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Ashburton Retail List. -iti j>u>- i '-’> ■- Butter, inferior to best, lb, 6d to Bd. Eggs, t? dozen, jod. v prime quality, $ lb, tfd to Bd.-. ; ; ( - Bacon; prime smoked, $ lb, lod to Is. HarnSj-io doth,g{? lb, is id. Flouiyin bags, loolb, 13s. . Oatmeal. zslb, 4s. • Lard, 1? lb. 7<l* i J Auctioneers* Report. i \ Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report ■on the Vhve&rick market, &c., for the week'Coding Thursday, January : 6tb, 1881, as follows: ~The Christmas holidays having now nearly orn cdn»e f fe’a first market in the new year, held yesterday, was characterised by a, Mtfle'more life and activity than has been the case of late. - 1 There was a large supply of all classes of sheep, and, as far as the sale and prices were concerned, it was the most satisfactory held for some time. Merino wethers represented a considerable portion of the entry in fat sheep, and although the bulk of these were sold at from 6s to 7s 3d, crossbreds were 1 more sought after,' and prices ruled is per head better upon an average than last week or the ' week previous. -We placed several lines of pcinife wetheis at.from Us to 11s gd, ewes 9s fid, light weights and inferior quality 8s ' to.gs.’; Jh fatores we sold -a of half, bred shorn-hoggets (in low condition) at 6s nd, and various-small lines at current rates. At inclose b£the sheep sale very few were unsold, aba most of these were afterwards placed privately Rt prices equal to auction rates. - The ■ supply'6P fat lambs was very limited,, and fences rose is to is.ld per head over late sales. Prime lots made 8s to gs ; inferior 6s 6d to 7s 6d. In beef there was very little on offer, most ; of : the trade (having, cleared out their Christmas, supplies) were buyers. .%hers was a, better, demand than we have ’ Moticea for tome months; and most of the lines were placed, 'with considerable competition, at an advance of 10s per head in excess of late rates. ,; . The reason of this sudden : change can only be attributed to the very small market, and the chances are that next week a glut will again reduce values to the average of the past { Wttep’months. The store cattle market was conto a -few useful lines of two to three-year-Vfifpld mixed lots, but a thorough re-action in price seems to have set in, and very few were 501 d.,, The totals yarded for the day comprised ' 6,558 sheep, 253 head of cattle, and 78 pigs, of which ourentry included 4,530 sheep, 94 fat lambs, 194 head cattle, and 78 pigs. In principal sales Were —30 crossbred wethers at 11s gd, 25 do at us 6d, 75 at, n gd, 60 ewes at 10s 6d, 45 mixed at gs 7d, 59 at gs gd, 80 at 93 gd, 30 ".merino wethers at'7s‘3d, 60 at 7s, go at 7s, ! ewes and 1 wethers at 5s gd, 95 . ‘ rfrethers at7s 3d, 46 at-7s id, 45 at 7s, go at ys.f d/ 48 at 7s, 30 at 7s, 60 2-tooth cross-fareds at Bs, 50 mixed do at gs gd, 44 at gs gd, 23 at. , 65., .Stores—lso cross-bred lambs at Js, '' l.wo fialf-bred,shorn hoggets at 6s lid, 1,009 do at 6s 1 id. Tat lambs—l 6at 8s gd, 23 at £»--7s gd,- 28 at 7s gd, 27 at 7s gd. Fat cattle—--15% zat L 7, 2 at L 7 15s, 2 at L 7 ss, ,r i 7? 6d, 3 at L 7, 3at L 7 10s, 2 at L 7, 2 ( at L 6 ss, 4atL7 2s 6s. Pigs—(a draft • from tongbeach) at Li 19s, 15 stores at Li c js,'. 24 at 19s, 4at La 2s 6d.

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 236, 7 January 1881

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