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COMMERCIAL.

Ashburton Retail List

Butter, inferior to best, P lb, 6d to Sd. Eggs, 1? dozen, is. Cheese, prime quality, P lb, 6d to Sd. Bacon, prime smoked, p lb, lod to is. Hams, in cloth, P lb, is id. , Flour, in bags, P 100 lb, 13s. Oatmeal. P 251 b, 4s. Lard, P lb, yd. Auctioneers’ Reports. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the 1 ive stock market, <kc., for the week ending Thursday, December 23rd, 18S0, as follows Yesterday being the Christmas market day, a large entry of all classes of fat stock was sent forward to the Addinglon Yards, for trade supplies. Mut-on was but little in request, tar more fat sheep being penned than were wanted, and anything but the best lines were comparatively neglected and difficult to quit. During the early part of the sale half of the sheep offered were passed unsold,- and when, later in the day, buyers began to operate, it was at very irregular rates, a drop in some instances of more than is per head being noticeable under last week’s prices. At the conclusion of the auction the bulk of the sheep previously passed were disposed of privately at prices equal to the day’s average. For stores there was a fair enquiry, and most of those penned were sold at values a shade lower than lately ruling. Amongst others, we placed 600 fresh conditioned merino wethers at Ss yd to 6s, and smaller lines at proportionate rates. Average.weight fat cross-breds brought 8s to 8s <?d; prime do, to 93. 6d and I is; merino wethers, to ys. Fat lambs were more difficult to dispose of than at any market this season, and prices were is per head “ dewn.” As high as 10s was paid for a pen of choice Downs, but ys was about the average for prime quality. Taken as a whole, the sheep sale was very dull, and exhibited a thorough want of vitality from beginning to end. The fat cattle sale was, to a great extent, a counterpart of the sheep trade, and it was very difficult to do business almost at any price. A large number of the trade had supplied themselves privately outside, rather than risk purchasing too close to Christmas, and where sales were made prices may be quoted as showing no improvement upon late ruling low values. Useful weight nice quality steers brought Ly to Ly 103 ; extra prime to light weight mixed lots, L 6 to Ly. For store cattle a decline in value may also be noticed, though not Jo the same extent or in comparison with the price of beef. Good lines of two to three-year-old steers are worth L 4 15s to L 6 ; yearlings to three-year-olds (mixed), L.2 ios to L 4. There is but little doing in the pig trade, but yesterday more were penned than usual, and realised fair prices. The totals yarded for the day comprised 65 y2 sheep, 466 head of cattle, and 76 pigs, of which our entry included 3444 sheep, 389 fat lambs, 216 head of cattle, and 48 pigs. On Saturday last our catalogue at Tattersall’s comprised an entry of 83 horses, in addition to sundry traps, harness, &c. Their was a fair attendance, and for the better class of light horses a little more competition was shown than has been noticeable of late. We placed a pair of the best draught geldings we have had the pleasure of submitting for some time to a well-known firm for 120 guineas. Of our general entries we sold from 20 to 30 light horses at from L 5 to Ll 4, and a few draught and plough horses (for which at present there is little demand) at from 1.15 to L 25. THE TIN WALD YARDS. Matson and Co. report : —At the Tinwald cattle yards we held our usual fortnightly sale oflive stock, See., at which there was a very large attendance of country visitors. There was an exceptionally large entry for the day, viz., about 7,000 sheep and 450 head of cattle, of which we catalogued about 2,600 sheep, 197 head of cattle, 3 horses, and 9 pigs. We disposed of most of our entry in sheep, fat crossbreds bringing from 8s fid to 93 4cl; store do., ys to 8s 3d ; store merino wethers, 5s 4d. In cattle we sold 101, mixed ages and sexes, at from 1.2 10s to L 4 15s each ; 5 do., Ls 53 to Ly 10s ; Bat L 3 10s; 12 at 39s ; lat US 2s, &c. We also cleared our pigs at from 35s to L 3 per head.

Messrs. T. Ford and Co. report : —At Tinwald, on Tuesday, we yarded 3,400 sheep and over 60 head of cattle on account of Hon. W. S. Peter and F. Tooth, Esq. Of Mr. Peter’s merino ewes 1,200 sold at 6s id each, and 1,500 merino wethers, on account of same owners, brought 6s 3d each, and a line of crossbred ewes from the Alford station brought 7s. 6d each ; 65 head of cattle brought an average of L 3 12s each. Messrs. Jameson and Roberts, agents for R. Wilkin and Co., report;—At the Tinwald sale on Tuesday, there was a large attendance of buyers, and the biddings were animated for the various lots offered. We sold on behalf of our clients as follows : —So fat sheep at 8s 3d, 87 mixed do. at 6s pci, 1,500 store merino wethers at 5s 4d, 190 merino ewes at 4s 6d, 30 rams at 5s ; fat bullocks from L 7 7s to L 8 2s 6d, 26 store steers and heifers at L 4 12s 6d, 63 head do. at L 3 10s, 21 do. from L 3 2s 6d to L 4 17s 6d, 4 young bulls at L2 2s 6d ; best pigs at 555, others at 20s, 265, and 30s each.

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 225, 24 December 1880

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