisfactory to vendors. By midday there was scarcely a pen of sheep unsold in the market, prices ranging for fat woolly crossbreds to 14s fid ; shorn do, 9s to 12s fid; fat merinos, out of wool, 6s fid to 7s fid. A line of 700 aged merino ewes (in the wool), with 70 per cent, of strong lambs at foot, sold at Its, and various small lots of shorn 2-tooths 7s to 8s fid per head. The fat cattle market exhibited a falling off in numbers, whilst the quality generally was somewhat inferior. This, no doubt, accounts for the slight firmness in values which was noticeable for the best lines yesterday, though prices are so absurdly low that it is difficult to determine where the price of fat cattle ends and stores commence. We sold light-weight beef at from L 6 10s to L 7 ics ; heavier classes, to L 8 10s per head. In store cattle there was not a large entry, but the bulk of those to hand were good even lots, chiefly 2 to 3-year-olds, and easily saleable sorts. The totals yarded for the dav comprised 6,014 sheep, 492 head of cattle, and 43 pigs, of which our entry included 2,274 sheep, 224 fat lambs, and 336 head of cattle. Fat lambs were in very large supply, and with the exception of a few lines were all prime quality. Although large numbers have been sent in for the last month or so, the demand has been equal to the supply, and prices have kept up much better than last season,

Canterbury Horse Market.—Our last Saturday’s catalogue comprised an entry of 97 horses, drays, harness, etc., for the day’s sale. For the past two months a large number of really useful farm and plough horses have found their way into this market, but buyers for such are scarce, and there is comparatively little business doing. Of course a good few change hands every week, but not as many as might reasonably be expected, considering the class of horses and the price owners are prepared to accept. Hack and light weedy harness horses were never more plentiful than at the present time, and a far greater number of these, in proportion, are sold week‘by week than of the heavier sorts. We quote prices unchanged.

Land Sale.—On Saturday last, at our rooms, the village of South Opawa was submitted to Jjublic competition. The attendance was very arge, the sale rooms being crowded to excess. Biddings were active, and although some of the properties were passed in others found teady purchasers. 29 sections were disposed of, coniaining 6a ir 23p, averaging L 69 lis per section, or L3Ol 17s id per acre. Total amount of the sale, 1.1930. 412 acres, known as Taletta, situate at Ashburton, sold by order of the Registrar of the Supreme Court, realised L 824. We Have disposed of this week privately four sections in the Methven township, contoining one rood each, and being NO3. 67, 68, Br, and 82, for L 6 ios each.

Messrs Robert Wilkin and Co report:—At the Addington Yards on Wednesday 6,041 sheep and 402 head of cattle were penned. The sheep consisted principally of good and prime quality fat crossbreds, together with several mes of full mouthed stores, for which descrip-

tion there is still a brisk demand. The fa cattle market was indifferently supplied, the bulk of which comprised second and medium quality lots, which met with a more ready sale than at laft week’s market. There was a larger supply of stores than usual, the most of which changed hands at fair marfiet rates. We sold on account of some of our clients good quality crossbreds (shorn) at ios each, second ditto at os 6d, ditto light weights at Ss. Fat lambs from 5s 6d to 7s qd, according to quality; fat steers to L 7 7s 6d ; ditto heifers from L 5 ios to L 7. On Thursday, at our New Zealand Wool Stores, we held our weekly sale of sheepskins, hides, rough fat, etc. There was a good attendance of buyers, and the average prices obtained throughout the sale showed a slight improvement on last week’s quotations. Butchers’ crossbred, large and full woolled, 4s qd, 5s sd, 5s yd ; do do, second quality, as 6d, 3s 4d, 4s id, 4s qd ; do merino, large, ss, 5s 6d, 6s id ; do do second quality, 3s 3d, 4s id, 5s ; country crossbreds, large and full woolled, ss, 55 lod, 6s 6d ; do do. second quality, 2s 3d, 3s, 3s 6ci, 453 d, 5s ; do merino, large, ss, 5s 48, 6s, 6s 61 ; do do, second quality, 2s yd, 3s, 3s 10, 4s 6d ss. Lambskins, at 6d, is, is 2d to is. 6d. Pelts at 3d, and 8d to lod. Fat and tallow—There was an average attendance of buyers, and the competition was spirited. Fat, best quality, clean and well saved, to per lb ; second quality, to 2j/jjd per lb ; heated and inferior, per lb. Tallow at z}4d and 2}£d per lb, and 22s 6d pel cwt. Hides, sound, at 3}£d per lb, and 4d pe.i lb for a line of heavy hides. Hides, damaged, 551 b and over at 2}4 d per lb ; dodo, under 551 b, Rt 2 d per lb. Calfskin, sound, at 4d per lb ; do, cut and otherwise damaged, at 2d per lb. Wool—We beg to notify to our clients that our second wool sale of the season will be held on Tuesday, 14th inst., and would request them to forward their consignments as early as possible. * - ■ 11 —MHIIIIWWI

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 207, 3 December 1880

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 207, 3 December 1880

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